Crowley show sets Tikipunga up for 6-nil win

15/05/2012 08:27

Tikipunga vs. Whangarei FC, 12th May 2012

Crowley show sets Tikipunga up for 6-nil win

By Arriane Christie

Tikipunga Premier Men took on Whangarei FC Reserves in what was to be a one-sided grading match at Morningside Park on Saturday, with Tikipunga coming away six-nil victors.

Whangarei FC started the game at a fast pace and were on attack for the first few minutes. But Tikipunga soon settled the pace and had their first scoring chance after ten minutes when Mike Crowley’s shot hit the post.

Five minutes later, Mike Crowley was left with too much space at the top of the box and fired one into the left side of the goal to get Tikipunga’s first.

Tikipunga then continued to play their game, with good passes that stopped Whangarei FC from getting possession of the ball. But Whangarei’s heavily loaded defence kept Tikipunga from making any clear shots.

Tikipunga’s second goal was scored in the 43rd minute when a good ball was sent over the top of the Whangarei defence for Steve Crowley to run on to. He beat his marker with skill and then chipped the keeper to score his first for the day.

Steve Crowley scored his second soon after the restart with a nicely finished shot into the net, sending Tikipunga into the sheds with a three-nil half time advantage.

Five minutes into the second half Tikipunga were on the score sheet again when Marcus Mulhearn passed a nice through ball to Steve Crowley who slotted it past the keeper to complete his hat trick.

Mulhearn then scored his own 15 minutes later with a long range shot that deflected off a Whangarei FC defender and into the net.

Tikipunga squashed any Whangarei attacks, with full back Paul Brown showing composure on defence. Tikipunga’s strong defence only allowed Whangarei FC one shot on goal which went straight to the keeper for an easy save.

With a few players out with injuries and suspensions, coach Clive Adams used himself as a substitute for the final 15 minutes of the game.

In the 82nd minute, Steve Crowley continued his scoring display when he pounced on a rebounding ball to push it past the keeper, taking his own total to four and Tikipunga to six.

Coach Adams was pleased with how his team went considering the missing players. Man of the match was given to Steve Crowley for his four goals, although Adams said it was a tight decision between the two Crowley brothers.