Win for Re­serves

South Waikato News - - SPORT -

Toko­roa football fin­ished on a high when the Re­serves scored a 3-1 win over reg­u­lar sea­son cham­pi­ons Cam­bridge 2 at Strath­more on Satur­day and with it claimed the man­tle of ‘‘Chal­lenge Round Cham­pi­ons’’.

Early play was dom­i­nated by the home side and they were un­lucky not to find them­selves ahead af­ter a suc­ces­sion of half chances in front of goal.

Cam­bridge played their way into the match and be­gan to con­trol the mid­dle of the park.

They were justly re­warded with a well-taken goal, a lead they held un­til the half­time break.

A mis­take by the Cam­bridge keeper early in the sec­ond half proved costly. He was un­able to gather a through ball and Toko­roa’s Richard Chitty pounced and coolly slot­ted home for the equaliser.

Cam­bridge’s woes were com­pounded when min­utes later Michael ‘‘Dig­ger’’ Fitz­patrick gave Toko­roa the lead with a well-di­rected shot that crept past a sprawl­ing keeper and the game’s mo­men­tum had turned.

Cam­bridge and Toko­roa en­coun­ters are never short of fire and de­ter­mi­na­tion and lo­cal ref­eree Colin McLean bat­tled to con­trol the nat­u­ral ag­gres­sion and of­ten spir­ited tack­ling of both sides.

Des Phillips’ speed and tenac­ity caught a Cam­bridge de­fender nap­ping be­fore col­lect­ing the ball and slip­ping it past the keeper to ef­fec­tively seal the game.

Toko­roa coach Keith Lan­caster was un­able to pick a man of the match.

He took great plea­sure in what he de­scribed as ‘‘the best per­for­mance of the year’’.

If at all pos­si­ble, the Toko­roa Cam­bridge ri­valry has in­ten­si­fied and the great­est of sat­is­fac­tion can be taken from a well- de­served win.

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