Hearts attack pummels Timaru Boys’ in Cup final
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.
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.