Round 6 of the Mainland Premier League (MPL) saw the leading four sides all winning with 24 goals scored – the most in a round this season, milestones equalled and set.
Nelson Suburbs stayed on top when defeating FC twenty11 4 – 2, Cashmere Technical swamped Nomads 7 – 0, a ten man Western came from behind to defeat Selwyn 3 – 1 with Coastal Spirit dominating Ferrymead Bays 6 – 1.
FC Twenty11 made Suburbs work hard for their win, with both sides having chances before Cam Gordon put Suburbs ahead just before the break. Gordon found the back of the net again early in the second half, then secured his hat-trick on the hour and now tops the Golden Boot ladder with 6 goals.
Cal Botterill then gave FC a chance, reducing the margin when Suburbs should have cleared the ball upfield. The hard-working Jordan Yong was rewarded, scoring Suburbs fourth goal to wrap up the win, with FC Seth Simpson notching his MPL debut goal deep into added time.
Cashmere Technical’s, Garbhan Coughlan had his scoring boots on, scoring a hat-trick in the space of six minutes midway into the opening half and then added a fourth before the break.
The Irishman then became the first player in the MPL to score five goals at one end and joins a select list of players to score five in a game – eighth such occasions this has happened.
Luke Tongue then added a sixth goal for the champions and Coughlan could have the goal scoring record all to himself but selflessly elected to pass the ball to Lyle Matthysen to score the final goal in the closing minutes.
The win not only meant Technical retained the Hurley Shield, but saw them become sixth side to reach the milestone of 350 MPL points achieved in 145 games which blitzes the next best of 196 games by Suburbs and 202 games by Bays.
Coastal Spirit were also in record breaking mood when racking up their biggest ever away win at the expense of neighbours Ferrymead Bays. Aaron Spain and Claudio Inzunza found the back of the net in the space to two minutes to put Coastal two up after nine minutes, before Ryan Nicholson reduced the margin in the 21st minute.
Another quick goal burst saw the lead blow out to 4 – 1 when Haris Zeb and Treye Butler both scored in the space of five minutes just before the break. Zac Gordon extended the lead just early into the second half, in what was the defenders maiden MPL strike and only some brilliant saves by Bays keeper, Adam Highfield preventing the scoreboard from ticking over before Louie Bush scored the final goal two minutes from the end of play.
Western showed their character when coming from behind to deny Selwyn a second win of the season. Just when it looked like the sides would go to the break scoreless, Andrew Storer brought down Daniel Ede with a clumsy tackle just inside the area which earnt Storer a red card and Selwyn a penalty, which Ede was untroubled to slot home.
Early in the second half, Western created a great move which ended with Ryan Stanley heading home to lock up the scoreboard. Stanley then was ‘sin binned’ but Selwyn could not make the most of a two-man advantage. Arian Asghari then found the back of the net to put Western ahead before Alex Pak came off the bench to add Western’s final goal in added time.
Easter Friday will see round 7 played out with the top two side going head to head on Nelson when Suburbs host Technical, Coastal take on Selwyn, Nomads and Bays square off with Western entertaining FC.
Big Win See Technical Move To Top Of #WPL19 Ladder
Cashmere Technical moved to the top of the Women’s Premier League (WPL) ladder when defeating previous leaders, Halswell 7 – 1, with Waimakariri edging Universities 1 – 0 and Coastal Spirit having the bye.
Halswell had their fans at the Nest cheering when Hollie Carlisle-Reeve scored in the opening minute but that is as good as it got, Technical scoring twice before the break.
The score only blew out in the final ten minutes when Technical scored four of their seven goals. Monique Barker and Lara Wall both bagged a brace with Kate Taylor and Chloe Timbrell both scoring their first WPL goals, Halswell also conceding an own goal. Technical now have 250 WPL points, from 109 games just outside Coastal Spirit record of 106 games.
Waimakariri joined Technical as the only unbeaten sides in the league, when they shaded Universities.
In a tight game, Waimak created the better of the chances with Jaz Ball the first to react to a rebound after a shot from Connor Duggan hit the post. The results sees Waimak move into second place and leaves Universities at the foot of the table, scoreless and pointless.
Waimak and United Unbeaten In #CCL19
Waimakariri and Christchurch United remain as the only unbeaten sides in the Canterbury Championship League (CCL) after the weekend.
Waimak still top the table after sending Halswell to their third straight loss when winning 4 – 0, United came out on top of tight encounter against St Albans Shirley, 1 – 0, the first lost for SAS with Parklands securing their first points of the season when defeating Universities 4 – 1 as Burwood had the bye.
MPLResults / Scorers:
Cashmere Technical 7 (Garbhan Coughlan 5, Lyle Matthysen, Luke Tongue)
HT 4 – 0
FC Twenty11 2 (Cal Botterill, Seth Simpson)
Nelson Suburbs 4 (Cameron Gordon 3, Jordon Yong)
HT 0 – 1
Ferrymead Bays 1 (Ryan Nicholson)
Coastal Spirit 6 (Aaron Spain, Claudio Inzunza, Haris Zeb, Treye Butler, Zac Gordon, Louie Bush)
HT 1 – 4
Selwyn 1 (Dan Ede – pen)
Western 3 (Ryan Stanley, Arian Asghari, Alex Pak)
HT 1 – 0
WPL Results & Scorers:
Halswell 1 (Hollie Carlisle-Reeve)
Cashmere Technical 7 (Monique Barker 2, Lara Wall 2, Kate Taylor, Chloe Timbrell, own goal)
HT 1 – 2
Waimakariri 1 (Jaz Ball)
Words Supplied by Gavin Searle Mainland Football