Score­less draw is a win

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PU¯RONGORONGO -

Toko­roa’s first soc­cer team trav­elled to Mata­mata to com­plete the first half of their sea­son.

With a de­pleted lineup due to in­juries and work com­mit­ments, coach Dar­ren Man­theys’ in­struc­tions for the day were to ‘‘dig-deep and cover your team-mates’’.

These tac­tics from a res­o­lute 11 Toko­roa play­ers, with a strong de­fen­sive ef­fort through the mid­dle, and the re­turn of ex-pat Jason Boyce adding some ag­gres­sion, mixed with skill in the mid­field as well.

Coach Man­theys’ worst fears were re­alised with 25 min­utes to play – an in­jury to an out-of-form Des Phillips re­duced Toko­roa to 10 men as they al­ready used their one sub­sti­tute.

The char­ac­ter of this team shone through as they held on for the rest of the match.

Full credit to goal­keeper Zak Cos- grove who thwarted all aerial at­tacks and pulled off an out­stand­ing div­ing save in the dy­ing min­utes to keep Toko­roa in the game with his man- of- the- match per­for­mance in goal.

From there Toko­roa held on for the score­less draw gain­ing a cru­cial away point.

At the half­way point of the sea­son Toko­roa sit mid-ta­ble with 3 wins 3 draws and 4 losses.

Toko­roas so­cial men’s team trav­elled to Cam­bridge and also se­cured a point with a 1-1 draw.

The goal was scored by Gary Roy­croft and their player of the day was awarded to John Reid, this also sees this newly formed team sit­ting midtable in the Waikato D league, a great ef­fort from a bunch of guys who love their football as much as the af­ter-match func­tion.

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