Tikipunga can’t overcome FC curse

19/06/2012 08:55

Tikipunga vs. Whangarei FC, 16th June 2012

Tikipunga can’t overcome FC curse

By Arriane Christie

Tikipunga couldn’t overcome their bogie team on Saturday, going down one-nil to Whangarei FC at Morningside Park in an even battle.

Tikipunga haven’t beaten Whangarei FC in the last two seasons, and playing at home, Whangarei FC ensured that curse remained. Coming off a big win over Mad Hatters last week, Whangarei FC started the game with intensity. In an even first 25 minutes, Tikipunga had a slight advantage in shots at goal, but their season’s recurring theme continued and they were unable to finish their chances.

Tikipunga coach Clive Adams said “there is a common theme there. We get in the right positions to get shots away, we just don’t take them.”

It was the 32nd minute when Tikipunga had their best scoring chance of the match off a corner kick. Steve Crowley kicked the ball in and Mike Crowley connected for the header but it was sent just wide of the goal. So the score remained nil-all at half time.

Coming out of the sheds, Tikipunga started the second half strongly. They had another great scoring chance nine minutes into the half when the Whangarei FC keeper fumbled a save. Chris Mitchell got a second shot away off the rebound but it was saved off the line by the Whangarei fullback.

With the wind at their backs, Whangarei FC slowly started to put more pressure on the Tikipunga defence, and they were rattled. Adams mentioned the defence “couldn’t clear our lines properly... [and we] were panicking for no reason.” It was Tikipunga’s inability to clear the ball effectively that lead to Whangarei FC’s goal.

In the 73rd minute of the game, Whangarei FC took a corner kick which Tikipunga couldn’t clear. Whangarei FC’s substitute Phil Tunstall pounced on the ball and took a hard shot from the top of the box which went over the outstretched Tikipunga keeper into the left corner.

Despite the shaky efforts in defence, Adams gave his goal keeper, Mike Chapman the man of the match for his outstanding keeping and composure in the goal.

A disappointed Adams said after the, match his team “have to learn their lessons the hard way...and we can’t have any more losses this year.”

It doesn’t get any easier for Tikipunga, who take on top of the table Kamo next week at Tikipunga.