Top of the table clash to Waihi

Waihi Leader - - News - By RUDY SAS

So it all came down to the fi­nal day, top of the table clash at home.

Waihi v Te Awa­mutu equal on points and the fi­nal game of the sea­son, a must win for both teams.

With the pre­vi­ous week a bye week there was plenty of time to rest the tired bod­ies and get the nig­gling in­juries mended as a re­sult of a long and hard sea­son. What it also did though, was al­low for ex­cite­ment to build be­fore the big game. On game day the weather put on a great day for us as we wel­comed Te Awa­mutu to our patch.

The side­lines packed with sup­port­ers and more than usual so it was great to see so much lo­cal sup­port for this event. Matty Mat­tich had the pitches look­ing top notch as al­ways so the stage was set.

Kick off came and the pre match nerves soon set­tled as the team got stuck in to the job ahead. The team showed early on that it was the more dom­i­nant team on the pitch as they pressed high and tested their keeper three or four times in the first 20 min­utes while camped in their half.

The pres­sure paid off as they con­ceded a penalty af­ter a foul in the box.

Kon­nah Sas stepped up and took the spot kick and it was hit with some venom, how­ever the keeper man­aged to fin­ger tip it on to the bar and the score re­mained 0-0. Ten min­utes be­fore the half time break, sub­sti­tute Ethan Baker crossed a per­fect ball from out wide to Sam Malone on the edge of the box, who chested it pin point back out out to Kon­nah Sas who scored the goal of the sea­son af­ter he caught it on the half vol­ley and rock­eted the ball into the top corner of the goal, leav­ing the keeper no chance. Half­time score was 1-0.

The sec­ond half con­tin­ued like the first, demon­strat­ing that they can play the game the way its meant to played.

Mov­ing the ball around with ac­cu­racy and speed with lots of move­ment as they had prac­tised and very nice to watch. Af­ter cre­at­ing sev­eral more good chances with Jamie Grey, Jack Matich and Sam Malone all be­ing de­nied by a very re­silient T A keeper, the break through came when Ben Hen­nessy picked the ball up in the mid­field af­ter some nice build-up play from the back and man­aged to side­step sev­eral play­ers and thump the ball home for Waihi’s sec­ond. A beau­ti­ful goal Ben.

That was to be the fi­nal score. Te Awa­mutu did cre­ate some good op­por­tu­ni­ties in the sec­ond half how­ever were un­able to con­vert as Joseph Bur­rell and the de­fen­sive line were just too strong as they have been all sea­son. The team played to the game plan and it payed off.

Spe­cial men­tion to Ja­son Ur­lich who time and time again gives up his time to ref games. Also Matty Mat­tich for giv­ing the best pitches in the Waikato, as they have been named by sev­eral trav­el­ling teams and man­agers.

Also, a big thank you to all you sup­port­ive par­ents, for pro­vid­ing trans­port and of­ten your kind words it makes it so much eas­ier to be a coach.

Last, to Hamish Brown and the boys — hard work pays off !


Back row stand­ing Rudy Sas ( Coach ) Jay­den Pur­cell , Ben Hen­nessy , Kon­nah Sas, Dy­lan Gibson, Ree­gan Green , Sam Malone . Ethan Baker , Rua Dalle­ston Jo Bur­rell Steve Green (man­ager) . Front Rahira Parker, Jack Matich , Bailey Church , Ma­son Mouat. Hamish Brown , Jamie Grey , Conor Tuohy-Gibb , Yusuf Kaya.

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