Suburbs pun­ished by twice-taken penalty kick

Central Leader - - LOCALJOBS - TORIKA TOKALAU-CHANDRA

East­ern Suburbs coach Mal­colm McPher­son did not hold back his dis­ap­point­ment fol­low­ing his team’s con­tro­ver­sial 1-0 loss to lo­cal ri­vals Auck­land City in the Stir­ling Sports Pre­mier­ship on Sun­day.

Af­ter a goal-less first half, City even­tu­ally emerged win­ners at Bill McKin­lay Park af­ter Emil­iano Tade was awarded a penalty in the 71st minute.

The penalty shot was saved by Suburbs goalie Sil­vio Rodic but Tade was al­lowed to take the shot again af­ter ref­eree Matt Conger pe­nalised Suburbs player Finn Cochran for hav­ing han­dled one of his for­mer club mates in the box.

‘‘It’s a lit­tle bit dis­ap­point­ing that we were play­ing prob­a­bly the best side in the league and we get to take a penalty twice,’’ McPher­son said.

‘‘I think it’s prob­a­bly a lit­tle bit soft.’’

It was a dis­ap­point­ing end to their 2016 sea­son, with two back to back losses to their name, he said.

They had ear­lier lost to Can­ter­bury United Dragons a week ago.

‘‘It’s a bit of a shame re­ally, we ac­tu­ally started off the game pretty well

‘‘I think we started to give them a lit­tle too much room, cer­tainly down the sides.

‘‘They prob­a­bly prob­a­bly con­trolled pos­ses­sion 15 to 20 min­utes of that first half.’’

PHOTOTEK

East­ern Suburbs Keeper Sil­vio Rodic was un­able to stop a sec­ond at­tempt at a penalty kick.

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