TEAM WELLINGTON 4 WAITAKERE UNITED 1
ISPS Handa Premiership
Dave Farrington Park, Wellington
Sunday 18th February, 2018
|Waitakere United's Liam Anderson can't save Jack-Henry Sinclair's penalty The JourneyFan|
It felt a bit strange leaving Dave Farrington Park after this game on Sunday. It was an odd feeling as it was a decent game of football on a nice day and there had been five goals. But therein lay the problem, the previous two meetings of these clubs at this ground had produced a staggering 21 goals!!!
Then there was the epic semi final that saw the game finish 6-6 after extra time before Team Wellington won it on penalties.
So despite it being a decent game, there was this unusual feeling of being robbed as we only got to see five goals!!! - I suppose there are worse problems to have!
It started with so much promise as well. Jack-Henry Sinclair opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the third minute, before Andy Bevin hooked the ball over an advancing Liam Anderson, in the Waitakere goal, to make 2-0 after 10 minutes.
Waitakere came back into the game and pulled a goal back in the 23rd minute when Yuki Ohtsuka headed home from close range. They had a chance to make it all square just before half time when they got a penalty, but Team Wellington's Scott Basalaj is something of a penalty expert and pulled off yet another save. (If I had the stats I'm pretty sure he'd have a success rate of saves at 50%+).
Team Wellington started the second half like they started the first - with a goal, this one to the Guernsey goal machine, Ross Allen. Allen came to Team Wellington from Guernsey FC, who play in the seventh tier of English football, and had scored an incredible 239 goals in 226 games for them and he is continuing that form with Team Wellington with this being his fourth goal in only his fifth game!
There were a couple of more chances for both sides but both keepers pulled off some great saves before Andy Bevin put the game to bed in the 74th minute when he finished off a cross from the impressive sub Sekou Diane to make it 4-1.
|Eric Molloy congratulates the Guernsey goal machine, Ross Allen The JourneyFan|
So it was a decent game and I can't (and aren't) really complaining about seeing five goals. It was a good hit out for Team Wellington who head of to Honiara for the group games of the Oceania Champions League. For Waitakere their next game is on March 4th and they will be hoping to reverse their horror run of form which has seen them lose four in a row and not record a win since December 10th last year.