Periods of good play secure Tikipunga the win

11/06/2013 09:13

Tikipunga versus Mad Hatters, 8th June 2013

Periods of good play secure Tikipunga the win

By Arriane Christie

In a match that could have had a much higher score, Tikipunga edged out Mad Hatters 4-2 at William Fraser Park on Saturday.

Tikipunga coach Dan Dunbar complimented Mad Hatters game saying ‘they’re a different outfit than they were last time [we played them]; really organised. The coach has got them playing a good style of football.”

Mad Hatters opened the scoring against the run of play when Greg Tetlaw ran on to an overhead ball and slotted an easy shot past the Tikipunga keeper ten minutes into the match.

Tikipunga seemed shocked as Mad Hatters pressed on attack after their goal, but Tikipunga got back into the game and evened the score ten minutes later when they put together some nice passing which ended in Josh Morunga goal.

After having most of the play for the first 30 minutes, fullback Chris Bai put the visitors ahead when he struck the ball hard and along the ground, through the Mad Hatters defence and into the corner of the net.

Shortly after, a sliding tackle by the Mad Hatters defence in their goal-box gave Tikipunga a penalty shot which Steve Crowley stepped up to take. He sent the keeper the wrong way to give the visitors a three-nil lead going into half time.

Dunbar’s forced changes at half time meant Tikipunga had “lost a little bit of experience and changed [their] shape” which let Mad Hatters back into the game. They were able close the gap soon after half time thanks to a Tetlaw shot from another overhead ball.

Both sides had many opportunities to score and at times were unlucky not to, but couldn’t get the final touch into the goal.

Tom Hudson sealed the win for the away team with ten minutes to go when he headed home a long range free kick ball to take the score to 4-2.

In other Premier matches, Kamo drew two-all with Central Brown and Kerikeri beat Bream Bay five-nil.