Coach finds good chemistry for Cup game

09/07/2012 11:11

Tikipunga vs. Glenfield, 7th July 2012

Coach finds good chemistry for Cup game

By Arriane Christie

New look Tikipunga’s Federation Cup campaign got off to a good start on Saturday when they beat Auckland side Glenfield 1-0 at Tikipunga.

With a new line up that saw the Morunga twins, Josh and Luke, up front and Mike Crowley in defence, coach Clive Adams said “the chemistry is right in the team, we’ve got the right guys in the right place.”

The match started evenly with both teams having opportunities to score, but both defences holding tight. The goalkeepers were kept in the game with each having to make saves. But neither team could break the deadlock and the score remained nil-all at half time.

After the break, Tikipunga went straight on the attack. From then on, they looked like the more dominant team. They spent long periods on attack and kept pressure on the Glenfield defence. It wasn’t under the 75th minute when the pressure finally took its toll. Gary Langley was able to make a nice lobbed pass into the box where Lance Dinsdale put pressure on the Glenfield keeper. The keeper was unable to hold the ball and it popped out for Steve Crowley to slot into an open goal.

Tikipunga continued to hassle the Glenfield defence and had multiple chances on attack in the next ten minutes. Glenfield tried to step up the pace but were unable to make the break through. The pressure showed when they had one last chance in the game but couldn’t make anything from their corner kick.

Adams said “it was a team performance and we’ve needed that. We’ve probably got the balance right now that Josh has come back; it looks good with Luke and Josh together. Mike gives us a good a good balance across the back.” He was very happy with the way his team played saying “this is a good start to the Federation Cup and hopefully this will kick on to the league.”

Tikipunga resume in the Premier league against Mad Hatters next Saturday.