Photo: Jim Watts
Technical and Nomads Both Win, With Selwyn Securing Vital Point In #MPL20
Cashmere Technical retained their seven-point lead at the top of the Mainland Premier League (MPL) when coming out on a top in a tight top of the table clash against Coastal Spirit 1 – 0. Nomads moved in to second place when accounting for bottomed placed Western 6 – 0. Selwyn secured what could be a vital point in the relegation battle when drawing away to Ferrymead Bays 1 – 1, with both Christchurch United and Nelson Suburbs losing further ground on Technical when playing out just the second scoreless of the season.
After 10 games Technical now have 28 points, with Nomads on 21 and Coastal and Suburbs staying on 18 and 16, respectively. Bays have 15, United 13, with Selwyn now on 1, one ahead of Western.
The top of the table clash lived up to its billing with plenty of drama thrown in as well, with both teams having a goal ruled out and Coastal having calls for a penalty for hand ball waved away. After a tight opening half Technical lifted the pace after the break and after having a goal ruled out in a tight off-side call took the lead with a sweeping build-up involving four Technical players before the ball made its way across the goalmouth from the right to Garbhan Coughlan, who was left in too much space to score to break the deadlock in the 52rd minute.
Both keepers then pulled off several good saves. Coastal fans felt they had scored from a goal mouth scramble but the ball had not crossed the line. Coastal then had a good period in the closing stages of the game but the Technical defence were equal to the task going on to collect their seventh clean sheet of the season.
Nomads racked up their biggest win of the season when accounting for Western, with the six goals split evenly between each half. Nomads captain, Jacob Anderson, claimed his first MPL hat-trick, when scoring the opening two goals and then adding the fifth. Mason Stearn claimed the third midway into the opening half. Sam Philip scored just after the break with the final coming in added time to Nathan Dix.
In what most would call an upset result, Selwyn earnt their first point of the season when holding Bays to a draw. Bays wasted several clean chances early in the game and were made to pay when Joshua Paul scored just before the break for the Stallions. Pieter-taco Bierema, back in goal for Selwyn for the first time this season, produced a great save to deny Ryan Stanley from adding to his tally this season. Midway into the second half Ryan Nicholson ensure Bays earnt a share of the points when scoring which also maintained Bays unbeaten run at home this season.
Both United and Suburbs has goals disallowed for offside, Suburbs in the opening minute of game United’s ruled out just after the break. From a corner taken by United’s Michael White, who had been subbed on just after the break, had Suburbs keeper, Corey Wilson scrambling to clear the ball for another corner. At the other end, Jordan Yong looked to have scored only to be denied by the elbow of United’s stopper, Eddie Ashton. Deep in stoppage time White broke into the Suburbs area before unleashing a thunder bolt that rattled the crossbar before being cleared.
The sides now back up against each other again over the coming weekend. On Saturday, Technical have the home advantage against Coastal, Bays again host Selwyn with Walter Park again the venue when Western take on Nomads. On Sunday United travel north to face Suburbs.
Result / Scorers
Christchurch United 0 Nelson Suburbs 0
Coastal Spirit 0 Cashmere Technical 1 (Garbhan Coughlan) HT 0 – 1
Ferrymead Bays 1 (Ryan Nicholson) Selwyn 1 (Joshua Paul) HT 0 – 1
Western 0 Nomads 6 (Jacob Anderson 3, Nathan Dix, Sam Philip, Mason Stearn) HT 0 – 3
Technical and Waimak Win In #WPL20
As expected, Cashmere Technical and Waimak both recorded wins in Round 8 of the Women’s Premier League (WPL). Technical were untroubled to overcome Universities 8 – 2, but Waimak’s winning score line was a lot closer, holding on to defeat Halswell 3 – 2, as leaders Coastal Spirit had the weekend off with the bye. Coastal have 16 points, Technical and Waimak both are now on 13, Universities have 4 with Halswell yet to claim a point, with both Waimak and Halswell having played one more game.
The goals came quickly between Technical and Universities, with Emma Kench and Annalie Longo putting Tech two up before Holly Pascoe pulled a goal back for the students. Kench then added her second, too bring her tally to 50 WPL goals. Nicola Dominikovich then scored twice for Tech, in between a goal from Frankie Morrow for the students, to make it 5 – 2 at the break. Lara Wall extended the lead straight after the break with the final two goals going to Longo, the Football Ferns third hat-trick of the season and now joint leader in the Golden Boot race, on 11 with Coastal’s Britney Lee Nicholson.
It was the proverbial game of two halves for Waimak against Halswell, with the ‘Mak’ racing out to a three goal lead after just 17 minutes, with goals to Charlotte Roche in the 8th and 17th minute and in between Jaydan Stewart finding the back of the net. Halswell then hit back when Marcella Wood scored, in her first WPL appearance of the season. Waimak’s scoring touch then deserted them after the break with the Hawks coming right back into the game when Ella Fryer scoring with 25 minutes to play. Both sides failed to take the remainder of the chances they created but could not alter the scoreboard.
Round 9 on Saturday see’s Technical at home to Waimak, with Universities hosting Coastal, with Halswell having the bye.
Results / Scorers
Universities 2 (Hollie Pascoe, Frankie Morrow) Cashmere Technical 8 (Annalie Longo 3, Emma Kench 2, Nicola Dominikovich 2, Lara Wall) HT 2 – 5
Waimak 3 (Charlotte Roche 2, Jayda Stewart) Halswell 2 (Ella Fryer, Marcella Wood) HT 3 – 1
No Change To Top Three In #CCL
Round 8 of the Canterbury Championship League brought no change to the leading three sides on the table. Leader’s Halswell were untroubled to remain unbeaten when recording their biggest win of the season when overcoming Universities 7 – 0. Burwood remained in second place when overcoming Waimak 3 – 1. In a tight game FC Twenty11 edged Mid Canterbury 1 – 0, with a Louie Bush goal in the second half breaking the stalemate. St Albans Shirley (SAS) came from a goal down at the break against Parklands before winning 4 – 1.
Halswell have 17 points, one ahead of Burwood with FC on 15. SAS are now in fourth place, with 12, the same as Waimak. Universities have 6, Parklands 5 with Mid Canterbury on 4. In the upcoming round Burwood host Mid Canterbury, Parklands take on Halswell, Universities have the home advantage over FC with Waimak entertaining SAS.
Burwood 3 Waimak 1 HT 1 – 0
Halswell 7 Universities 0 HT 4 – 0
Mid Canterbury 0 FC Twenty11 1 HT 0 – 0
St Albans Shirley 4 Parklands 1 HT 0 – 1
Words: Gavin Searle