Good first-up win for Wests
Tinashe Marowa will score a hatful of goals this season.
The teenager produced two moments of brilliance to settle the nerves of his Western Suburbs team-mates, and the Endeavour Park faithful, and consign visitors Lower Hutt to a 2-0 loss in the opening round of Central League football action on Friday.
The first half was an edgy affair for Wests, with Lower Hutt, now coached by former Wests boss Lloyd O’Keefe, creating good chances.
‘‘It was a real arm wrestle,’’ Wests chairman Pete Gillespie said. ‘‘ There was no way, going off at halftime, our boys would have been happy.’’
Scoreless at the break, Wests were more composed in the opening exchanges of the second spell, keeping possession and pressing Lower Hutt.
After 58 minutes, Marowa struck.
Picking up the ball inside his own half, he went on a solo run that ended when he broke between Lower Hutt’s centre backs and slotted home the ball.
‘‘He left everyone for dead, a superb solo effort,’’ Gillespie said. ‘‘This lad is going to score a lot of goals this year – he’s been with the club a few years and he’s really matured into a top player.’’
Wests kept their composure afterwards.
Another piece of Marowa magic at 72 minutes, when he wriggled away from the Lower Hutt defence inside the 18 yard box to score, put the game to bed.
The cool heads of Ben Sippola, captain Jamie O’Connor and Callum McCowatt, the latter just 16, ensured the final stages were comfortable for Wests.
‘‘The young guys, with a few older heads around them, eventually settled down and played well. We can be pleased with that result, considering the first half. They were focused and did a good job.’’
Tawa, meanwhile, were beaten 4-0 by Petone at Ascot Park.
Kapi-Mana News went to press before Monday’s big derby between Tawa and Wests at Endeavour Park.
Jamie O’Connor’s leadership was crucial in Western Suburbs’ first-up victory.