Things are looking up for O’keefe
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.