Wan­der­ers start sea­son strongly

Hamilton News - - SPORT - Tom Row­land

Hamil­ton Wan­der­ers have put the ISPS Handa Pre­mier­ship sea­son of 2017 be­hind them, start­ing the new sea­son with two wins from two.

They fol­lowed up their 3-1 win over Waitakere United in the open­ing week­end of the sea­son, with a 2-1 win over Tas­man United last week­end to put them at the top of the ta­ble, level on points with Eastern Sub­urbs.

In the 26th minute Tas­man found their first open­ing through Kier­nan Hughes-ma­son as he broke free from the Hamil­ton de­fence, how­ever his miss was just shy of the left hand cor­ner of the goal.

It turned sour for Tas­man just be­fore half time as Sam Ay­ers knocked the ball into the back of his own net to give Hamil­ton Wan­der­ers the lead just be­fore the break.

Af­ter the break Wan­der­ers goal­keeper Matt Oliver was quick on his toes to make a stun­ning save to deny Kier­nan Hugh­es­ma­son a goal from close range.

Hughes-ma­son then had an­other glo­ri­ous chance to tie the game for Tas­man but his shot de­flected off the cross­bar and out of harm’s way. The missed chances would prove costly for Tas­man, as Hamil­ton dou­bled their lead through Joseph Terry putting the away side 2-0 up.

Tas­man would pull back a goal through Ahmed Os­man be­fore the end of the game, but the dam­age was al­ready done with Wan­der­ers pick­ing up their sec­ond vic­tory of the sea­son.

In the Na­tional Women's League, WAIBOP United picked up a vic­tory against Cap­i­tal Foot­ball over Labour week­end to give them their first three points of the sea­son, but last week­end fell to an­other de­feat against the North­ern Lights.

The NWL is half way through its sea­son now with WAIBOP still sit­ting at the bot­tom of the ta­ble. Hamil­ton Wan­der­ers re­turn home this week­end to face South­ern United in round four of the ISPS Handa Pre­mier­ship.

Photo / Grant Stan­tiall

Hamil­ton Wan­der­ers’ Tommy Semmy scored a stun­ning goal against Waitakere United to open Hamil­ton’s sea­son with a win.

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