A fine, breezy day greeted the teams as Dunedin Technical hosted Ferrymead Bays on Sunday at Tahuna Park.
The first half proved to be a bit of a stalemate with chances proving to be few and far between. Both teams had periods of control but a cutting edge wasn’t really evident in either penalty area.
The second certainly provided a greater array of opportunities as both teams pushed for the win. Dunedin Technical drew first blood as Stephen Last found the back of the net via a quality Danny Ledwith corner delivery.
However, Ferrymead Bays responded with two goals of their own later in the half. Both Nikolai Molijn and Sho Mathieson pounced on defensive lapses to make sure of the three points.
Another solid performance by the Prem Women resulted in a 5 – O win over a good Uni Prem side and was enough to wrap up the championship for 2018. A tight first 20 minutes forced a change of formation and from that point on Tech got the upper hand. Highlight of the day was Lara Walls goal where she virtually went the length of the field, up the left channel fighting off challenges, took the ball to the byline, cut back in beating another defender and blasted the ball inside the front past.
Really pleasing to see the level of consistency in the girls play in the past month and a good omen going forward in the Kate Sheppard Cup.
Goal scores wee Emily Morison 2, Lara Wall, Ruby Anderson, Mikayla Gray. POD to the player who had to fill the big boots of Shontelle Smith who was absent, Tabitha Seaton was outstanding in midfield and got the nod.
This was one of those games that the neutral spectator would have enjoyed. Probably not many of those at Ocean Grove but hopefully a member of South Dunedin’s dog walking population stopped and took in a few minutes of Fletcher Cup football at it’s finest?
As always this young Grants Braes side were up for it and right from kick off they put us under early pressure with the wind behind behind them. After the University holidays and (I’m told) apparently epoch changing gig that was Kendrick Lamarr we looked especially rusty for the first 5 minutes, with experienced heads Aaron Burgess Justin Flaws and keeper Chris Goodship picking up the slack and leading by example. After a period of play where we managed to keep possession and pass the ball nicely around it was evident from the side-lines that the cogs where starting to fall back into place and we’d arrived in the game.
Our midfield started to gain the ascendancy and with Justin Flaws playing slightly higher than normal we managed to get balls to our forwards and create goal scoring opportunities. However the Grants Braes centre-halves and keeper put their bodies on the line for the yellow and black cause and we couldn’t get one over the line. Braes themselves looked dangerous, especially on the counter and at set pieces. This was not one way traffic and they also had their own number of chances stopped by Goodship and our defence.
The second half saw another strong start by Braes, who felt this was a ‘must win’ game and piled pressure on early against the wind. Thomas Peterson and Zander Evlamplieff took the game by the scruff off the neck and combined to win the ball and travel down the middle of the park well and for the next twenty minutes we stepped up the intensity and it felt as though we would surely score. A hotly disputed ‘not over the line ruling’ from a scramble from a Justin Flaws corner the closest we got. With the clock running down we went to two front men with Ollie Sutcliffe and Cam Thoms combining to unlock the Braes defence. Braes, still a danger from the counter also had chances and as the whistle blew we both had to make do with a point each. The draw still keeps us in the title race and we’ll take the point. Still work-ons for training this week.
David Rawnsley had a good game going forward for us on the left, Cam Thoms looked dangerous up top and Ollie Sutcliffe was industrious but stand out man-of the-match was Justin Flaws who was another level from anyone else on the park.
Congratulations to Graeme and the Prem Womens for taking out their competition today. All the best for the Semi Finals. Out on Culling Park today in the early game against the Frogs of Northern.
Both teams started strong with goal keepers getting in on the action and getting knocked down. But it was a solid game from both teams working the ball around the park but it was the perseverance of Northern that had them get on the scorecard first. It was about 15 minutes later when Northern claimed a further goal after it came off the keepers boot.
2-0 down for most of the game with 10 to ho and James MacIndoe put the sporit back in the team putting away the ball in a goal mouth scramble of sand. 2-1 was the final result but a much improved and energized presidents 11. We also want to take the opportunity to thank our new sponsor of the team Warm and Cool. Player of the day to the man all over the place. Leon Rowe.
The Frotters were up for a battle with the home derby against the Tech Colt 45s at Culling Park. The was a scrappy from the onset, with a few offside decisions not going down well with the opposition. The Colts opened the scoring with a cross that beat the defenders and lay at Cross feet. He was composed to guide inside the up right.
The second half the Frotters were very unlucky not to equalise with two shots that hit the woodwork. The game ended with just the one goal, and we’re all friends again.
P.O.D was Alan Pope.