Team ‘has what it takes’

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West­ern Sub­urbs Foot­ball Club’s un­der-15 side will rep­re­sent the re­gion in the Nike Cup, af­ter they saw off ri­vals Mi­ra­mar 2-1 in the Welling­ton fi­nal re­cently.

The an­nual Nike Cup in­volves teams around the world try­ing to qual­ify for the fi­nals tour­na­ment at Old Traf­ford, the home of Manch­ester United.

Wests will now have to beat the best Auck­land and Christchurch have to of­fer, be­fore the win­ner takes on Aus­tralia’s best.

Wests first knocked out Pe­tone 3-0 in their Nike opener, be­fore tak­ing on Karori at Te Whaea in Welling­ton on Fe­bru­ary 17. De­spite go­ing be­hind early, Wests com­manded pos­ses­sion for the rest of the first half and scored on the stroke of half-time through Nathan Perkins.

Sam Gille­spie struck the win­ner in the sec­ond half, a beau­ti­fully timed shot from out­side the box.

The fi­nal with Mi­ra­mar was al­ways go­ing to be a tight af­fair.

The first half closed at 0-0, but a bril­liant move, start­ing in Wests’ mid­field, broke the dead­lock in the sec­ond spell. Josh Roger­son rounded a de­fender be­fore squar­ing to Dal­ton Wilkins to tap in and Wests took a de­served lead.

The sec­ond goal was an in­di­vid­ual ef­fort – Xavier Green beat­ing four Mi­ra­mar play­ers be­fore fin­ish­ing. Mi­ra­mar pulled a goal back in the late stages.

Wests play the Christchurch cham­pi­ons next month, with the win­ner to take on the best Auck­land side.

Wests coach Pete Gille­spie says although this team is one of the most tal­ented to come through the club’s ju­nior ranks, it is im­por­tant they keep their feet on the ground.

‘‘The lads have been bril­liant, ab­so­lutely bril­liant. They are ca­pa­ble of amaz­ing things when they play to­gether as well as they have, but they’re only as good as their last game. I be­lieve they have what it takes.’’

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