Dragons Green and Westport Cos won their trophies
The winners of both the men’s and women’s first round competitions were decided on Sunday, with the Dragons Green and Westport Cos claiming the first league trophies of the season.
The Dragons Green faced off against a Goblins side that only needed a draw to maintain top spot since the Goblins had won both of their first two games. The game itself was competitive but unfortunately for the Goblins, not only were they short on numbers but the Dragons were on fire in front of goal. The final scoreline read 8-2 to the Dragons. Jess Gummer, the Goblins player of the day, scored both their goals. Laken Richardson scored four for the Dragons, with Natasha Gagiano, Natasha Van Vanken, Annaliese Cooper and Yvonne Mathis getting the rest.
The main competition begins next week for the women. The league will now drop down to three teams as the Dragon’s two teams merge into just the one. Therefore, there will just be the one game each week with one team having a bye. To kick things off, the Goblins will play Westland United.
Westport Cos had an advantageous start to the season with two consecutive home games. The rest of the league were keen to know how their team would travel and this weekend they made the trip all the way to Hokitika to play Westland United. Westland United probably had the better of the first half but couldn’t capitalise in front of goal and even missed a penalty. Westport, despite the slow start, really kicked into gear in the second half, scoring 5 goals to add to their 1 in the first half, to earn their second 6-1 win in two games. Dan Maloney maintained his 100% scoring record for the season, with another two goals, taking his overall tally to 6. Kane Marshall, Riley Simpson and Grant Smith all scored from open play with Josh Roche scoring a penalty. Jeremy Green scored the consolation goal for Westland United. With three wins out of three, giving Westport 9 points, it was left for Marist to see if they could keep pace as they faced Paroa at Arthur Fong.
Ben Anderson put Paroa in the lead with his tenth goal of the season before David Low pulled one back for Marist before half time. Paroa had several chances in the second half, hitting the post twice, but it was goals from Jasper Reinink and Judah Wate that separated the two sides. Marist earned themselves some good attacking opportunities, but they couldn’t find the net. A 3-1 win for Paroa leaves them in second, and while they have a bye next weekend, due to an impressive goal difference that is where they will likely find themselves at the end of the first round.
Grey United host Westland United in the 12.30pm kick-off on Sunday 26th. Both sides have positive performances to show already, just not the results. They will both be keen to pick up their first win of the season. Marist host Westport Cos at 2.30pm and will be looking to give Westport a bigger test than the other teams have managed so far. Both games are at Arthur Fong.