Tikipunga versus Kamo, Community Cup 2012
By Arriane Christie
Tikipunga started their season with a tough and intense game against Kamo Swifts at Toll Stadium for the Community Shield on Saturday. Their last pre-season match was eventually won by Kamo in a penalty shoot out. The match is played pre-season every year between the previous year’s league winners and the winner of the Stafford Choat.
This year’s game was the curtain raiser to the Football Ferns Olympic qualifier versus Papua New Guinea. Tikipunga took to the field sporting new haircuts for charity. The team raised over their target of $1000 for Leukaemia and Blood New Zealand through Shave for a Cure.
The game started at a fast pace with Tikipunga’s Dan Johnston scoring after two minutes. Things then settled down and Tikipunga let Kamo back into the game. Kamo scored the messy equaliser after 15 minutes through former Whangarei FC player Kyle Mack. Tikipunga lost their focus towards the end of the first half and frustration started to creep in. They were lucky not to concede with Kamo getting a few good shots in before half time. The score remained one-all at half time.
The deadlock stood until the 75th minute when Mike Crowley was fouled just outside the box and Tikipunga were awarded a free kick. Marcus Melhern stood up to take the kick and with the help of the wind at his back, floated it past the goalkeeper. Kamo struck straight back with a goal from a corner kick two minutes later and the scores were once again tied.
Tikipunga fought for the last ten minutes and were unlucky not to score. At full time with the scores locked up, it was to the box for a penalty shoot out. Kamo’s goalkeeper made two saves to give his side the win and the Community Cup.
It was a disappointing result for Tikipunga who dominated for the majority of the match.