Re­serves win 3-1

South Waikato News - - SPORT -

The only men’s team to play on the week­end, the Toko­roa Re­serves pro­duced their finest football of the sea­son to fash­ion a 3-1 vic­tory over league lead­ers Cam­bridge2 on Satur­day.

Within min­utes, Michael Fitz­patrick opened the scor­ing when his side­line cross sailed over a hap­less keeper and inside the far post.

Toko­roa con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate the early play and were even­tu­ally re­warded as a Des Phillips cross was met with a deft Piripi Mahu header and they led 2-0 at the break.

Ten min­utes into the sec­ond half, Phillips latched on to a through ball and calmly fin­ished past the out­stretched hand of the keeper.

Cam­bridge did their best to un­set­tle the vis­i­tors but their phys­i­cal and ver­bal tac­tics were matched by a fiercely de­ter­mined Toko­roa eleven.

Cam­bridge were gifted a late penalty goal but it proved too lit­tle too late as Toko­roa held out 3-1, wor­thy win­ners.

Man­ager Keith Lan­caster praised each and ev­ery player for a stand­out per­for­mance and awarded Bren­don Gra­ham man of the match hon­ours for his piv­otal role in mid­field. Toko­roa Women The march con­tin­ued as the Toko­roa Women recorded an 8-0 win over West Hamil­ton on Sun­day.

Coach Kura Fal­leni put the win down to good team work and com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

La Toya and Mel shared the points as play­ers of the day with spe­cial men­tion also made of Heidi and Grace for their con­sis­tent ef­forts. Up­com­ing Fix­tures Satur­day, July 21 Toko­roa Youth v Cam­bridge D1, Strath­more Park, 12.30pm

Mens Fed­er­a­tion 2 v Te Awa­mutu, Strath­more Park, 2.45pm

Toko­roa Re­serves v Otoro­hanga, away, 2.4 pm. Toko­roa Women have a bye round.

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