PIFA player nets na­tional league goal

Wairarapa News - - SPORT - ILLYA MCLEL­LAN

The Can­ter­bury United play­ers may not have been too wor­ried when Cal­lan El­liot joined the fray from the bench in their match against Tas­man United the other week.

Plenty of peo­ple from Wairarapa would have known what he is ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing though and in a tri­umph for Paul Ifill and his al­most two year old Foot­ball Academy (PIFA), El­liot scored an 85th minute win­ner for Tas­man.

It was the first goal to be scored in the na­tional league by an academy player.

Ifill re­called re­ceiv­ing a pass from Cory Chet­tle­burgh, who also works at the Rathkeale Col­lege based academy, beat­ing a cou­ple of play­ers and cross­ing for El­liot who timed his run beau­ti­fully to score.

‘‘That goal was made at the academy re­ally. Cal­lan has been at Rathkeale for three years now and been with the academy from the start and Cory has been coach­ing for awhile now. Cal­lan is orig­i­nally from Nel­son but has been a fa­mil­iar face in Wairarapa for the past three years.

‘‘We have a plan for him to go to Europe and trial and he will prob­a­bly send videos off to US col­leges or take part in the trail matches they run here in New Zealand.

‘‘We’ve a load of play­ers in the na­tional youth league now and some are break­ing into the se­nior squads. Tom Wag­ner, Alex Brit­ton, Liam Kerr and Pranay Singh are cur­rent or ex-academy and are part of na­tional league set-ups, so it looks good for what we are try­ing to do,’’ Ifill said.

El­liot is now part of the se­nior squad at Tas­man and though he didn’t get off the bench in the draw they had with South­ern United in the week­end gone, he has im­pressed coach Da­vor Tavich enough to be el­e­vated from the Tas­man United na­tional youth team.

Tavich said El­liot was a tidy foot­baller, strong enough to play se­nior foot­ball and scored a nice goal.

El­liot was very happy to score and happy with his con­tri­bu­tion off the bench. He trained hard and worked hard and it paid off against a qual­ity team like Can- ter­bury, he said.

Tas­man United play Team Welling­ton in Mi­ra­mar this Sun­day with many of the Welling­ton play­ers likely to be more aware of what El­liot is ca­pa­ble of.

HAMISH WAREHAM

Cal­lan El­liot in ac­tion for Wairarapa United ear­lier this year.

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