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 vs St Charles
On Saturday 4 September 2018, the DHS 1st XI travelled up to PMB to take on St Charles for their opening fixture of the 2018 season.
The game started well for DHS as they enjoyed the majority of possession in the first 5 minutes. St Charles, however, fired into the lead with a well struck free kick from wide. DHS settled again and drew level with an excellent free kick from Kyle Thyssen. This was short lived when St Charles earned a soft free kick which they once again dispatched. Shortly after that they scored a third, leaving it 3-1 with only a minute to play in the half. Not wanting to give up, and showing true character, DHS scored an excellent second through Captain Lindo Mthimkhulu after an excellent possession move from School.
3-2 down at half time, much was needed to turn the game around. The second half was a fairly one-sided affair, with DHS enjoying attack after attack, only being thwarted by some good saves from the St Charles’ goal keeper and some ungenerous officiating.
They did equalise with 15 minutes to play, however, when another excellent passage of play led to Mdletshe tapping it past the keeper. Wave after wave of attack came School’s way, however, nothing came of it, then in the final minute of play the DHS went to sleep from another soft free kick and allowed a free header which the St Charles attacker nodded home. This left the final score 4-3 to St Charles.
vs Clifton
The DHS 1st XI soccer team’s second fixture of the 2018 season took place at Clifton’s home venue of Riverside on Monday 6 August 2018.
DHS flew out the blocks and dominated the game with their energetic pressing and high  tempo passing style. It was not long before this level of play resulted in a goal from a fast counter attack which Jamarie fired into the bottom corner. This lead was doubled soon after when Staplefelt bent a superb shot into the top corner from outside the box after an excellent passage of play from DHS created the space for him. The half time score of 2-0 was a fair reflection of the game.
The second half was much of the same, with DHS enjoying the lion’s share of the controlled possession. The team scored a well-earned third through Mdletshe when, after some quick interplay, he was set up inside the small box and scored. With School leading 3-0, the game was called 10 minutes early, which probably stopped DHS adding the exclamation mark fourth goal.
In the end, a great performance resulted in an excellent result.
Steve Bezuidenhout
Director of Soccer

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