Men’s Fed 2 in score­less game

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Men’s Fed­er­a­tion 2

The Men’s Fed 2 team were look­ing for­ward to the mid-ta­ble clash with Te Awa­mutu at Strath­more Park on Satur­day and the op­por­tu­nity to climb one more place on the league lad­der.

Ninety min­utes of football was un­able to sep­a­rate the two sides and the score fin­ished 0-0, an iden­ti­cal re­sult to their first-round match.

The re­sults epit­o­mised the strengths and style of play for both sides that rely heav­ily on their de­fen­sive qual­i­ties. Toko­roa Youth A full strength Toko­roa Youth team played host to sec­ond-placed Cam­bridge and pro­vided the lo­cal sup­port with a free-flow­ing end-to-end en­counter.

Toko­roa opened with some of their best football of the year but it was Cam­bridge who opened the scor­ing on 20 min­utes against the run of play.

Iron­i­cally the Cam­bridge goal gal­vanised the Youth and Con­nor Wood beat his man, drove into the box and found the far post to lock up the score and it was game on.

A foul on Cody Chesterman in the box led to a penalty and Dar­ren Man­they con­verted to give Toko­roa a 2-1 lead at the break.

Jesse Tay­lor came off the bench with in­stant suc­cess. His speed and strength en­abled him to beat the de­fence and fin­ish well to give the lads some breath­ing space at 3-1.

Cam­bridge man­aged to score a late con­so­la­tion goal but the young team held on to take the 3 points. Toko­roa Re­serves The highs and lows of football were re­in­forced when the Re­serve side foundered away to bot­tom­placed Otoro­hanga 4-0.

The game was in the bal­ance by the odd goal un­til late in the sec­ond spell but was de­cided as Otoro­hanga fin­ished with a flour­ish.

Play­ing out of po­si­tion, left back Riaz Akhtar bat­tled strongly and was re­warded for his de­ter­mi­na­tion with man of the match hon­ours.

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