Tokoroa men fight hard for victory
This week the Tokoroa first XI men’s soccer team travelled to Waihi, with captain Gareth Williams back from injury.
The team were under attack the moment the whistle blew, with Waihi spending the first few minutes near Tokoroa’s goal trying to score.
The defence was solid and quickly shut down the Waihi attacks.
As the game progressed Tokoroa began to take possession and the action was played further up the field, with a few chances to attack the Waihi goal.
Waihi were wise to their tactics and had a five-man backline, making it very tough for Tokoroa’s three strikers to get goals.
The game was physical for most players with a number of hard tackles put in. There were several free kicks given and after 45 solid minutes, the first half ended without a goal scored.
Withe the start of the second half came the first substitute with Michael Fitzpatrick taking his spot as a striker.
After making several runs, Fitzpatrick was finally able to beat the Waihi goal keeper to score the only goal of the game.
The Tokoroa men continued to work together and had another couple of good runs toward goal thanks to the hard work that started in the backline, moved through the midfield and put the ball to the strikers, with Roman Masters and Des Phillips having a couple of attempts at scoring, all of which were shut down.
One of the mid field work horses, Darren Pomare, had a head clash with a Waihi player and reluctantly left the field with a gash to the head.
After some side-line medical attention and a heap of medical tape, he returned to the field and continued to hunt down the ball, make tackles and provide opportunities for the Tokoroa men to score.
In the last 10 minutes Waihi made a number attacks with two free kicks outside the 18 yard box, one corner and a couple of one-on-one battles with the Tokoroa centre backs.
Goal keeper Zac Cosgrove made several great saves, many of which were followed up closely by Waihi players, who were desperate to score.
But the strength of the defence coupled with the teamwork of Tokoroa held out for a 1-nil win against Waihi, with man of the match going to Darren Pomare.
Next week the Tokoroa men travel to Hamilton to play FOSS.