Waihi makes third round of Cup
Waihi advanced to the third round of the Waikato Cup with a convincing 3-0 win over Te Aroha Cobras at Boyd Park last Saturday afternoon.
Waihi had the majority of possession throughout the first half but found it difficult to play a decisive ball through Te Aroha’s defence in the muddy conditions. It took a moment of brilliance from captain James Heffield late in the half to give Waihi the lead. Heffield received a well-weighted pass from central midfield partner Ryusei Nishada before turning and hitting an impressive 25-yard shot that sailed over Te Aroha’s keeper and into the goal.
During the half time break Waihi spoke about the need to step up intensity. This paid dividends in the second half as Waihi began to win the 50-50 balls and took control of the match. Aaron Parks scored Waihi’s second goal when he pounced on a deflected shot to knock the ball home from close range on the 60-minute mark. Richard James added Waihi’s third goal shortly after with a well-timed run that saw him latch onto an incisive throughball from Nishida before rounding the keeper and firing the ball into the back of the net. Te Aroha rarely threatened Waihi’s goal throughout the half, thanks to a solid performance from defenders Neil Hope, Ben Grant, Alan Burfoot, and man of the match David Grant.
The win keeps Waihi’s Waikato Cup hopes alive as it looks to go one better than its outstanding winning Waikato Plate run last year.
Next week, Waihi host Hamilton Wanderers Classics, hopefully back on their home pitch at Morgan Park.
The Council have rolled, fertilised and run a couple of aerating machines over the pitch, added a covering of soil and seed where needed, and believe the pitch will be playable for the first time this season. Kick off is scheduled for 2.45pm. The College teams had mixed results in their last round of qualifying matches. The 1st XI boys had a good 4-1 win over the HBHS Year11 A team, with goals from Jasper Olson, Aodhan Balemi(2), and Swiss exchange student Nils. The Colts had a good 3-0 win over St Peter’s Cambridge. They bounced back from a big loss last weekend, strengthened by players who were either injured, sick or away last week. Unfortunately, Bailey Church suffered a broken collar bone while having an outstanding game. Goals were scored by Mason Mouat (2) and Konnah Sas. The Girls 1st XI lost 3-1 to HGHS’s 2nd XI- a promising result given the size and number of teams Girls High field each week.
During the week, the College teams will be placed in an appropriate grade, and their competitions proper will start next Saturday.