Football re­sults a mixed bag but women tri­umph

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Toko­roa AFC Men Fed­er­a­tion 2 Toko­roa were brought back to earth with a thud when they were held to a dis­ap­point­ing 0-0 draw with bot­tom club Mata­mata at Strath­more Park.

Af­ter the eu­pho­ria of the pre­vi­ous week­end’s win against top-ranked op­po­si­tion, Toko­roa were flat throughout and strug­gled to man­u­fac­ture any mean­ing­ful chances.

The ball move­ment was pon­der­ous and the pass­ing lacked co­he­sion and di­rec­tion. Far too many home play­ers’ touch was off and too of­ten the ball was turned over cheaply.

Coach Dave Wright was left frus­trated and be­mused at such a poor per­for­mance given the team’s re­cent form.

Dean Tereu was player of the day with an­other com­mand­ing aerial dis­play, while Gareth Wil­liams com­peted well in mid­field. John Reid put in an­other con­sis­tent de­fen­sive dis­play as part of the back four that proved to be the one pos­i­tive as Mata­mata too were kept score­less.

With a pend­ing bye round Toko­roa need to take a good look at them­selves and their football be­fore their last two re­main­ing games. Toko­roa Youth The Youth trav­elled away to face top of the ta­ble Cam­bridge 2 and opened the scor­ing when Jesse Tay­lor pow­ered past the last de­fender to slot home, a lead that was held through to the half­time break.

Cam­bridge main­tained their phys­i­cal and ver­bal ap­proach, a style that suc­cess­fully rat­tled the young Toko­roa side.

Two quick Cam­bridge goals and an un­for­tu­nate own goal saw Toko­roa on the back foot with only 25 min­utes to play.

Up­ping the tempo and play­ing some at­trac­tive football, the Youth were un­able to cap­i­talise on a num­ber of their own chances and the game fin­ished a 3-1 loss.

Con­ner Wood was back to his best af­ter in­jury, Kee­gan Wil­lis, O’neil Sin­clair, Billy Man­they had good games and Jack­son Allen showed his class in his man of the match ef­fort. Toko­roa Womens Late Satur­day night team dis­cus­sions paved the way for the ladies to continue their dom­i­nance when they played Mangakino at Strath­more on Sun­day.

Mango started straight from the whis­tle and pres­sured the Toko­roa side in the early stages of the match but were un­able to staunch the home side’s play­mak­ers as time pro­gressed.

Though the older mem­bers played their part, Toko­roa re­lied on their ‘‘youth’’ to take cen­tre stage and wrest con­trol from their lo­cal ri­vals.

Grace Cof­fin had a strong game in de­fence, Tarore Wil­son showed ag­gres­sion up front but player of the day hon­ours were won by Leonie Nu­groho for her de­ter­mined play that car­ried the side to a 7-0 vic­tory.

Coach Kura Fal­leni spoke proudly of the influence shown by the younger bri­gade and en­cour­aged the en­tire squad to main­tain their in­ten­sity in their three re­main­ing matches. Up­com­ing Fix­tures Satur­day, July 14 Men’s Fed­er­a­tion 2 – Bye Round

Toko­roa Otoro­hanga, Park, 2.45 pm

Toko­roa Re­serves v Cam­bridge2, away, 2pm Sun­day, July 15 Toko­roa Womens v West Hamil­ton, away, 11am. Youth v

Strath­more

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