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.