Half time rev up steers Tikipunga to win

04/06/2013 08:30

Tikipunga vs. Central Brown 1st June 2013

Half time rev up steers Tikipunga to win

By Arriane Christie

Thanks to a last minute goal from player/coach Daniel Dunbar, Tikipunga came from behind to beat Central Brown 3-2 on Saturday at Tikipunga.

After a poor start which saw them go into the break two-nil down, a half time rocket from Dunbar inspired Tikipunga to a better second half.

Central Brown had Tikipunga on the back foot just five minutes into the game when Tikipunga couldn’t clear their defence and Central Brown’s Bruce Plunkett took advantage, slotting a loose ball into the corner of the goal.

It didn’t get better from there with Tikipunga’s inaccurate passing and turnover ball costing them chances.

Thirty minutes in, Tikipunga keeper Joshua Morunga made an outstretched save to keep Central Brown out, but when Tikipunga fouled just outside the box minutes later, the resulting free kick was deflected off the wall and into the goal to put the visitors two-nil ahead.

Dunbar said he used stern language during his half time talk to encourage his team to “play with more pride in the jersey”. And what he said worked as his team came out harder after the break.

It took just five minutes for Chris Bai to claw one back for the home side when he was given time to shoot and nailed it into the bottom corner of the net.

Another important diving save from Morunga kept Tikipunga in the game before Steve Crowley drew the scores level with his 80th minute goal.

With less than a minute remaining, Crowley was allowed to dribble along the baseline before dropping a pass back to Dunbar who slotted home the winner.

Dunbar said he “couldn’t be happier” with how his team went in the second half. “They haven’t had a rocket like that in a while...and they came out and worked hard [after the break]”.

The win keeps Tikipunga in the top three on the league table with Kerikeri and Kamo ahead.