Match report for away fixture v North Wellington Saturday 28th April 2018 played at Alex Moore (Rugby ground) Park.
The first team travelled down to North Wellington following on from their draw last week with Marist. The team is presently sitting fourth in the division.
North wellington had a fine win the previous week and on their home artificial pitch are a hard team to play with strong hopes of promotion as their first team is presently top of the premier division and heading into central league football.
The boys were up for the early game, having trained well and looking to put on a performance in front of a decent size crowd. A late warm up injury meant a quick change in our starting line up with Francis Jenkins replacing Ben Jones.
The game was only 20 seconds long when North Wellington set their manner of play when a dangerous mid – air challenge on Josh Harmer saw him clattered to the ground. Referee quote at half time `if more time had been played in the game it would have a red card` !!!!
Anyway the boys dominated the game and in the 20 minute took a deserved lead when Matt Jones slotted the ball home from the edge of the box following a corner kick that fell to him. However within two minutes North Wellington equalised as Josh was receiving treatment for a second collision and they punished us for t the space at the back. North Wellington 1 Waikanae 1.
Half time approached with both teams playing some excellent football and at the break the scores remained deadlocked.
The second half was very much like the first each team having good ball passion but neither finding the killer goal.
Part way into the second a free kick was misjudged by the defence and North Wellington snuck in at the far post to make it 2 -1.
The boys rallied and started to put pressure on North wellington defence creating changes but still not being able to find the net, until a long throw from cam Manclarke found the head of Graham sands who headed the ball into the corner of the net 2 – 2 game on.
The clock ticked down as we entered the final five minutes – 3 points looked to be in the bag when a corner kick dropped to the North Wellington striker but this was brilliantly turned onto the crossbar and then rebounded of the rugby cross bar which runs horizontally to the football goal bar. The ball bounces into play and smashed into the back of the net unbelievable the referee awards the goal – despite complaints from both players and coaching team the goal stood. Spectators watching the game, another football team warming up behind the goal all were questions how can the goal stand after hitting a rugby post that is attached to the football goal. – Let’s see what Capital Football response is following our complaint.
The final whistle blew with the incident over the final goal being the talking point which should not take away from the fact that out unbeaten run continues and the guys battled really hard to get something out of the game. We need to take advantage of the next two games as they are at home and this would build nicely on the performances we have produced away from home..