Men's firsts hold off stronger Petone challenge.
15 June, 2015
MEN'S PREMIER LEAGUE:
Wellington United 4 ( J. McGarry 2, R. Cahill-Fleury )
At long last our beloved Newtown Park had become available to us, now the under 20's World cup was in its final stages up in Auckland. Luckily the pitch was in excellent condition considering the amount of rain we have had in Wellington. Once again our coach and his assistant had to make numerous changes from the team that had played only two days before against Island Bay, would our lads have enough spark in their individual performances? Would they be complacent having won the first round 12-0?
It was obvious from the very beginning that this game was going to be NO cake walk so to speak. Andy Hedge was forced to make a number of changes and we all know how this disrupts a teams performance and Petone had obviously strengthened their team since we last played them. The first 15 or so minutes were best forgotten as we looked lethargic and and gave away too much possession. We did have a few shots saved by their keeper, we did strike the crossbar but never looked like scoring. That was until Xavier managed to score a goal and give us supporters somethink to cheer us up. We held on to our one goal advantage to a couple of minutes before half-time but sadly a defensive blunder allowed Petone to grab the equalizer. Yak.
We supporters were expecting some fresh legs to take the field for the second half, but I bet the coach gave his team a rocket or two re-that dismal first half and sent the players out with a crystal clear message; perform or else. The lads took the field and showed a lot more urgency and after 10 or so minutes Gianni put us in front after an excellent build up, sighs of relief from our supporters. Shortly after taking a 2-1 lead James McGarry was brought off the bench and boy-o-boy did this substitution work a treat. In no time at all a super individual goal from James, a left peg strike easily beat their keeper giving us a 3-1 lead. Shortly afterwards a precision cross from James and Xavier slotted the ball past their keeper, 4-1. Andy Hedge would have been delighted with his decision to bring on young James who will be called "super-sub" from now on. Petone did manage a late goal to make the score 4-2 to United.
This performance would have pleased their coach Scott Mcleod, a vast improvement on the 12-0 loss to United at the start of the season. For us United folk, a win is a win, still unbeaten and 3 points clear at the top of the table and hopefully all of our players will be back on board when their international duties are completed. The lads can take a well earned rest next weekend as Chatham Cup resumes, as we were edged out of this losing to Central League club Wests in the last round.
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WOMEN'S CENTRAL LEAGUE:
Wellington United 8
(J. Hunter 2, J. Robertson 2,
J. Schepers 2, F. Grange , H. Wignall)
Brooklyn Northern 1
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Posted by Capital Football in April 2015