Local derby grudge match ends in draw

23/04/2013 09:30

Tikipunga vs. Kamo, 20th April 2013

Local derby grudge match ends in draw

By Arriane Christie

Neither team could find the back of the net on Saturday when Tikipunga and Kamo had a nil-all draw at Tikipunga. Both sides had their chances but thanks to some outstanding defence, the deadlock could not be broken.

There was an early one-on-one chance for Kamo but what was described as a “world class save” by Tikipunga player/coach Dan Johnston, from his keeper Michael Buchanan, kept Kamo out. Johnston awarded Buchanan with man of the match after the keeper “kept [Tikipunga] in the game”.

The first half was even with end to end play and both teams had shots go wide of goal or saved. The closest chance for Tikipunga came right on half time when a Mike Crowley shot came hard off the post.

Soon after the break, the tension between the local derby sides spilled over and the referee was forced to hand out yellow cards to both teams. This seemed to fire the home side up and they went on the attack. With most of the possession and territory in the second half, they had a few good chances to go ahead, but couldn’t find the net.

Johnston said he was disappointed with the draw. “I thought we had most of the play, and again, we were not ruthless enough in front of goal”. Johnston did take the clean sheet as a positive from the game and added “any point against Kamo is a good point.”

In other weekend results, Kerikeri beat Central Brown 5-2 at home while Madhatters beat Bream Bay 5-3 at Ruakaka.

Kamo and Tikipunga now sit third equal on the league table on four points behind Kerikeri and Madhatters on six, with Kerikeri and Kamo still to play their postponed round one game. Johnston said he is “confident we can still make an impact on the league. It’s about getting results now.”