A fired-up Oratia 'too good'
Oratia United have capped off their supreme NFF/AFF regular football season with an emphatic 6-0 victory over Norwest United at Parrs Park on Saturday.
Oratia already wrapped up the championship last month with a clear points advantage. Saturday's win made it 16 wins from 18 games.
The champions cruised to a healthy 2-0 lead at halftime with two goals to striker Steve Doherty.
Oratia coach Lee Gosshawk had no trouble with the halftime team talk.
"The conditions were pretty poor in the first half and Norwest threw everything at us in that first 20-25 minutes so it was good to be ahead," he says.
Norwest coach Chris Dunn says Oratia were too good in the end.
"They certainly deserved to win. We had a few opportunities in the first 25 minutes but couldn't capitalise and Oratia came back strong," he says.
It was all one-way in the second half with goals to Andy Kapteyn, Niall Rankin, Pranil Kumar and Doherty adding his third for a hat-trick.
"Steve got a hat-trick in the first game of the season and again in his last so that was good result for him," Gosshawk says.
Oratia captain Neil Hannard is pleased to end the regular season with a big result.
"As a defender I usually like the close games and we have struggled in some matches to score. But we were firing out there, Norwest are traditionally a team that takes points from us," Hannard says.
Oratia have already been promoted to the Northern Regional Football League's second division for 2013 and will look to keep pushing the competition.
"This year's been huge. We started training early in the season and we've put a lot of work in to get to where we are. We're going out to win the NRFL second division next year, we've got the talent to do it," Gosshawk says.
Oratia's next challenge is the NFF Federation plate final against Birkenhead Camel Space at Parrs Park on Thursday at 6.45pm..
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