KPFC trumps Boksburg 5-1

BOKSBURG stood in the way of Kempton Park Football Club’s first team on Saturday but it did not stop a supremely confident side from sweeping them away 5-1 in what was a more than an impressive performance.

As in the previous three matches, Kempton flew straight out of the blocks and led after three minutes when Euclid Palmer managed to keep the ball alive near the right-hand corner flag before turning his defender sideways and delivering a perfect pass. Michael Lemphale controlled before spinning round and striking the ball home.

Kempton were running rings around Boksburg and a second goal was not long in coming. This time it was Byron Jarman who fired in a free kick from a full 35 metres out which, with the help of a deflection, looped up and over the Boksburg goalkeeper and in.

The goal of the game was Kempton’s third. Palmer superbly controlled a high ball on the Boksburg side of the centre circle, almost catching it on his right foot before confronting and beating a central defender, driving into the box with his amazing pace and clipping the ball perfectly inside the left-hand post.

A goal on the stroke of half-time made it 4-0 to the reds. Lemphale scored his second when a nervous Boksburg goalie had a clearance charged down and allowed the Kempton striker to place into an empty net.

The half-time team talk impelled the Kempton players to keep things tight and not bust a gut as the game was effectively won. The second half lacked the intensity of the first and was easily controlled by the Kempton boys.

However, midway through the half, a lapse in concentration allowed Boksburg to break down the right and a fine strike ended up beating the hitherto, hardly tested, Dean Workman low to his left.

Substitute Skillo Ditshego completed the Kempton Park scoring when he finished a move started by the returning from injury Quenn Hartridge, who exchanged passes with Dion Homela and Nathi Shange by deftly chipping over a stranded keeper. The ball flicked off the underside of the crossbar on its way in.

Kempton moved up to third in the league following this win. When you consider they only had three points after eight games, this is a remarkable achievement. Man of the match was Euclid Palmer.

The second team battled to a hard-fought 2-1 victory over their Boksburg opponents in a scrappy game where chances aplenty were created but squandered with abandon.

After missing several opportunities, Kempton finally took the lead when Skillo Ditshego scored from close range. Just before half-time Boksburg equalised with only their second strike on goal.

The second half was a midfield battle with little for either goalkeeper to do before Rudolph Komape sprinted down the left, swivelled past a hapless defender and calmly side-footed inside the near post.

The third team played in the ELFA Division 1 Cup Final against Olympia at Benoni Northerns on Sunday. They took the lead halfway through the first half after striking the crossbar twice and forcing two good saves out of the goalkeeper in earlier sorties, the goal a fabulous strike from 20 yards out.

Kempton held the lead until, with three minutes of the game to go, Olympia scored with a speculative shot which narrowly crept inside the left hand upright.

Extra time it was and Olympia took the lead in the first half with an ugly goal that was bundled after some comedic defending by the Kempton lads.

With five minutes of the second period of extra time remaining, Kempton made it 2-2 when a glorious free kick found its way into the top right-hand corner. Penalties would decide the encounter.

Olympia missed none, Kempton missed one and it was a 5-4 defeat for the battling team in red.

Kempton’s first and second sides play Alberton away on Tuesday night before completing the season with another away trip to Robertsham on Saturday.

Kempton Express

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