East­ern Sub­urbs forced to swal­low bit­ter pill


East­ern Sub­urbs have felt the full com­pet­i­tive­ness of the Stir­ling Sports Premier­ship with their first sea­son com­ing to an ag­o­nis­ing and dis­ap­point­ing end on the week­end.

The side’s fate in the foot­ball com­pe­ti­tion hinged on Sun­day’s game be­tween Hawkes Bay United and Hamil­ton Wan­der­ers - Sub­urbs hop­ing Wan­der­ers would do the un­think­able. But it wasn’t to be, with a 4-0 win to Hawkes Bay en­sur­ing Sub­urbs fin­ished two points be­hind the fourth and fi­nal play­off spot.

It brought an end to a sea­son which had Sub­urbs con­stantly chal­leng­ing the top four.

Mean­while, their Auck­land com­pan­ions, Auck­land City, will con­test the semi­fi­nal against Hawkes Bay at Ki­witea Street this week­end.

For Sub­urbs coach Mal­colm McPher­son, not mak­ing the play­offs hurt.

‘‘We can’t blame any­one else, but we are dis­ap­pointed if I’m be­ing hon­est,’’ McPher­son said.

‘‘It’s a sense of achieve­ment for the club [fin­ish­ing fifth], but we can’t help but feel dis­ap­pointed that we’re not play­ing this week­end, es­pe­cially with our re­sults against those teams that are in the top four.’’

McPher­son said it was a sea­son of mo­ments, with many games com­ing down to just one or two de­ci­sions, and Sub­urbs of­ten ru­ing missed op­por­tu­ni­ties.


East­ern Sub­urbs’ im­pres­sive first sea­son in the Stir­ling Sports Premier­ship has come to a dis­ap­point­ing end.

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