Tikipunga vs. Central Brown, 28th April 2012

30/04/2012 11:12

Stern words set Tikipunga straight

By Arriane Christie

After a stern talking to during the week by coach Clive Adams, Tikipunga Premier Men overcame a spirited Central Brown Reserve Men’s’ team 5-nil in their grading round match up on Saturday at Tikipunga.

Playing on the lower Tikipunga field to make way for the North Force game, Tikipunga started the match playing into the strong blustery wind. Despite the conditions, they began on attack and scored after three minutes, thanks to a shot by Marcus Mulhearn from a broken down corner.

Central Brown are considered to be one of the front runners to be added to the expanded Premier grade, and this showed in what was the most equal match up of Tikipunga’s regular season so far.

Central Brown had sustained periods of attack and a few good chances that they were unable to finish and the score remained 1-nil at half time.

In a very different second half, Tikipunga retained control of the ball and had most of the possession with the wind at their backs.  Man of the match, Luke Morunga, was strong in defence and helped the backline hold out any Central Brown attacks.

The pressure on Central Brown took its toll and Tikipunga’s higher fitness levels became obvious. Their second goal was scored 20 minutes into the second half by substitute Patrick Moon off a strong shot by Daniel Johnston which rebounded off the keeper for Moon to slot in from close range.

One minute later Steve Crowley was pushed inside the box and was awarded a penalty. Crowley hit it into the lower left corner to take the score to 3-nil.

Johnson continued his season’s scoring streak ten minutes later with a powerful shot which he sent under the keeper.

In the last ten minutes of the game, Moon managed a break-away run before passing the ball to Chris Mitchell. With Crowley beside him and a two-on-one with the keeper, Mitchell passed the ball to Crowley to ease home for the final scoring play of the game.

Next week, Tikipunga travel to Kerikeri for their game against Kerikeri Reserves at 12.30pm.