Nomads Move Back Into Second Place With Bays and Suburbs Also Claiming Wins In #MPL20
Nomads moved back into second place on the New World Men’s Premier League (MPL) ladder when defeating relegation threatend Western 4 – 0. Ferrymead Bays continued their late season run when they were untroubled to put five goals without reply over Selwyn who are also battling to avoid the drop. Nelson Suburbs extended their unbeaten run to five games when edging Christchurch United 4 – 2.
With one round remaining Cashmere Technical are sitting on 58 points, Nomads have 36, one ahead of Coastal Spirit. Bays have 33, Suburbs 31 and United on 24, Selwyn have 5 with Western a point behind.
Nomads made hard work at times to defeat Western, before running away with the game after the break. Nomads almost conceded an own goal early in the game with their keeper, Scott Cameron having to turned the ball away for a corner after a defender nearly turn the ball into his own net. Dan Ede finally put Nomads ahead when scoring before the break.
Western’s Micky Willis fired a shot just over the bar just after the break from a tight angle. Nomads then wasted clear chances due to continually being off side, before doubling their lead when Milan Clarke powerfully headed home on the hour. Western keeper, Aidan Chrystal then saved a penalty before Nomads captain, Jacob Anderson extended the lead with Liam Anderson coming of the bench to score the final goal with two minutes to play.
Bays were also ahead at the break with Ryan Stanley scoring just before the break against Selwyn. Bays then took the game away from the Stallions when scoring four goals in a devastating 10 minute spell. Stanley completed his first MPL hat-trick when scoring twice in the space of three minutes, on the hour mark. Michael White added his name to the scoresheet minutes later with Sam Peterson completing the scoring with 18 minutes to play to secure Bays biggest away win of the season. Selwyn finished the game a player down after Aiden Barbour-Ryan was sin binned with ten to play.
Suburbs finished their home season on a high after defeating United. In a tight opening half Suburbs left it late to claim the lead, with Ed Sillars finding the back of the net in the 45th minute. Suburbs then made the most of defensive errors by United to take control of the game. James McClay double the lead just after the break with Stillars adding two more goals in short time, to claim his first MPL hat-trick the 100th different player to notch up the feat since the league commenced in 2002.
United then pulled a goal back with just over ten minutes to play, with Kaz Komaya reducing the margin further when scoring from the penalty spot in the final minute of added time. The six minutes to play Suburbs keeper, Corey Wilson was subbed of and replaced by Aadarsh Singh, with Wilson up until that stage the last player to have played every minute of every game this season.
In the final round on Saturday, Western host Selwyn in what is effectively a relegation shootout, with a win for either side seeing them retain their MPL status for 2021, with a draw enough for Selwyn to stay up. Nomads have the home advantage over Technical with Nomads needing the win to guarantee season place with Technical looking to end their season undefeated. Coastal host Suburbs with both teams able to move up the table with a win, if the team currently above on the table draw or loose. In the final game, United who are celebrating their 50th Anniversary over the weekend will be out to topple Bays.
Results / Scorers
Nelson Suburbs 4 (Ed Sillars 3, James McClay) Christchurch United 2 (Anthony Likiliki, Kaz Koyama – pen) HT 1 – 0
Nomads 4 (Dan Ede, Milan Clarke, Jacob Anderson, Liam Thomson) Western 0 HT 1 – 0
Selwyn 0 Ferrymead Bays 5 (Ryan Stanley 3, Sam Peterson, Michael White) HT 0 – 1
Technical Claim A Record Fourth South Island Championship
Cashmere Technical claimed South Island supremacy when they defeated Green Island, 4 – 1 in the South Island Football Championship (SIFC) Final in Dunedin on Saturday, with Technical lifting the trophy for a record fourth time, after coming into the final level with Caversham on three wins each.
The Football South Premier League winners, Green Island, who celebrate their 125 Anniversary in 2012, took an early lead when Liam Carrington score from a free-kick after 12 minutes with Technical guilty of some poor defending. Like in the MPL, Technical put the pressure on heading into the break with Andy Tuckey scoring twice in the space of a minute, one a some what harshly awarded penalty. A stunning strike from Garbhan Coughlan extended Technical’s lead with Green Island then going down due to a red card. Coughlan completed the scoring late in the game after Technical were awarded a second spot-kick.
On Tuesday evening Technical, the current holders, take on Coastal in the semi-final of the Blackwells Holden English Cup at English Cup with the winner joining Christchurch United in the Final on 17 October.
South Island Football Championship
Green Island 1 (Liam Carrington) Cashmere Technical 4 (Garbhan Coughlan 2 – incl pen, Andy Tuckey 2 – incl pen) HT 1 – 2