Co­bras claim win against Claude­lands

Piako Post - - SPORT - DAVID BRAD­BURY

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.

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