Moment of madness sees Tikipunga down to ten men

07/05/2012 12:43

Tikipunga vs. Kerikeri 5th May 2012

By Arriane Christie

Tikipunga Premier Men travelled north to take on Kerikeri Reserve Men in week four of the grading rounds on Saturday, but were forced to play most of the match with ten men after striker Daniel Johnson was sent off in the first half.

Already up three-nil in the 30th minute, Johnson had a moment of madness when a hand ball call did not go his way. The call added to the frustration that had been building and tipped Johnson over the edge. His descent left the referee no option but to send Johnson off.

Tikipunga had started the game well, scoring three goals early on in the match. Chris Mitchell landed two and Steve Crowley once again stepped up when called to the penalty spot. But the feeling that the referee’s calls were not going their way led to Tikipunga’s frustration.

At half time Tikipunga had a chance to talk about how to counter the tension that had been building, and came out of the sheds more relaxed. Against a young Kerikeri team, Tikipunga stayed strong on attack and held possession of the ball. They had a few good attacking chances that couldn’t be converted, thanks to some outstanding goalkeeping from the Kerikeri goalie.

After losing midfielder Tom Davison to injury in the second half and already being one striker down, the Tikipunga line up had to be reshuffled. Goal scorer Mitchell was dropped back into the midfield and impressed coach Clive Adams enough there to earn man of the match. Adams also said he was happy with how the younger players stepped up, complementing Nathan Campbell and Daniel Hilton on their great defensive efforts.

Johnson will find out during the week how severe his ban will be and whether he will have to sit out any more matches.