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