Tikipunga Premiers vs. Tikipunga Division One 14th April 2012
Johnson scores hat trick in mis-match
By Arriane Christie
In their first match of the grading round, the Tikipunga Premier team played Tikipunga Division One on the newly flattened Tikipunga ground. It was a one-sided battle with the Premiers coming out 10-0 winners. A hat trick by Dan Johnson helped the Premier side to their 10 goal haul. Although it was a shaky start for the striker who went to the penalty spot ten minutes into the game with the scores still at nil all, and kicked it wide.
Man of the match Tom Davison scored the opening goal 15 minutes into the game. That was followed a minute later by a ball lofted over the goalkeeper from Marcus Mulhearn. The third was added less than five minutes later by Johnson, who this time was not going to miss from the left post.
The Division One team then dug deep to keep the Premiers out until the 33rd minute, when they fouled Mike Crowley inside the box. Steve Crowley stepped up to nail the shot past the diving goalkeeper. The score remained 4-0 at half time.
The Premiers had the majority of the possession and territory, and in the second half the constant defending took its toll on the Division One team. The Premier forwards worked well delivering quality through balls to on running strikers. Chris Mitchell scored his first early in the second half off a through ball by Johnson.
The sixth goal came from a free kick taken by Mulhearn and finished by a Mike Crowley header, his second goal for the day. Mitchell scored his second soon after. Johnson’s second goal came from a goal clearance kick by Michael Buchanan which was sent over the heads of both teams for Johnson to run on to. With ten minutes to go, Mike Crowley listened to the coach’s advice from the sideline and dribbled the ball to the edge of the box and slotted one in the corner, to get his second of the day.
With three Premier players sitting on a hat trick, it was Johnson who pounced on a ball delivered over the top of the full backs to score his third goal and the tenth for the team.
The grading round running this year consists of two pools of eight teams and runs for seven weeks. The top three teams from each pool will make up the Premier competition. In other grading results, Tikipunga’s Reserve team went down to Kaitaia 3-2.