Hearts at­tack pum­mels Ti­maru Boys’ in Cup fi­nal

The Timaru Herald - - SPORT - BRAY­DEN LIND­SAY

North­ern Hearts’ dom­i­nance of the South Can­ter­bury Cup foot­ball com­pe­ti­tion has con­tin­ued with a 6-2 win over Ti­maru Boys’ High.

Hearts were su­perb in the open­ing stanza, rat­tling five past Ti­maru Boys, while the school­boys man­aged a late firsthalf ef­fort to get them­selves on the board. It was Hearts’ 29th Cup ti­tle and one of their more em­phatic per­for­mances.

Player-coach Todd Burten­shaw, who scored a crack­ing first goal for Hearts, said it was nice to end the sea­son with a tro­phy.

‘‘It’s been a long sea­son but we’re glad we man­aged to fin­ish it on a high. We hope it was a good spec­ta­cle.’’

He said start­ing strongly against Ti­maru Boys’ was key.

‘‘We had a few ner­vous guys and we knew they would be as well so we just tried to take it to them and man­aged to score some good goals early.’’

Burten­shaw was pleased for Ti­maru Boys’ that they man­aged to score a cou­ple of goals.

‘‘They de­served their goals, they were well-taken chances.’’ He said it was a qual­ity show­ing show­ing from his side.

‘‘We knew Boys’ High pos- sessed a cou­ple of threats in their at­tack and we had to be clin­i­cal and we were just that.’’

Burten­shaw was un­cer­tain if ev­ery­one would be back next sea­son or not. ‘‘I’m not go­ing to ask any­one what they’re up to but it would be a nice way to go out on a high.’’

Hearts cap­tain Ricky McLeod made a nice ges­ture to Ti­maru Boys’ and joined the teams to­gether for the full­time hud­dles.

‘‘I thought that was a re­ally nice touch from Rick,’’ Burten­shaw said.

Both Burten­shaw and McLeod were in los­ing Boys’ High teams that had played Hearts in pre­vi­ous fi­nals. Hav­ing a big squad helped Hearts this sea­son as they were able to cover in­juries and player un­avail­abil­ity.

Their open­ing goal was a su­perb ef­fort from Burten­shaw out­side the 18 yard box, be­fore striker Lee McKenna made it 2-0 with a tidy fin­ish.

When Rowan Hew­son scored a third min­utes later it looked as though the flood­gates were go­ing to open for Hearts. Cam An­der­son had a chance to make it 3-1 be­ing one-on-one with goal­keeper Hamish Rodgers but it was well saved.

Ross God­win was on hand to fin­ish off some good leadup play to make it 4-0, be­fore McKenna net­ted his sec­ond. Ti­maru Boys’ ended the half on a high as Peter Rawl­ings found the goal fol­low­ing a scrap for the ball.

Af­ter the break, the school­boys started well and were play­ing some good foot­ball.

They were pass­ing it nicely and man­aged to score a sec­ond through Cam An­der­son, who in his fi­nal game for the school, bagged his 50th goal for the side.

Hew­son sealed the deal with a su­perb ef­fort from the edge of the box, af­ter a break down the right hand side.

McKenna, McLeod, Tom Pres­tige who made a num­ber of good touches, right back Jeremy Bow­man and Hamish Rodgers, who was named Hearts most im­proved player, were out­stand­ing for Hearts, while Ti­maru Boys’ best were An­der­son, Tyler Cun­ning­ham and Rawl­ings.

West End B de­feated North­ern Hearts B 5-2 to win the plate, while This­tle A se­cured a 2-0 win over Geral­dine to grab the Bowl.

PHOTO: JOHN BISSET/STUFF

North­ern Hearts player Ross God­win tries his best to stop Ti­maru Boys’ An­gus Munro in their South Can­ter­bury Cup fi­nal at Sir Basil Arthur Park on Satur­day.

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