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.