Morunga hat trick puts Tikipunga in the semis

28/08/2012 10:27

Tikipunga vs. Bream Bay, 25th August 2012

Morunga hat trick puts Tikipunga in the semis

By Arriane Christie

Tikipunga overcame a poor start against Bream Bay to dominate the second half and progress through to the semi finals of the Stafford Choat Cup, with a 5-2 win on Saturday at Tikipunga.

The home side’s coach, Clive Adams, commented on his team’s start saying “the first half was pretty rubbish. A couple of defensive errors put us on the back foot.”

A mix up between the Tikipunga fullbacks and goalkeeper five minutes into the game saw Bream Bay striker Scott Welsh pounce on a loose ball. He nailed his shot from wide out into the right hand side of an empty net.

After giving up an early goal, Tikipunga still looked unsettled on defence, and Bream Bay were allowed more attacking chances. They had come out firing and were looking sharp after winning the first division league last week.

It was in the 20th minute when Tikipunga managed to even the score. A cross from joint man of the match Scott Burgess connected with a sliding Josh Morunga on the right post. He managed to sneak the ball in past the Bream Bay keeper to make it one-all.

One minute later, another defensive error by Tikipunga put Bream Bay back in the lead. Bream Bay striker Dean Gillingham was able to use his speed to intercept a weak pass back, and drive his shot past the Tikipunga keeper.

Thirty minutes into the game, Tikipunga levelled the score again thanks to another Morunga goal. After a free kick breakdown, Aaron Taylor kicked a cross ball which Morunga got on the end of and headed home to make the score two-all.

After the break, Tikipunga went straight on the attack. They were awarded a penalty five minutes into the half when Morunga was tripped in the box. Steve Crowley stepped up and nailed his shot to give Tikipunga the lead for the first time in the match.

Adams said “after we scored straight away [in the second half], we had the advantage. Once we were on the front foot, we were away.”

Not long after, the joint man of the match, Morunga got his hat trick with a shot from the top of the box which curled past the diving keeper.

In the 76th minute, Tikipunga stretched their lead further when substitute Lance Dinsdale was left with room at the top of the box. His shot sailed past the Bream Bay keeper and took the score to 5-2.

 Adams said after the game, “the second half was much better really, we just dominated.” Tikipunga now move on to the semi finals which are scheduled for the 8th of September.