Tokoroa ends season with win
Tokoroa did all that was asked of them when they comprehensively destroyed a Te Awamutu side here at Strathmore Park on Saturday played in fantastic sunny conditions in front of a large crowd.
Unfortunately Melville from Hamilton also won when they dispatched Foss from Hamilton 5-1 and with that win wrapped up the Waikato B championship with Tokoroa a close second.
Tokoroa played some early possession football and having influential skipper Gareth Williams back in central defence looked in total control against a side who in their last three games had caused the opposition lots of trouble, namely Melville who they had only just lost to.
Te Awamutu were chasing shadows for the first 15 minutes and it was no surprise when Tokoroa took the lead when their top striker Michael Fitzpatrick scored after neat buildup play. In the 27th minute Tokoroa went further ahead when Fiztpatrick blasted home from 35 yards a stunning strike which totally deceived the Te Awamutu keeper when the ball swerved in mid air. The Fitzpatrick hattrick was complete when he scored again from an angled shot that again was too powerful bringing the score to 3-0.
With Tokoroa dominating in midfield and all over the park the home crowd were in a confident mood come the interval and in the second half Tokoroa again took control but unlike the first half some of Tokoroa’s finishing was not as sharp and it remained 3-0 until in the 70th minute when the crowd witnessed the best goal of the season. From a clearance the ball fell to Tokoroa midfielder Joe Conroy whose instinctive volley was smashed high into the net from 25 yards for a superb goal to finish the season with. Coach David Wright was delighted with the performance and congratulated all of his players personally for their contribution.
Obviously we have grown as a unit and have played some great football. Yes we would have loved to win the league but when you find out that the team you are in a championship race with have two Premier league defensive players join their ranks after round 10 then I think we can be really happy with where we have finished, we had the best defence in all of the divisions by only conceding 9 goals all year but we were hurt with a couple of draws but overall a fantastic effort.
Wright praised the captain Gareth Williams and centreback partner Thomas Duncan for a superb season and thought Chris Teague had become influential in midfield and strikers Des Philipps and Michael Fitzpatrick had grown as a partnership together, with all players becoming stronger as a group for next year.
Tokoroa Soccer club closes for the year with a North versus South game to be played at Strathmore Park on Saturday 1st October at 2.45pm followed by prize-giving in the evening.