Tikipunga advance to semis after commanding display

07/08/2012 15:14

Tikipunga vs. West Auckland, Federation One Cup, 4th August 2012

Tikipunga advance to semis after commanding display

By Arriane Christie

Tikipunga had a happy trip home after beating West Auckland 4-1 at Brains Park in Auckland on Saturday in the Federation One Cup and advancing to the semi-finals.

Tikipunga started the match well and had scored two goals within 15 minutes. The first came from a long range shot from Marcus Mulhearn which sailed past the novice West Auckland goalkeeper. The second from a corner kick which Paul Brown made certain of finishing from the far post.

A third goal came not long after when Steve Crowley managed a breakaway run, used a one-two pass with Josh Morunga to draw the goalkeeper before he finished to take the score to three.

From then on, Tikipunga dominated the match and took advantage of the conditions favouring them in the first half.  West Auckland had very few chances on attack, and were let down by their lack of finishing.

Just before half time Tikipunga extended their lead to four when Mike Crowley was left with space 40 metres out from goal. He took a long range shot which dropped over the keeper.

Going into the break 4-nil up, Tikipunga coach Clive Adams urged his team to keep a clean sheet. He said it was their game to lose, so they needed to keep their composure.

West Auckland came out firing after the break and went straight on attack. Although it was defensive mix up by Tikipunga that saw West Auckland onto the score sheet two minutes in. Defenseman Daniel Dunbar headed the ball back for keeper Michael Buchanan, who had come off his line. But the ball unfortunately went over Buchanan and into the goal, to make the score 4-1.

Adams “thought that goal might have really revved them up, but they just petered out’, and after 15 minutes, Tikipunga were once again dominating play. Although they were unable to increase their score in the unfavoured second half conditions.

Now unbeaten for five weeks, Adams commented after the match that “we’ve turned a bit of a corner.” Tikipunga are picking up momentum going into the end of the season but the focus is still on the Stafford Choat and Federation One Cup games. The Federation One Cup semi-final will be played on the 1st September.