Wests con­tinue their rise in Cen­tral League


West­ern Sub­urbs coped with Wairarapa United’s phys­i­cal­ity to run out 2-0 win­ners in the lat­est round of Cen­tral League foot­ball play on Satur­day.

Un­der lights in Master­ton on Satur­day evening, Wests went into the sheds at half­time with the score 0-0.

The larger United side were phys­i­cal, but the vis­i­tors stuck to their struc­tured and dis­ci­plined style well.

Goals in the se­cond half to Harry Edge and Cal­lum McCowatt gave Wests the vic­tory.

The re­sult puts them fourth in the ta­ble af­ter five rounds, only four points off high-fly­ing Stop Out, their op­po­nents this Satur­day at En­deav­our Park.

Wests coach De­clan Edge said his side weren’t at their best, but fully de­served the three points.

He was im­pressed with his team’s men­tal strength.

‘‘It was a tough game – Wairarapa set out to stop us play­ing how we wanted to and there were a lot of yel­low cards dished out to them,’’ he said.

‘‘The goals were go­ing to come be­cause we were the bet­ter team, but we had to be com­mit­ted against a much big­ger side.’’

It is two wins in a row for Wests, fol­low­ing the 6-1 drub­bing of Welling­ton United who, as Edge noted, are made up of Welling­ton Phoenix academy play­ers.

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