Kerikeri win rough and tumble match

24/06/2013 08:58

Tikipunga vs. Kerikeri 22nd June 2013

Kerikeri win rough and tumble match

By Arriane Christie

In what was a typically tight grudge match, Kerikeri edged out Tikipunga 1-nil on Saturday at Tikipunga to put one hand on the league title.

Tikipunga coach Daniel Dunbar described the game a “typical Tikipunga/Kerikeri game” with plenty of rough and tumble.

Both teams had good opportunities to score in the first half with Tikipunga’s closest attempt coming from a Gary Langley shot which was just wide of the post.

A minute after the half time break, a momentary lapse in concentration led to a break up the left by Kerikeri. Striker Jeremy Rintoul was able to complete the attack with a nicely finished shot along the ground to beat Tikipunga’s keeper. That was to be the difference between the two teams.

Dunbar commented that Kerikeri “are fighting for the title so they were a little bit hungrier [to win]. It can be hard to replicate that hunger when there’s not as much in it for you.” He did compliment Chris Mitchell on his fired up stint off the bench and awarded keeper Michael Buchanan with man of the match for his effort in goal.

Kerikeri now sit nine points ahead of second placed Kamo on the league table. With the league title out of reach, Tikipunga’s focus now shifts to defending their Stafford Choat and Federation One Cup titles.