Waihi men’s foot­ball con­tin­ues win­ning run

Waihi Leader - - News - By JAMES HEFFIELD

Waihi AFC se­cured a 3-1 win over Hamil­ton Wan­der­ers Clas­sics in their Waikato Men’s B divi­sion clash at Waihi Col­lege last Satur­day.

Waihi had the bet­ter of the first half, launch­ing reg­u­lar raids down both flanks through wide mid­field­ers Vin­cent Fran­sham and Raiden Mau­rirere. The at­tack­ing play cre­ated a num­ber of chances but Waihi’s strik­ers were un­able to ap­ply the crit­i­cal fin­ish. It took a won­der strike from Jar­rod Irv­ing late in the half to put Waihi ahead. Irv­ing’s shot, hit from near the half­way line, rock­eted over Wan­der­ers’ keeper and into the back of the net.

The sec­ond half was much more closely con­tested. Wan­der­ers dropped a striker back into mid­field and put Waihi un­der pres­sure for large pe­ri­ods of play.

This pres­sure was briefly re­lieved by Waihi striker Richard James, who made the score 2-0 af­ter slot­ting home a de­flected ball that fell to him in the 18-yard box. How­ever, Wan­der­ers re­sponded shortly af­ter, re­duc­ing the deficit to 2-1 when one of their strik­ers latched onto a well-weighted through-ball be­fore drib­bling the ball around Waihi keeper Alan Bur­foot and pass­ing it into the goal.

It looked at that point like mo­men­tum had swung in favour of Wan­der­ers, but a late goal from Waihi striker Aaron Parks against the run of play sealed the vic­tory.

The win was a pleas­ing re­sult for Waihi, and one that sees the team move into fourth spot on the Waikato Men’s B divi­sion ta­ble. Waihi’s man of the match was Caleb “TC” Kirkham for an out­stand­ing game in the heart of de­fence.

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