Southern Premier League
by Nev Watson, round 1
Dn Tech 2, Ros-Wak nil
Green Island 2, Mosgiel 1
Wanaka 2, Queenstown 6
Green Island hosted reigning champions Mosgiel at Sunnyvale and after a couple of early chances to Mosgiels Cody Brook Green Island settled and harried Mosgiel , none more so than striker Matt Brazier and Eddie Wilkinson - who on debut had a stand out performance . Braziers movement in the penalty box caused the ball to slice off Aidan Barbour-Ryan for an own goal after 5 minutes.
Mosgiels Brook had a equalising goal disallowed for the slightest of handballs on 13 minutes. Brazier then had a shot from 25 yards tipped over the bar by with a flying save from Yousuf Ahmadi . Green Island were now in the ascendenacy and from a corner only Barbour-Ryan on the post kept it out.
An opportunity came Mosgiels way on 27minutes when a free kick following a foul on Rory Findlay was awarded and only a smart save by keeper Christian Firth denied Barbour-Ryan. 5 minutes later it was 1-1 with Cam Anderson receiving the ball at his feet,running and then cutting inside his marker and cooly slotted past Firth.
Rahan Ali took another free kick for Mosgiel minutes later however his effort from 30yards was just over the cross bar. Green Island broke forward and following a great pass from Wilkinson , Braziers strong run into the box drew a foul from Liam Dungey and referee Jack Henderson pointed to the spot and Tom Milton made no mistake on 35 minutes.
The 2nd half saw Green Island implement new coaches - Mark Foster and Shane Carvells game plan - defensively strong they kept their shape and with Blake Porteous at centre back and deep lying Brynn Sinclair in particular standing out Mosgiel were left frustrated despite having the lions share of possession -weren't able to force the equaliser.
Wanaka entertained Queenstown and took the lead through Fletcher Cavanagh following a scintillating run from Michael Gealogo. Queenstowns skilful duo of Jan Kumar and Carlos Hermann combined to equalise on 32 minutes with Hermann nodding home following up on Kumars rebounded effort . William Ebbinge had Queenstown ahead at the break and he made it 3.1 with 30minutes to go. Wanaka pulled one back when Adam Hewsons pass decieved the defence and Toa Roode scored. Hermann bagged his brace from the spot following a foul on Mills.
Mills then scored the last 2 goals with the first being a sublime team movement with 6 slick one touch passing that shredded the Wanaka defence. final score Wanaka 2 Queenstown 6. score
Dunedin Tech ran out 2.0 victors over Roslyn Wakari. Tech went ahead on 18minutes when a through ball caused some hesitation at the back and Caleb Osborne on debut got the important touch. Tech ensured coach Malcolm Femings tenure got off on the right note when Mike Neaverson scored from the penalty spot late on.
Rhys Quarrel, Shay Thom, Luke Clissold and Karma Gyeltshen . Tom Stevens, Harley Rodeka, Jak Stephenson, Josh Lucas, Luke Williams, Michael Sannum, Reid Hulleman , Oliver Colloty,
Matthew Cordelle, Nathan Wilkie , James Govan , Tennessee Kinghorn, Yuni Sung Chang,
Dylan Edwards Curtis Day, Sam Cosgrove, Luke William's, Sam Cosgrove, Yuni Sung Chang , Angus Brett ,
Jaime le Compt, Jak Stephenson and Oliver Colloty. Tom Steven's,
Harley Rodeka, Tennessee Kinghorn,James Govan, Michael Sannum.
Coaches Terry Boylan & Andrew Brook,
2nds Steven Brook & Rob Oram, 3rds Rob Stewart Terry Boylan SNR, Yth Team Terry Hibbert.
Tech squad - Line-up:
GK 01 Cade Fink, RB 07 Chris Boomer, CB 04 Liam Lockhart, CB 12 David Hayman
LB 03 Samual Reidy, RM 06 Michael Bergin, CM 17 Michael Neaverson
LM 08 Caleb Osbourne, RW 10 Will Turner, CF 09 Ashley Watson, LW 02 Joel Theosson-Papp
GK 22 Daniel Robinson, FW 11 Patrick Koppert, FW 14 Chima Robert