Things are look­ing up for O’keefe

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

Lloyd O’Keefe is a re­lieved man.

Af­ter weeks where nothing went right, and his Western Sub­urbs side were in freefall down the Cen­tral League football ta­ble, the 4-0 drub­bing of Welling­ton United on Satur­day was the per­fect tonic.

‘‘I’m well chuffed, we were get­ting des­per­ate, but this was a vast im­prove­ment and a huge win,’’ he said of the vic­tory at New­town Park.

Wests were dom­i­nant in all facets, with new face Kieran Cripps – signed from North Welling­ton – show­ing his class in front of goal with a brace.

Defender Scott Hen­der­son also scored a screamer, while Corey Chet­tle­burgh is an­other who adds a dy­namic edge to Wests’ play.

‘‘Kieran was play­ing in Cap­i­tal 1, but he has played New Zealand age group and he knows where the back of the net is. They were ter­rific goals.’’

O’Keefe said their ter­ri­ble run, punc­tu­ated by plenty of in­di­vid­ual mis­takes, may be over. They have no in­juries or sus­pen­sions to deal with now and are look­ing for­ward to a good run.

‘‘The signs are good. I knew we were close to re­ally whack­ing some­one, and that’s what happened [Satur­day]. The team spirit in the squad is ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic but many of the play­ers are not per­form­ing, so hope­fully if we work hard and keep the con­fi­dence up, th­ese re­sults will come.’’

Bot­tom-of-the-ta­ble Maycen­vale will come to En­deav­our Park this Satur­day.

Tawa re­main sec­ond bot­tom, five points ahead of Maycen­vale, af­ter a 1-0 loss to Lower Hutt City. They play sec­ond placed Welling­ton Olympic on Sunday.

Class act: Newly signed Kieran Cripps scores Wests’ sec­ond goal at New­town Park on Satur­day, in a morale­boost­ing 4-0 thrash­ing of Welling­ton United.

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