Young guns on hot streak in league


Western Sub­urbs Foot­ball Club scored a heavy blow against former Phoenix player Paul Ifill and his Wairarapa United side in their Cen­tral League clash, win­ning 5-1.

The home side drew first blood in the twelfth round match at En­deav­our Park in Whitby on June 17, thanks to Eli­jah Just’s chipped shot over the goal­keeper fol­low­ing some tidy foot­work in the penalty area.

Ifill then led his team’s come­back, drop­ping his shoul­der to drag the ball back and slot a goal, end­ing the first half at 1-1.

Straight out of coach De­clan Edge’s half­time talk, Just was brought down in an il­le­gal tackle and Owen Parker Price con­verted from the penalty spot for Western Sub­urbs.

The younger side’s pa­tience and dom­i­nance of pos­ses­sion proved too much for the more sea­soned cam­paign­ers, and they ran away with the game 5-1 thanks a to Cal­lum McCowatt hat­trick.

It was Western’s fifth win on the trot, hav­ing beaten Napier City Rovers 3-0, edg­ing out Welling­ton Olympic 2-1, pip­ping Mi­ra­mar Rangers 3-2 and nar­rowly tak­ing the win against Stop Out 1-0 in pre­vi­ous rounds.

They lead the ta­ble by four points on 29, fol­lowed by Wairarapa United on 25. Lower Hutt’s Stop Out Sports Club sit third with 23 with Welling­ton United in fourth on 20 points.

They also look to keep their Chatham Cup hopes alive af­ter putting the boot into Pe­tone 7-0 in round three of the Cen­tral/Cap­i­tal Re­gion on Satur­day.

Play­ing at Pe­tone Memo­rial Park, Wests went up 3-0 in the first half, thanks to goals from Xavier Green, McCowatt and a penalty from Parker Price.

The home team had no an­swer to a fur­ther four Wests goals scored by Ihaia Delaney, Noah Billings­ley, and two from Do­minic Wooldridge.


Western Sub­urbs’ Cal­lum McCowatt scored a hat-trick in his side’s 5-1 win over Wairarapa United.

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