Good first-up win for Wests

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

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.

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