Morunga combination sets up goal fest

16/07/2012 13:11

Tikipunga vs. Mad Hatters, 14th July 2012

Morunga combination sets up goal fest

By Arriane Christie

In a bottom of the table clash, Tikipunga had a much needed blow out to beat Mad Hatters 7-nil at William Fraser Park on Saturday. The goal fest meant Tikipunga move up one place on the league table after the start of the second and final round.

Tikipunga had a good start to the game with the Morunga combination of twins, Luke and Josh, working well up front. It was just the eighth minute of the game when Luke passed a through ball for Josh to run on to. Josh was able to slip the ball past the keeper with one touch for the first goal of the match.

Just four minutes later in a near mirror image of the first goal, Josh placed the ball nicely for Luke to put away to take the score to two.

Stand in coach Daniel Dunbar said his side then “slipped into a pattern and didn’t play too much football.” Mad Hatters took advantage of Tikipunga’s complacency and started on attack. Their best chance came in the 39th minute and forced man of the match goal keeper, Michael Buchanan, to make a great save and keep the momentum in Tikipunga’s favour.

With the score still 2-nil at half time, Dunbar urged his team to keep the ball and play it to the strikers’ feet.

In the 58th minute, Tikipunga struck again after being awarded a corner kick. Steve Crowley sent the ball into the box where Josh Morunga was allowed a free header, which he did not miss.

It wasn’t long after when Josh Morunga got his hat trick when he was allowed to run with the ball. He beat the keeper before easily finishing and taking the score to four. Ten minutes later he got his fourth goal off a cross ball from Steve Crowley.

Tikipunga’s younger and fitter team started to wear out the Mad Hatters side and dominated most of the second half. Mike Crowley added another two goals in the final five minutes of the game to take their tally to seven. His first came off a corner kick from his brother Steve which he headed in. His second came off a long through ball from Dunbar to Mike Crowley standing in front of goal. Crowley made a nice turn before slotting it past the keeper.

Dunbar complimented the Morunga twins up front saying “the combination between those two is getting better and better.” He also said it was “good team play” that allowed Tikipunga to dominate the match.

Tikipunga are now fourth on the table behind Kamo, Kerikeri and Central Brown who they take on next week.