First win for Grey United
Paroa stretched their lead at the top of the league with yet another win, this time a 3-0 victory over Marist. The game started very even with neither side able to find a goal in the first half. Paroa picked up in the second half and for the second week running Judah Wate was on hand to break the deadlock and score his fifth goal of the season. Ben Anderson scored Paroa’s second and Anton Merkushev made the game safe with their third. Marist had a number of chances, but Niki Emery made a number of saves. Paroa went down to 10-men after Merkushev saw red following a late challenge, but they held on and kept their clean sheet.
In the early kick-off, Grey United finally got their first win of the season against Westland United. Westland did take the lead after Alex Morris fired in from well outside the box. James McLean equalised just before half time after his long-range shot snuck in at the near post. Jonathan Watts scored with a fine left-footed finish just after the restart, before Carl Schroeder earned and then calmly slotted home a penalty. Grey United thought they had the game wrapped up after Daniel Horridge scored a fourth, only for Westland to go straight down the other end and score through Jeremy Green. Caleb Anderson made it 5 for Grey United after a good turn and finish in the box before Watts scored his second of the day after getting in behind the Westland defence and finishing well. John Kennedy made it 7-2 just before the final whistle. Not for the first time this season, Westland United found themselves on the wrong end of a scoreline that did not reflect how close the game was.
Paroa now sit at the top on 9 points, with Grey United, Westland United and Westport all level on three. This Sunday Paroa travel to Hokitika to play Westland United. Grey United host Westport Cos at Arthur Fong and while three points will be vital for either team to keep up with Paroa, both teams will also compete for the Dory Perchig memorial trophy.
Westland United women’s team had similar misfortune at Arthur Fong at the weekend as the men’s team, as they went down 6-2 against the Dragons. Westland have struggled with goals so far this season, but Hayley Shrives and Danielle Benetti both got their name on the scoresheet. Rebecca Prattley scored a hat-trick for the Dragons, bringing her tally for the season to five. Lakin Richardson is now on seven for the season, after her brace, while Britt Sandler also scored.
This win takes the Dragons to nine points, with the Goblins behind on six. Both side face each other this Sunday and a win will be important for the Goblins with only four league games left.