Coastal Secure Maximum Points to Top Table – MPL
Coastal Spirit moved clear at the top of the Mainland Premier League (MPL), after winning both their fixtures over the Easter Break.
On Friday, they knocked over previous leaders Cashmere Technical 2 – 1 and then backed up Monday when accounted for FC Twenty11 4 – 2. FC played out the first scoreless draw of the season on the Friday against Nomads, with the latter then drawing 2 – all with Nelson Suburbs on Monday.
Western came out on top of the bottom-of-the-table clash against Universities 1 – nil on Good Friday, with the final game of round 5 between Nelson Suburbs and Ferrymead Bays postponed due to the heavy rain earlier in the week, leaving Saxton Fields unplayable; this game now rescheduled for ANZAC Day.
Technical defeated Western 3 – 1 on Monday with Ferrymead over coming Universities by the same margin. This leave Coastal on top with 15 points, Technical and Bays have 12 with FC round out the top four a further point behind. Suburbs have 7, Nomads 5 with both Universities and Western both on 3.
Coastal took the lead early in the game against Technical, with Jordan Ball brought down in the area, Ball then slotting the penalty home. Sam Orritt then doubled Coastal’s lead midway into the second half. Lyle Matthysen headed home from close range in the final minute, Coastal then having to survive several chances in the 5 minutes of added before they could claim the first ever MPL win over the four time champions.
In the tight opening half between FC and Nomads, Nomads had the ball in the net only to have the ‘goal’ ruled out in a tight off side call. Nomads then had to play the final quarter with only 10 men after Christopher Braithwaite received his second yellow card, FC finished strongly, but they could not make the most of several clear chances.
As expected the game between Universities and Western was a tight, low scoring affair, and just when it seemed a scoreless draw was on card Alex Pak scored from the penalty spot to secure the vital win for Western.
Coastal maintained their winning run when leading FC 2 – nil at the break after Sam Orritt and Aaron Spain scored. FC went further behind when they left Evandro Madruga unmarked in front of goal before Callum Smith pulled a goal back, minutes later Tristian Nicol restored Coastal three goal margin when heading home for a free-kick, Sean Morris scoring a consolation goal in added time for FC.
A stunning volley by Alec Beresford broke the deadlock between Nomads and Suburbs in the 28th minute. Midway into the second half Jacob Anderson doubled Nomads lead, before James Deehan got Suburbs back into the game when he scored against his former club, with Matt Tod-Smith grabbing a share of the points for the visitors, finding the back of the net deep in added time.
Cory Mitchell and Andy Barton scored within a two-minutes of each other to put Technical two up over Western midway into the first half, Daniel Thoms then increasing the lead ten minutes after the break. Alex Pak then scored his second penalty in as many games to reduce the margin.
Bays picked up their biggest win of the season when accounting for Universities. Stu Kelly scored the only goal before the break to give Bays the lead before Rodrigo Balcazar levelled in the 65th minute. Minutes later Nikolai Molijn scored against his former team mates to put Bays back in front, before current Golden Boot holder, Andy Tuckey wrapped up the win when scoring Bays third goal with five minutes remaining.
Technical Stay Top – WPL
Cashmere Technical remained on top of the Women’s Premier League(WPL), winning bother their games over Easter.
In the only game played on Friday Technical defeated arch rivals Coastal Spirit 3 – 0, with the other games on the rounds Waimak vs. Parklands and Tasman vs. FC Twenty11 postponed due to pitch conditions.
On the Monday, Technical edged Tasman 1 – nil with Coastal bouncing back to overcome FC 3 – 1 with Waimak getting the better of Universities 4 – 2. Technical have 12 points, Coastal 9 and Tasman 6. Waimak and FC both are next on 4, Universities have 3 and Parklands yet to pick up a point, with both Waimak and Parklands having game on hand over their rivals.
In the only game played on Friday, Technical made the most of their changes against Coastal, with three goals coming in the opening half. tI was the first time in their 148 WPL games at Coastal conceded three goals in the first 45 minutes without scoring. The first goal came after just five minutes, when Tech quickly broke from a Coastal corner with Ash Ward racing down the right and scoring out wide from just outside the goal area. The hard-working Johanna Hemblett, increased the lead in the 17th minute. Then Coastal were caught out when they failed to clear a cross and Whitney Frame was left unmarked to score her maiden WPL goal. Coastal rallied after the break but could not break down Technical with the loss seeing Coastal hand over the Hawkey Shield.
An Ash Ward goal was the deciding factor when Technical backed-up against Tasman on Monday. After a tight opening half Emma Keech set up Ward to score just after the break. Tasman then had several good chances with Tech just managing to hold on to claim the points.
A double from Mel Cameron saw Coastal in control against FC Twenty11, with Sophie Vos opening her WPL scoring account before Jayda Stewart replied late in the game for FC from the penalty spot.
A penalty from Macey Fraser was the only goal of the half between Waimak and Universities. Fraser then doubled Waimak’s lead before Universities came back strongly with goals to Ashleigh Leonard and Rachel Brodie. Georgia Moore then scored to put Waimak back in front before Emma Fellowes secured Waimak first win of the season.
Results / Scorers
Cashmere Technical 1 (Lyle Matthysen) Coastal Spirit 2 (Jordan Ball – pen, Sam Orritt) HT: 0 – 1
FC Twenty11 0 Nomads United 0
Universities 0 Western 1 (Alex Pak – pen) HT 0 – 0
Nelson Suburbs vs. Ferrymead Bays postponed
Coastal Spirit 4 (Sam Orritt, Aaron Spain, Evandro Madruga, Tristan Nichol) FC Twentry11 2 (Callum Smith, Sean Morris) HT 0 – 2
Ferrymead Bays 3 (Stu Kelly, Nikolai Molijn, Andy Tuckey) Universities 1 (Rodrigo Balcazar) HT 1 – 0
Nomads 2 (Alec Beresford, Jacob Anderson) Nelson Suburbs 2 (Matt Tod-Smith, James Deehan) HT 1 – 0
Western 1 (Alex Pak – pen) Cashmere Technical 3 (Cory Mitchell, Andy Barton, Daniel Thoms) HT 0 – 2
Coastal Spirit 0 Cashmere Technical 3 (Ashleigh Ward, Johanna Hamblett, Whitney Frame) HT: 0 – 3
Tasman United vs. Universities postponed
Waimak United vs. Parklands postponed
FC Twenty11 the bye
Cashmere Technical 1 (Ashleigh Ward) Tasman 0 HT 0 – 1
FC Twenty11 1 (Jaydan Stewart – pen) Coastal Spirit 3 (Mel Cameron 2, Sophie Vos) HT 0 – 1
Universities 2 (Ashleigh Leonard, Rachel Brodie) Waimak 4 (Macey Fraser 2 – incl pen, Georgia Moore, Emma Fellowes) HT 0 – 1
Parklands the bye