Rhodes loses soccer final to WSUDate Released: Mon, 20 August 2012 15:59 +0200
By Ashleigh Morris
The final between Rhodes and Walter Sisulu (WSU) was a disappointing game for the home supporters, as they saw their team lose 2-0 after running circles around their opponents.
Rhodes began on the defensive as WSU’s quick and accurate passing looked like it might yield a goal. After absorbing the pressure for some time, Rhodes finally conceded to a brilliant finish by the WSU number 11. A free kick was cleared by the defence, only to be curled into the top left corner, much to the delight of the visiting fans. The keeper managed to get fingertips to it, but didn’t do enough to keep it out.
The Rhodes crowd did not let this silence them, and their chants continued to fill the stands. A visit from the Rhodent mascot served to drastically increase the volume. Rhodes continued to fight back and unfortunately missed a good opportunity as a shot at goal went just right of the post.
However, the pressure did not last. WSU’s second goal can go down as a goalkeeper error, as the ball was fumbled into the path of a WSU’s number 15 – nicknamed ‘Figo’ – who had time to slip the into the back of the net.
That was the only blemish on the keeper’s otherwise stellar performance. It is thanks to him that the scoreline stayed 2-0, as the Rhodes defence lapsed several times, allowing WSU strikers one-on-one chances. Rhodes tried their luck with a few long-range shots, but seldom found the target.
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Photo: Ashleigh Morris.