Toko­roa AFC play host to Pukekohe

South Waikato News - - SPORT -

Toko­roa AFC hosted four teams from Pukekohe on Satur­day.

The men’s re­serve team kicked things off with a game against the Pukekohe Old Boys.

The vis­it­ing team showed all their ex­pe­ri­ence, by us­ing their youth play­ers up front, caus­ing all sorts of prob­lems for the Toko­roa back four.

The Toko­roa team man­aged to pull the score­line back, with three goals of their own in the sec­ond half. Final score 7- 3.

Next was the ladies who showed that all their pre­sea­son hard work was pay­ing off, with a con­vinc­ing 3 nil win.

The youth teams game started at a fast and fu­ri­ous pace, see­ing the young Toko­roa team take an early lead, through Lo­gan Allen who found him­self in space on the edge of the box, tak­ing his chance well with a low hard drive into the far post.

Pukekohe man­aged to pull one back. But Toko­roa were awarded a penalty and up­stepped Lo­gan, who con­fi­dently smashed the ball into the back of the net.

Pukekohe found their feet in the sec­ond half and seemed to be en­joy­ing a good share of pos­ses­sion. But with fif­teen min­utes re­main­ing, Con­nor Wood beat his marker and made a de­ter­mined run to the bye­line, then cut­ting the ball back across the face of goal, with an on­rush­ing Lo­gan Allen strik­ing the ball home to com­plete his ha­trick. Final score 3-1. A great start to the year for the young guys, and from that first up ef­fort, are go­ing to cause some prob­lems for their op­po­si­tion this year.

The clubs re­spec­tive first teams were next to take the field.

Pukekohe have had some good re­sults in the last few weeks, so Toko­roa knew this was go­ing to be a tough first up hitout. Pukekohe had the bulk of the pos­ses­sion, but Toko­roa de­fended well.

Pukekohe took a one nil lead into the sec­ond half. Des Phillips lev­elled things up with a well taken long range ef­fort, leav­ing the Pukekohe goalie dumb­founded. Game end­ing in a draw.

A lot of pos­i­tives to be taken from this game but, still alot of work if Toko­roa are to be com­pet­i­tive in the Fed2 league this year.

This is the fifth year the clubs have had this pre­sea­son ex­change, and this is the first time Toko­roa have man­aged to beat Pukekohe on ag­gre­gate. Show­ing things are on the up at Strath­more Park.

In two weeks time Toko­roa AFC will see Ro­torua United visit with four teams.

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