Win eludes Cobras A at Anchor Park
The NZI Cobras-A team faced off against Te Awamutu at Anchor Park on Saturday.
Cobras-A dominated Te Awamutu, playing 80 per cent of the ball in opposition territory and making over 30 shots on goal.
It was another week of unfinished chances and a counter attack from Te Awamutu, coupled with sunstrike in the keeper’s eyes, that gave Te Awamutu their first goal.
Later a penalty, awarded to Te Awamutu put the hosts 2-nil up.
Newcomer, Lucas Rodriguez managed to score one goal back for Cobras-A, but the game was lost 2-1.
It was a fast start for the NZI Cobras-Reserves against Unicol Black.
In only the second minute, Conrad Simonsen ran through the opposition from halfway to open the scoring for the Reserves.
A few minutes later, Simonsen did the same again, only to lay the ball off to Ivan Olivera to score.
Later in the first half, Olivera returned the favour and Simonsen scored his second goal of the game.
The Reserves turned the screws in the second half with Simonsen scoring his hat trick in style.
Finally, the old campaigner, Kevin Sutcliffe scored, securing a 5-nil victory with Matt Burchell keeping a clean sheet.
Cobras-D played NUSC Seniles at Discovery Park, Hamilton.
NUSC scored first, as a result of an unfortunate handball in the box.
The resulting penalty gave NUSC the lead.
Cobras-D equalised shortly after Ryan O’Connor lifted the ball over the defence allowing James Lee to score.
As the game wore on, NUSC got the measure of Cobras-D. NUSC went on to score three more goals, including another penalty from another handball. The game was lost 4-1. It was a fantastic 3-nil win for the Cobras-Women over Ngaruawahia, away from home.
Erin Berry was first to score after Cobras’ prolonged pressure.
The second goal came after Anisha Rule’s strike beat the keeper but defender sliced the ball into the net.
The second half began with Te Aroha leading 2-nil and the pressure maintained.
Finally, Ngaruawahia buckled with Rule scoring the third goal from a fantastic driven shot, with tight angle, into the roof of the net.
Lisa Groen kept a clean sheet in goal in an all-round team performance.
Saturday, NZI Cobras-A play away to Claudelands Rovers at Galloway Park, 12.30pm.
NZI Cobras-Reserves will play Cambridge at John Kerkhof Park, 12.30pm.
The Cobras-D team will play NUSC Gaffers at home, 2pm.
The Cobras-Women have a bye.
Lucas Rodriguez looks to pass the ball while Te Awamutu’s Nathan Scott comes in to challenge, at Anchor Park in Te Awamutu on Saturday.