Co­bras Re­serves de­fence too hard to crack


Satur­day started with a muchan­tic­i­pated re­match be­tween the NZI-Co­bras Re­serves and Co­bras D.

The wind swept down from the moun­tain and buf­feted the east-west play­ing field, mak­ing each half very dif­fer­ent for the op­pos­ing teams.

It was the Ds who be­gan the game with wind at their backs and ha­rassed the Re­serves goal through­out the half.

The Re­serves de­fence proved too hard to beat.

Lach­lan McHaffie ex­pertly co- or­di­nated the de­fend­ers; Ryan John­son, Mickae¨l Der­non­court and Phil Hig­son.

The cus­tom­ary Ds through­ball didn’t work with fierce wind, shots were too high or wide and the Ds failed to cap­i­talise the Re­serves mis­takes.

The sec­ond half had con­di­tions re­v­erse on the play­ers.

The Re­verses pounced and al­most scored from the kick off.

McHaffie’s switched to a more of­fen­sive mind­set and he dis­trib­uted the ball skil­fully from the de­fen­sive mid­field po­si­tion.

McHaffie would find him­self in a prime po­si­tion at the edge of the box to score for the Re­serves.

The Ds tried to coun­ter­at­tack with some suc­cess against the stal­wart Re­serves and the blus­tery weather but it was to no avail.

The Re­v­erse won the match 1-nil, with Ash Tay­lor se­cur­ing a clean sheet.

Next, NZI-Co­bras A team played Uni­col Devel­op­ment at home.

The wind had a dif­fer­ent ef­fect upon the North-South pitch but it was never-the-less en­ergy sap­ping.

The As had come off two weeks with­out play­ing and it had an ef­fect on their match readi­ness.

The game was marred by a num­ber of late chal­lenges and heavy tack­les and frus­tra­tions mounted on and off the field.

But, chances were few and far be­tween for the As as they failed to make and take chances.

Uni­col scored and a way­ward pass at the back saw Uni­col score again.

Jor­dan Tukuitoga man­aged to score one back for the As but fi­nal whis­tle blew with the As los­ing 2-1.

The NZI-Te Aroha Women had no game sched­uled over Queen’s Birth­day week­end.

The Te Aroha Foot­ball club farewell Ole Le­black and Anja Anderson.

Both made an im­pact at the club, are mov­ing back to Europe and will be missed.

NZI Co­bras-A play away to Te Awa­mutu at 2.45pm. NZI Co­brasRe­serves will play Waikato Uni­col Black at home, 12.30pm. The Te Aroha Co­bras-D squad will NUSC Se­niles at Dis­cov­ery Park, 12:30pm. The Te Aroha Co­bras Women will play Wan­der­ers at Por­ritt Sta­dium.

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