Football results a mixed bag but women triumph
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