Marist beaten by league leaders

GEORGE HEAGNEY
Last updated 12:00 07/07/2014

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Palmerston North Marist were brought back to earth after a few high-flying weeks, beaten 5-1 by Central League leaders Miramar Rangers.

During the past two weeks Marist have beaten top-four sides Wairarapa United and Wellington Olympic, but on Saturday in Wellington they came unstuck against the competition leaders, who are well clear at the top of the table.

Marist had scored early through Tom Mosquera, who finished off a Tyson Brandt header, but Rangers scored 10 minutes before halftime, then again 90 seconds after the break, which saw Marist heads drop.

Marist coach Simon Lees said Miramar were "by far the best team in the league by a long, long way".

"Big teams, they step up, where we haven't quite got there yet."

Miramar had the ball for long periods and Lees said Marist tired from chasing and defending all day.

"The last couple of weeks our game plan has worked extremely well. The game plan worked, we just couldn't keep with them for 90 minutes."

Dominic Milne was outstanding in the middle of the park and Jordan Martens and Jeremy Wild had tidy games.

In the other Central League games, Western Suburbs beat Wellington Olympic 4-1, Wairarapa United beat Petone 3-2, Upper Hutt City beat Tawa 2-1 and Napier City Rovers drew 1-all with Lower Hutt City.

■ In the Federation League Palmerston North Marist Reserves were over the moon with a 2-0 upset win over Palmerston North Boys' High School.

Marist were short and had to get players who had just played for the thirds team earlier to fill in, but overcame a scrappy start to grab two first-half goals from Daniel Hamilton and Matthew Ward.

They then hung on for the rest of the game, under pressure from Boys' High, with centre back Ashish Sahayan standing out and keeper Marcus Watson making a few good saves.

The coaches of Red Sox Manawatu and North End had differing views of their 1-all draw.

Red Sox coach Craig Smithers was chuffed they had got a draw against a team above them and was happy with how they played, but North End coach Garry Hodge felt his side played poorly for parts of the game.

It was 0-all at halftime before Liam Carr put Red Sox ahead, but Billy Burnley levelled things late in the game to snatch the draw.

Steve Lodge, who has just transferred from Linton to Red Sox, had his first game in goal and made plenty of saves.

Feilding had the tough trip to Havelock North and didn't disgrace themselves in a 1-0 loss. Feilding were without captain Sam McKendry and had to take two 16-year-olds, but had good performances from Aaron Richardson, Liam McAleese and Sam Townsend.

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Wanganui Athletic have set themselves up to win the league after beating Team Taranaki 2-1 in their top-of-the-table clash in Wanganui. Wanganui have just about wrapped up the league and should go on to a promotion playoff with the likely Wellington winner Stop Out.

■ Jane Barnett ran riot for Massey University, scoring seven goals in their 13-0 hiding of Wanganui Athletic in the women's Central League at Memorial Park yesterday.

Barnett was too fast and too skilful for the cellar dwellers, as Massey weren't troubled too much.

Massey have two big games coming up with a match against nemesis Seatoun and their national knockout game against Glenfield Rovers, so they tried to stick to their game plan.

Mikaela Boxall also scored a hat-trick, and Rhonda Bridges, Siobhan Patterson and Rosie Missen all got on the score sheet.

Valeron Wanderers were disappointed to let a win slip away in their 3-all draw with Lower Hutt City in Wellington, but happy they improved from their 11-2 loss to Wellington United last week.

Valeron had gone up 3-1 against Lower Hutt thanks to two goals from Ella Wiebe and a long-range effort from Cat Pretty. But Lower Hutt came back and scored the equaliser in the last few minutes.

In the other Central League games, Wellington United beat Waterside-Karori 3-0 and Seatoun beat Upper Hutt City 3-2.

STANDINGS CENTRAL LEAGUE

P W D L F A GD Pts Miramar 10 10 0 0 39 11 28 30 Napier C 11 7 1 3 28 19 9 22 Wgtn 12 7 1 4 28 23 5 22 Wairarapa 12 5 3 4 24 25 -1 18 West Subs 11 5 2 4 26 20 6 17 PN Marist 12 5 1 6 23 21 2 16 Petone 11 4 2 5 27 22 5 14 Lower Hutt 12 2 3 7 15 23 -8 9 Tawa 11 3 0 8 14 34 -20 9 Upper Hutt 12 2 1 9 19 45 -26 7 FEDERATION LEAGUE P W D L F A GD Pts Wanganui 13 11 2 0 41 7 34 35 Taranaki 14 11 0 3 46 17 29 33 H'lock Nth 13 7 2 4 30 14 16 23 North End 13 7 2 4 35 20 15 23 PNBHS 14 3 3 8 24 33 -9 12 PN Marist Res 13 3 1 9 13 53 -40 10 Red Sox-Mtu 13 2 3 8 19 34 -15 9 Feilding 13 2 1 10 12 42 -30 7 WOMEN'S CENTRAL LEAGUE P W D L F A GD Pts Massey 10 10 0 0 57 7 50 30 Seatoun 11 9 1 1 40 13 27 28 Wgtn United 11 7 0 4 42 21 21 21 Waterside 11 6 1 4 21 15 6 19 Upper Hutt 11 3 2 6 36 25 11 11 Lower Hutt 10 2 2 6 26 29 -3 8 Valeron 11 2 2 7 24 45 -21 8 Wanganui 11 0 0 11 1 92 -91 0 

- Manawatu Standard

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