Col­lege keep hold of Price Char­ity Cup

Nelson Mail - - SPORT - PHILLIP ROLLO

No one wants to play Nel­son Col­lege at the busi­ness end of the sea­son, just ask Rich­mond Ath­letic.

Rich­mond faced Col­lege in the days lead­ing up to the New Zealand sec­ondary schools foot­ball cham­pi­onships and ended up los­ing 3-0. The re­sult saw them cough up the di­vi­sion one lead head­ing into the fi­nal round and ul­ti­mately cost them the ti­tle.

The two sides met again at Ju­bilee Park on Satur­day with the Price Char­ity Cup at stake, and Col­lege, brim­ming with con­fi­dence after fin­ish­ing third at na­tion­als, were once again a class above.

Col­lege beat Rich­mond 3-1 with pro­lific striker Alex Con­norMcClean scor­ing a sec­ond half brace to take his sea­son tally into the high 40s.

Thang Vanuk opened the scor­ing after 23 min­utes, lac­ing a stun­ning free­kick through the grasp of goal­keeper Mark Papps after Con­nor-McClean was fouled by David Bain­bridge on the edge of the 18 yard box.

Con­nor-McClean ex­tended the lead in a three minute sec­ond half blitz, wrong foot­ing Dar­ryn Cun­ning­ham and slot­ting the ball past Papps, be­fore fin­ish­ing off a bril­liant move from Josh Cress­well, who stormed run down the right and whipped in a dan­ger­ous ball across the face of goal.

Rich­mond’s Gavin Peat­tie rose above the Col­lege de­fence to nod in a late goal from a cor­ner, but it was the only time that goal­keeper Joe Robert­son was even tested let alone trou­bled.

Cap­tain David Maisey, who was one of many year 13 stu­dents that played their fi­nal game in Col­lege colours, said it was great to end a suc­cess­ful year on a high.

"The boys have all put in a huge ef­fort and a lot of heart this year so it’s an awe­some way to sign off the sea­son and to leave Nel­son Col­lege," he said.

"We played some good foot­ball up at na­tion­als and we thought if we could con­tinue that we would be too strong and we would be able to do it."

It was an­other dis­ap­point­ing re­sult for Rich­mond, who have now fin­ished run­ner-up in two com­pe­ti­tions this year,.

PHOTO: PHILLIP ROLLO/STUFF

Thang Vanuk scored the open­ing goal in Nel­son Col­lege’s 3-1 win over Rich­mond Ath­letic on Satur­day.

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