Tawa comes out best of four teams
Tawa AFC has won a local fourteam under- 21 football tournament, beating Porirua Leste 2-0 in the final.
The U- 21 Finale event was staged at Onepoto Park on August 26 and also included teams from the North Wellington club. More than 100 spectators were there to support the four sides.
Both Tawa and Porirua Leste reached the final under- strength but full of energy and commitment. Tawa hit the lead before halftime when Kieran Pratley poked the ball into the net after frenetic action in front of the goal.
Porirua Leste were left ruing missed opportunities and close shaves. In the dying minutes, their goalkeeper came out as far as halfway and Tawa’s Tim Fenton had little problem sealing the win with a well-taken long-range shot into the opposition’s goal.
Tawa coach Graham Street said the team really appreciated the intensive tournament.
‘‘ It is certainly good for some ‘lesser’ players to experience a tournament and for those Tawa players to win a cup – many players never do. We really appreciate the loan of the North Wellington player – Declan. This tournament shows the sportsmanship that we try to encourage with this U-21s league.’’
Porirua Leste coach Kayne Leighton said his side played an attractive brand of football but luck was not on their side in the final.
‘‘It is a really good experience for our boys to appreciate the tension and urgency present and mental alertness needed in such a short game with quick turnaround between games in a tournament.
The clubs wished to thank Jamie Cross from Capital Football for making the fields available, and council staff for the quality playing surfaces.
Top finish: The Tawa U-21 side proved the strongest of four north Wellington and Porirua teams at a recent tournament.