Wests back from brink
Western Suburbs’ coach Lloyd O’keefe declared himself ‘‘ relatively happy’’ after his side’s 1-1 draw with Miramar Rangers on Saturday, a result that leaves them third in the Central League.
Following a 3- 1 loss to Wairarapa Utd on Anzac Day – where Wests missed a host of chances to kill the game off – it didn’t look like things were getting better in the first half against Rangers at Endeavour Park.
‘‘ They really came at us, dominated the first half and to be honest, we were dreadful. But we got back into it and I was pleased to get a draw,’’ O’keefe says.
The Wairarapa loss hurt O’keefe, as the Chatham Cup champions were shorn of their stars and he felt they were there for the taking.
‘‘We should have had that game in the bag, we exploited some of their weaknesses but didn’t make it count. It was very disappointing and I think there was a hangover in the first half against Miramar.’’
O’keefe says the two wins-one loss-one draw start is good, however, with English import Martin Coleman likely to prove his worth once he recovers from an injury. Two players from the USA and one other signing will further strengthen their squad in the coming weeks.
This Saturday they travel to Memorial Park to take on a Petone side that are ‘‘tracking nicely’’, O’keefe says.
Tawa, meanwhile, could not follow up their impressive 3-1 Anzac Day win over Rangers, losing 4-0 away to Napier City Rovers on Sunday.
They host Wairarapa at Redwood on Saturday.
Defensive leader: Wests’ central defender Trent Watson took some stick from the Wairarapa fans during their match on Anzac Day, but his coach Lloyd O’keefe says Watson is an ‘‘immense’’ player for their team.