Wairarapa Unit­ed­bounce back

Wairarapa News - - FRONT PAGE - ILLYA MCLELLAN

Wairarapa United have bounced back from con­ced­ing 11 goals in two games with a 4-1 win over Mi­ra­mar Rangers.

Paul Ifill, Seule Soromon and his nephew Azariah Soromon pro­vided the goals and as­sists to get Wairarapa back into win­ning ways.

Re­cent weeks saw last sea­son’s run­ners-up United thrashed 6-2 by pro­moted Have­lock North in one of the shock re­sults of the sea­son, fol­lowed by a 5-2 home loss to Lower Hutt City.

Cen­tral Premier record ti­tle win­ners Mi­ra­mar have had a poor 2018 with a de­pleted squad

The 2014 cham­pi­ons cur­rently sit eighth in the ten team com­pe­ti­tion two places be­low United, though both squads have been de­pleted by the Ocea­nia Cham­pi­ons League. Mi­ra­mar are by far the worse off with eight play­ers away, whereas Wairarapa have three still to re­turn.

On Satur­day both sides set out to at­tack quickly us­ing pace to ex­ploit and cre­ate space, with youth­ful run­ners fed by more ex­pe­ri­enced play­mak­ers.

An end-to-end first half was played at high speed but rid­dled with mis­takes and turnovers.

Two veter­ans pro­vided the dif­fer­ence when Paul Ifill crossed for Seule Soromon who out-jumped his marker to send a header into the top cor­ner right on half­time.

Ifill said half­time was de­ci­sive as United tweaked their for­ma­tion to put pres­sure on Mi­ra­mar’s left side. It cre­ated a num­ber of chances and they went two up ap­proach­ing the 70th minute.

‘‘I took a throw into the box which skid­ded on the turf and man­aged to elude ev­ery­one. Seule’s nephew Azariah was able to side foot it home from about the penalty spot with his first touch off the bench.’’

Ifill said Mi­ra­mar then fought back well and scored through vet­eran Do­minic Rowe.

‘‘They put us un­der a lot of pres­sure, and if they had got an­other one then it could have been quite a dif­fer­ent match. We killed it off when I man­aged to turn my de­fender and chip Azariah in for his sec­ond.

‘‘I ac­tu­ally sig­nalled the bench to take me off be­fore Suele played me in and I was able to flick the ball over the head of the de­fender and then vol­ley it in to make it 4-1.

‘‘It was good to bounce back from some bad per­for­mances and get a re­sult here. Seven­teenyear-old keeper Scott Mor­ris played re­ally well in goal and Noah Boyce, only 15, at de­fen­sive mid did well too.’’

He said both sides would im­prove sig­nif­i­cantly once they get their full squads back.

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