Cobras claim win against Claudelands
NZI Cobras-As played Claudelands in a classic game of two halves.
The first half belonged to Cobras-A as they maintained an offensive.
Josh Pemberton put a cross in from the right and Mateo Antoraz placed that ball into the bottom right hand corner to open the scoring from Cobras-A.
Jordan Tukuitoga then scored the second goal by winning the ball half way into opposition territory, beating two defenders and finding the goalkeeper out of position.
The tables turned in the second half with Cobras-A on the defence.
Although conceding one goal toward the end of the match, Cobras-A won the match 2-1.
NZI Cobras-Reserves played Cambridge and it only took five minutes for Cambridge to open the scoring.
The Reserves equalised after a characteristic long throw-in from Kevin Sutcliffe was nodded in from prolific goal scorer, Conrad Simonsen.
Gerry Lawley then managed to take the lead for the Reserves when he expertly placed a free kick into the back of the net.
Sutcliffe, with a mirror-image of the first goal, again found Simonsen’s head.
The Reserves led 3-1 at half time. After the half, it was Brandon Lawley’s turn, putting the score at an almost unassailable 4-1.
Then the game turned. Three goals from Cambridge, somehow put the scores equal.
It was Simonsen to the rescue again, scoring yet another header, this time from a free kick.
Simonsen then set Carlos Legaz up for A follow up goal, giving the Reserves a 6-4 victory.
Incredibly it was back-to-back hattricks for Simonsen, with each goal coming from the head
Cobras-D played NUSC Gaffers which ended in a disappointing result for the Cobras-D squad.
The Gaffers managed to pick the defence apart and find themselves in the lead, 2-nil, at half time.
James Lee brought some hope back for Cobras-D, scoring from deep.
Another goal from Gaffers toward the end of the game brought the game to a finish with Cobras-D losing 1-3.
The Te Aroha-Women had a bye. ❚ Saturday, NZI Cobras-A play away to CambridgeA at John Kerkhof Park. ❚ NZI Cobras-Reserves and the Cobras-D teams will meet again for the third time this season at home. ❚ On Sunday, the Cobras-Women will play UnicolB at Boyd Park.
Loaded WaiBOP Premiership table.
The Flying Mullet Papamoa edged past previous leaders West Hamilton United on Saturday.
It meant the Mullets reclaim the top spot they held for several weeks at the start of the season, while Taupo also laid bare their title aspirations with another impressive home win.
Former All White Cole Peverley’s 25th minute penalty proved the difference in a tight encounter at Papamoa’s Gordon Spratt Reserve.
While the hosts did enough to record a 1-0 victory, coach Duncan Lowry wasn’t overly impressed with his team’s performance, labelling it their worst of the season.
Equally, though, Lowry was more than happy to take another important three points ahead of this weekend’s glamour ISPS Handa Chatham Cup 3rd round tie at Birkenhead United.
Title winning sides aren’t dominant every week but they do have a happy knack of grinding out results when they need to.
With Papamoa’s defensive shape and experience, coupled with their constant goal threat, they are better set up than most to mount a sustained run this season.
Conrad Simonsen, in a previous game aganst Cambridge, proved to be a key player once again.