Team for­feits chances

South Waikato News - - SPORT - By DEAN TEREU

Toko­roa’s Fed­er­a­tion Two league campaign came to an end on Satur­day with an­other brave, but ul­ti­mately fruit­less, per­for­mance against pro­mo­tion-chas­ing Pa­pamoa.

With a month-long gap between games due to some ridicu­lous match sched­ul­ing, Toko­roa be­gan ner­vously and were chas­ing the ball for the first 20 min­utes. Pa­pamoa de­servedly took the lead as the home team strug­gled to keep the ball when placed un­der pres­sure.

With an at­tack­ing quar­tet of Des­mond Phillips, Michael Fitzpatrick, Con­nor Wood an David Wright, Toko­roa cer­tainly had op­tions go­ing for­ward, but they needed to of­fer more op­tions on the ball and work harder off it. Phillips showed what he was ca­pa­ble of when he caught the keeper nap­ping with a 35-me­tre free kick that found the top cor­ner.

The sec­ond half had Pa­pamoa dom­i­nate the scor­ing chances and only res­o­lute de­fence from Gareth Wil­liams and Cody Ch­ester­man kept the score level. The match was de­cided by a con­tro­ver­sial penalty, which was buried to leave the home team de­flated. Fi­nal score 2-1.

The Toko­roa ladies team re­bounded from a dev­as­tat­ing 1-0 loss the pre­vi­ous week with a thump­ing 9-0 de­mo­li­tion of vis­it­ing West Ham. Jane Honey got an­other hat trick, Jenny Chang and Leonie Nguroho scored dou­bles and new­comer Ahere Hapi com­pleted the scor­ing with a Lionel Messi-like won­der goal. Vic­to­ria Bow­ers-Ma­son and Rachel Durie were mag­nif­i­cent and con­sis­tent in de­fence.

The girls have a cup quar­ter­fi­nal this week­end away to Claude­lands Rovers.

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