Waihi men’s football continues winning run
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.