Contrasting scorelines were the order of the day in Saturday’s latest Loaded WaiBOP Premiership round.
Tauranga Boys’ College, Waikato Unicol and Melville United all won by large margins, while the other three games were much tighter, with each ending 2-1.
Tauranga Boys’ College seem to have got over the blip in form that saw them fall down the table. Their 6-0 win over Mercury Tokoroa at Southey Field on Saturday moved them back to top spot, albeit on goals scored as they share the same points and goal difference as Flying Mullet Papamoa.
For Boys’ College, their ebullient style of football is back as they savaged their Waikato opponents. As is often the case for the students, the goals were shared around. Danny Warrilow netted twice, while Adam Davidson, Kody Gorst, Scott Walpole and Ryan Peddle all also found the back of the net.
While Boys’ College currently lead the table Papamoa, courtesy of their ISPS Handa Chatham Cup run, have a couple of games in hand so will have the opportunity to make it back to the top.
Papamoa was forced to grind out their 2-1 win at Te Awamutu.
Campbell Higgins and Cole Peverley gave them a two goal buffer at the break but a Jack Connor penalty in the second half meant the hosts were never quite out of the game, despite always being behind on the scoreboard.
The result of the round was Waikato Unicol’s 6-1 statement victory at West Hamilton United.
The hosts opened the scoring but that goal merely disguised the carnage that was to follow.
Riku Soejima, Reuben Henderson and Luke Goodwin all scored twice for Unicol as they laid waste to a side that had beaten them earlier in the season.
Two defeats in their first three games has seen Unicol playing catch up from the start of the season, but their form now is up there with the best in the league and their games in hand mean they loom as genuine title challengers. West Hamilton’s season, one that promised so much a one point, looks to be unravelling as they have now lost as many games as they’ve won.
Taupo slipped off joint top spot after a narrow, extremely late 2-1 upset loss at Otumoetai. First half goals from Indrachai Treerawad for the hosts and Fin Smith for Taupo saw the teams level at the turn, then what looked like being a goalless second half was broken open thanks to Daniel Miller’s strike eight minutes into added time for Otumoetai.
It meant the hosts finally ended on the right side of a single goal scoreline but it would have been the bitterest of pills for the visitors to swallow.
Taupo’s defeat saw them slip to fourth as Melville United’s 5-0 win over Hamilton Wanderers moved the Hamiltonian’s a point ahead of the Lakesiders.
Jordi Ditfort, Michael Kapa, Hamish Utteridge, Josh Nooijen and Subesh Naidu all found the back of the net in an expectedly comfortable victory.
In the other game, Tauranga Blue Rovers eased their relegation fears with a 2-1 victory over Comag Matamata Swifts at Pemberton Park.
Hayden Turlington opened the scoring for the visitors but Rovers hit back twice soon after through Mike Barton and Jared Bailey. Rovers win saw them jump past Tokoroa to tenth on the table.
The shock result of the weekend in the WaiBOP Championship was Kawerau Sports’ 5-4 win at leaders Ngaruawahia United. While the defeat won’t even dent the Green Machine’s promotion hopes it was something of a surprise to see them finally lose their 100% record after such a stellar season so far. They still sit six points clear at the top of the standings.
Taupo’s reserves moved into second, one point ahead of Kawerau, after a 4-1 win at Waharoa Transport Matamata reserves, while Waikato Unicol’s reserves moved up to fourth after a 3-0 win over Tauranga Blue Rovers’ reserves.
The other game, between Otumoetai’s reserves and Te Puke United, finished all square at 2-2.
McKay Tokoroa’s 2-2 draw at home with favourites Tauranga City was the result of the weekend in the WaiBOP Women’s Premier League. The visitors seemed to be on course for victory as they led at the break, but goals from Shanelle Frew and Tamara Ward during the second half saw the match end all square and Tauranga drop their first points in the Premier League. Chynna Davis and Talia Entwistle found the back of the net for Tauranga.
In the other match played on Sunday, Whakatane Town jumped back to top spot after scoring three goals in each half at Papamoa.
Their 6-0 win means they have an extremely healthy goal difference to go with their nine points from four games. Kaelee Doherty and Alexis Koopu both scored twice for Whakatane, while Naomi Courtney-Tennent and Alexandra Wood both scored in the final quarter hour to ensure their team had a great trip home.
The match between Northern United and Melville United was postponed.
Full match details here: http://www.waibopfootball.co.nz/newsarticle/64755