The Goblins made it two wins out of two in the women’s first round cup with their second 4-0 win in two weeks. This time they faced off against the Dragons White side. Eve Findlay added to her two goals last week a hat-trick this week, while Poppy-Blu Reyland got the fourth goal for the Goblins. This is another impressive win for the Goblins side, who are inching closer to claiming the first-round trophy.
In the early game, Westland United played Dragons Green in a 5-a-side game due to the unavailability of a number of players. Westland came out in attack to start the game, but the Dragon’s defence held strong in the opening twenty minutes. Bridget Robinson and Ngawai Tahi had some good efforts for Westland, but they couldn’t put any past the Dragon’s keeper. The Dragons found the net twice in the first half, to take a strong lead into the second half. The Dragon’s kept up their attacking momentum in the second half with more attempts on goal, but some good Westland defending and saves by their goalkeeper limited the Dragons to two more goals in the second half, for the game to finish 4-0. The Dragons Green goal scorers were Janny Verveer, Rachael de Ruyter, Kim Douglas and Rebecca Prattley. With 5 players on each team playing on a field designed originally for 9-a-side, both sides finished the game fairly puffed.
The Goblins now sit on six points with the Dragons Green on 4. Inevitably the last game of the first-round trophy will be played between these two sides in the 12-noon kick-off on Sunday 12th. The Dragons Green must win the game to overtake the Goblins, while the Goblins can make do with a draw. Dragons White play Westland United in the 1.15pm kickoff.
After last week’s dramatic loss to Paroa, Westland United were aiming to get their season back on track in the men’s competition. This time they were up against last season’s league winners, Marist. In a very tight game down, played in perfect condition at Westland High School, neither side could break the deadlock and the game finished 0-0. The best chance for a goal came when Marist was awarded a penalty after a handball in the box, but Sam Reeves in the Westland goal made the important save.
At Arthur Fong, Paroa faced off against Grey United in what was another hugely competitive game. There were plenty of familiar and seasoned faces on the field, but it was the young players on both sides that brought this game to life. Clint Blanch made a good run into the Grey United box after a Paroa counter-attack, and what appeared to be a cross sailed over Franko Horridge in the Grey United goal into the net. Grey United found an equaliser just before half-time, after a 50-50 challenge in midfield was waved to play on, Jonathan Watts played to the whistle to receive a through ball and calmly finish past the keeper. In the second half, Paroa once again took the lead after Judah Wate dribbled past two United defenders before firing past Horridge. Horridge was called upon to make a few important saves later in the half and Wate hit the crossbar with a great effort. At the other end, Watts and Daniel Horridge kept working hard. Daniel hit the post with a long-range effort, before later on finding some room on the edge of the box a shooting over Niki Emery in the Paroa goal to equalise again, for the final scoreline of 2-2.
With three more rounds to play in the first-round competition, all teams still have plenty to play for. The two draws will certainly suit Westport Cos, who sat this weekend out before they host Paroa next weekend at Coronation Park. Grey United and Marist will both be looking for their first win of the season in the other game at Arthur Fong. Westland United have the bye.