Tawa comes out best of four teams

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT -

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.

Photo: SUP­PLIED

Top fin­ish: The Tawa U-21 side proved the strong­est of four north Welling­ton and Porirua teams at a re­cent tour­na­ment.

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