Race Still On For Second To Sixth Place In #MPL20
With three rounds to play in the New World Man’s Premier League (MPL), the race is still on for second to sixth position after the latest round. Cashmere Technical extended their lead at the top of the table when they defeated Christchurch United 2 – 0, as their closest rivals, Nomads went down to Nelson Suburbs 5 – 0. Coastal Spirit defeated Selwyn 2 – 0 with Ferrymead Bays overcoming Western 5 – 1.
Technical now have 52 points, Nomads 33 and Coastal 32. Suburbs and Bays moving to 27, United have 24 with Selwyn and Western level on 4 each, with the relegation issue looking like it will be decided when the two cellar dwellers met in the final game of the season.
Technical ensured that they remained unbeaten at home this season, as well as locking away the Hurley Shield over the summer when accounting for United. Technical looked to have won a penalty early in the game when George King was brought down in the area only for the ref to caution King for simulation. Technical then went close when Fraser Angus headed on to the post with Eddie Ashton saving from Lyle Matthysen. At the other end Tech keeper, Danny Knight pulled of a stunning reflex save to deny Max Chretien and quickly recovered to turn the next shot away for a corner.
Angus broke the stalemate then scoring with a low shot, hit with his left foot, just before the break. Just after the hour mark Ashton pulled of a great save but shortly after Lyle Matthysen doubled the lead, with the win the 50th time Tech have successively defended the shield, 15 in the current tenure.
Suburbs continued with their late season run then toppling Nomads with the winning margin likely to surprise most. Ben Polak, who was an early sub for Lachlan Brooks, opened the scoring with his first MPL goal after 19 minutes. Suburbs then increased the league via a James McClay penalty after Ryan Stewart was brought down. Nomads then saw Daniel Thoms push a shot over the bar from a handy position. Just after the break Ross McPhie extended Suburbs lead before two quick goals in the space of two minutes took the game away from Nomads, the first a free-kick from McClay with Jordan Yong bagging the other.
Coastal closed the gap on Nomads when over coming Selwyn who again suffered from the lack of any finishing power. Andrew Storer opened the scoring when finding the back of the net after just two minutes with Aashish Ria becoming Coastal top scorer for the season when doubling the lead just before the break. Coastal failed to make the most of their chances into the second half, to kill of the game which give Selwyn hope but for the eight time this season the Stallions failed to score.
After Bay’s Ryan Stanley and Western’s Victor Ganescu traded early goals Bays went on to secure their biggest away win of the season, going to the break ahead when after Michael White scored in the 45th minutes. Sam Paterson increased the head midway into the second half before teenage subs, William Pierce and Caleb Manson scored their maiden MPL goals, with the win seeing Bays now move ahead of United and have a real chance of claiming a top four finish.
In the coming week, in a game that has been brought forward from the 3rd October, Coastal face Technical at the Christchurch Football Centre on Tuesday evening at 7:30pm. On Saturday Selwyn host Suburbs in the early game, Coastal face United, Bays entertain Nomads with Western meeting Technical.
Results / Scorers
Cashmere Technical 2 (Fraser Angus, Lyle Matthysen) Christchurch United 0 HT 1 – 0
Nelson Suburbs 5 (James McClay 2 – incl pen, Ross McPhie, Jordan Yong, Ben Polak) Nomads 0 HT 2 – 0
Selwyn 0 Coastal Spirit 2 (Andrew Storer, Aashish Ria) HT 0 – 2
Western 1 (Victor Ganescu) Ferrymead Bays 5 (Caleb Mason, Sam Peterson, Will Pierce, Ryan Stanley, Michael White) HT 1 – 2
Blackwells Holden Reta Fitzpatrick Cup
The semi-finals of the Blackwells Holden Reta Fitzpatrick Cup failed to produced an upset despite a spirited showing by both of the Universities sides. New World Women’s Premier champs, Coastal Spirit come out on top of the Universities CWCL side 8 – 0, with current cup holders Cashmere Technical accounting for the Universities WPL side 5 – 0.
Coastal’s Britney-Lee Nicholson scored after 6 minutes with the students then conceding an own goal minutes later before Whitney Hepburn and Nicholson added further goal before the break. In a hectic five minutes spell after the break, three more goals were scored. Lauren Dabner, who had just been subbed scored within seconds with the students then unluckily conceding another ‘oggie’ within a minute before Mel Cameron make it 7 – 0 in the 50th minute.
The Universities defended well with keeper, Tiffany Ilott producing several quality save during the 80 minutes she was on the field into two notable saves in quick succession, the second off her face. In the final few minutes, Arna Roberts completed the scoring.
Lara Wall was the standout of Technical’s win over their WPL counterparts when notching a hat-trick. In a highly competitive open half Wall opened the scoring on the quarter hour mark before doubling the lead just before the break. Wall completed her hat-trick in the 63rd minute with Monique Barker then scoring twice within the space of two minutes to set up the ‘dream final’ between the top two sides in the WPL for almost a decade with Technical looking to defeat Coastal for the first time this season to deny Coastal claiming the league – cup double, when they meet in the final on Saturday.
Results / Scorers
Universities CWCL 0 Coastal Spirit 8 (Britney-Lee Nicholson 2, Mel Cameron, Lauren Dabner, Arna Roberts, Whitney Hepburn, own goals 2) HT 0 – 4
Universities WPL 0 Cashmere Technical 5 (Lara Wall 3, Monique Barker 2) HT 0 – 2
Halswell Stay Unbeaten In #CCL20 As Promotion Confirmed
Halswell maintained their season long winning run in the Canterbury Championship League when beating their closest rivals, Burwood 5 – 2 and then headed to their their Prize Giving Evening with the news coming through that they will be back in the New World Premier League for 2021 after Blenheim’s Rangers AFC had been confirmed as the Nelson Bays Division 1 champions but had earlier indicated that they were not seeking promotion. On the other Pool A game FC Twenty11 edged Waimak 3 – 2. With one round to go, Halswell now have 42 points, 10 clear of Burwood, FC now to 29 with Waimak on 23.
In Pool B, the leading two sides St Albans Shirley and Burwood could not be separated, playing out a 2 -2 result with Mid Canterbury winning at home, 2 – 1 over Universities. SAS top the table on 19 points, Burwood 17, Mid Canterbury 13 and Universities remaining on 6.
Halswell 5 Burwood 2 HT 3 – 0
Waimak 2 FC Twenty11 3 HT 1 – 1
Mid Canterbury 2 Universities 1 HT 1 – 1
St Albans Shirley 2 Parklands 2 HT 1 – 1
Words: Gavin Searle