Paroa dominates Westport Cos
After last weeks drama in the knock-out cup, Westport Cos once again made the trip down to play Paroa. This time round there was no shortage of goals, but it was Paroa who dominated the scoring this time. Westport, however, were the first to score after a push on Michael Suleman in the Paroa box resulted in a penalty. Josh Roche stepped up to convert, scoring his fourth of the season. Paroa’s leveller came after a rushed clearance was kicked high into the air, the ball caught the wind and looped back to keeper Atila Oliveira whose clearance then ended up in the Westport goal. Anton Merkushev, after last week’s hattrick, failed to get on the score sheet after his free kick hit the crossbar. Paroa got themselves a healthy lead after two Clint Blanch goals in the space of five minutes made it 3-1. Westport were unable to create many chances, and this continued into the second half. Martin McDonald made it four with a long range left footed shot that found the corner of the net. It later became 5 after Judah Wate gathered the ball near the halfway line, made a run all the way into the Westport box to calmly score. The game finished 5-1 to Paroa.
Marist made their second trip of the season south to face Westland United. The strong north westerly wind played havoc at times, challenging both teams’ ball control. Marist’s Ethan Kelleher made several brilliant saves in the first have to keep Westland out and the score remained 0-0 at half time. This game appeared to be going the way of their first encounter, which ended in a 0-0 stalemate, with the score line also goalless with five minutes left. That was until Richard Bungeroth got his head to the ball in the penalty box to give Westland United the 1-0 win. An unlucky defeat for Marist, but credit to Westland United who have now got their second win in a row.
Next week Westport will need to pick themselves up as they are hosting Marist at Coronation Park on Sunday 23rd. Paroa are certainly gaining plenty of momentum and will face a Grey United side that is still looking for its first win of the season. Westland United will have the bye this weekend.
The Dragons faced the Goblins in the women’s main championship. Both sides had one win each coming into this game, but it was the Dragons who came away with the 3-0 win, to put them on 6 points. Lakin Richardson scored her fifth of the season, to join Eve Findlay as top goal scorer for the season. Kim Douglas and Britt Sandler, in her first game for the club, both scored one each. The score could have been different, with the Goblins goalkeeping performing well under pressure and the Goblins attack were unlucky not to get a goal on a number of occasions.
Next week Westland United return to action to face the Goblins for the 12 noon kick off, while the Dragons have the bye.