Wairarapa Unitedbounce back
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.