A couple of high scoring games, one in the men’s and one in the women’s competition, were the feature of the second round of the Bealey’s Ale House CPL.
Marist v HSOB/Burnside
The first game of round 2 had the Marist men taking on HSOB/Burnside at Waimak Stadium. Marist were looking to continue their winning form from the first round while HSOB/Burnside were hoping to recover from their disappointing open round loss to University. Marist were the first to notch a score on the board after an excellent overload run up the right hand side of the pitch that was finished off by a Tim Schulpen forehand into the far corner from a tight angle. They then went on to put HSOB under plenty of pressure for the rest of the half though failed to capitalise on their many opportunities. HSOB came out strong in the third quarter, stringing a number of passes together to create some great opportunities, scoring a quick fire double to Matt Lake and Scott Harris respectively and taking the lead into the final quarter. The game then seesawed in the 4th with Marist sneaking the equaliser with a scrappy goal rolling in off an Old Boys foot with five minutes to go. They then had a chance to take the lead in the dying minutes but their PC bracket was unsuccessful with Scott Harris running down the flick. A great match played in good spirit.
Marist: 2 (Tim Schulpen, Richard Storey) HSOB/Burnside: 2 (Matt Lake, Scott Harris)
Southern United v Carlton Redcliffs
The second game of the day saw the Southern United Stingers facing off against last year’s runners up Carlton Redcliffs. Carlton Redcliffs began the game full of confidence after a 5 goal haul against Avon last week and stunned the Stingers with three well taken field goals in the first quarter to Willy Davidson, Lars Dalley and Ed Enersen. The tide finally turned in Southern’s favour in the dying stages of the 1st quarter and they managed to claw one back through a Cameron Douglas rebound from a corner in the 17th minute. With both teams trading green cards in the 2nd quarter Southern found the back of the net again, Cameron the provider. Southern came out firing in the 3rd quarter with Chez Parore netting with a classy reverse and Ryan Cosgrove beating the goalie with a well taken drag flick from a PC to put Southern ahead. The 4th quarter saw end-to-end action, Ben Rutherford adding another for Southern halfway through the quarter, before Carlton Redcliffs replied with a PC goal to Trent Summers, and finally Chez Parore scoring his second in the final minutes to ensure Southern took home maximum points and a 6-4 win.
Southern United: 6 (Cameron Douglas 2, Chez Parore 2, Ryan Cosgrove, Ben Rutherford) Carlton Redcliffs: 4 (Lars Dalley, Willy Davidson, Ed Enersen, Trent Summers)
Harewood v University
With both Harewood and University recording 1st round wins last week both teams were looking to back up again this weekend. University started perfectly with Arnie Lowe latching on to a great cross from the right and slamming it home in the first five minutes. They then scored a second shortly after when Sam Mark capitalised on some weak Harewood defence and dribbled through three or four defenders before slipping the ball across the line. After their slow start the Harewood boys’ clawed their way back into the game with a reverse stick shot from Nick Findlay followed up by another when University failed to clear from a PC and Nick finished off an easy shot. 2-2 at the break. The Harewood boys then took control in the 3rd quarter, Nick Findlay completing a hat trick when finding himself on the end of a far post cross from the left. Harewood’s fourth goal then came from a well worked 1-2 finished off by Ryan Cocking. University fought hard in the 4th quarter but couldn’t convert their opportunities.
Harewood: 4 (Nick Findlay 3, Ryan Cocking) University: 2 (Arnie Lowe, Sam Mark)
Avon v Hornby
The last men’s match of the day had the Hornby Vipers up against Avon, both sides having suffered first round losses and aiming for their first win of the season. In a pretty even game it was Avon who drew first blood with a well worked move that was finished off clinically by Levi Barrow in the first quarter. There was no change in the second quarter and the teams went into half time with Avon narrowly ahead 1-0. A great finish from Dan McBride saw Avon ahead 2-0 in the 3rd quarter and the game seemingly safe. Hornby had other ideas though, and a Sam Fitzgerald drag flick from a PC making it 1-2 with 10 minutes to go and giving the Hornby boys a sniff at victory. Avon then replied with a goal to Harry Darling with 5 minutes to go seeing Avon take home their first points of the season with a 3-1 win.
Avon: 3 (Levi Barrow, Dan McBride, Harry Darling) Hornby: 1 (Sam Fitzgerald)
HSOB/Burnside v Marist
The first game of round 2 on the women’s side of the draw saw HSOB/Burnside taking on Marist straight after their men’s match-up. HSOB/Burnside, fresh from the first round bye, got off to a flying start with their first goal coming in the first couple of minutes when Emily Wium found the back of the net, followed up by a second shortly after when Rachel McCann finished off after some good structured play. Marist hit back in the 2nd quarter through Katie Baxter to make it 2-1 at halftime. The game then seesawed for most of the second half until HSOB/Burnside found the net again through Hayley Cox. With a few minutes to play Marist substituted their goalie hoping to spark a comeback but instead it resulted in a fourth goal to HSOB, Emily Wium scoring her second goal from a deflection off a great cross from Rachel McCann.
HSOB/Burnside: 4 (Emily Wium 2, Hayley Cox, Rachel McCann) Marist: 1 (Katie Baxter)
Carlton Redcliffs v Southern United
The second women’s game of the day had the Southern United Stars facing off against Carlton Redcliffs. The Stars were looking for an improved performance this weekend after a disappointing loss to Marist last week, but it was not to be. The sun was out but it was a crisp afternoon at Marist Park and an early goal from Bridget Kiddle saw Southern on the back foot right from the start. The Reindeer were full of confidence after finding the net 5 times last week and their second goal was a result of some moments of magic and creativity, finished off by Jenna McIntyre. Down 0-2 the Southern girls showed some grit and hit back with in a goal to Georgia Surie. But that was the extent of their comeback and the Reindeer took control for the rest of the match putting another 4 balls into the back of the Southern net, sharing it around with Jenna McIntyre scoring her second, Margot Willis also bagging a double and Sophie Cocks and Fran Williamson also adding to the scoreboard.
Carlton Redcliffs: 7 (Jenna McIntyre 2, Margot Willis 2, Bridget Kiddle, Sophie Cocks, Fran Williamson) Southern: 1 (Georgia Surie)
Avon v Hornby
Both Avon and Hornby suffered losses in the first round last weekend and both teams were aiming for maximum points from the last match of the day. Both teams failed to capitalise on their chances early. As the game progressed Avon began to assert a bit more authority and control the ball for longer periods of time, however they couldn’t convert any of their opportunities. With the game closing out at 0-0 both teams will now be languishing at the bottom of the table with only one point apiece.
Harewood - BYE
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