Boys' High dig deep to retain title
Goalscorer red-carded in 75th minutePETER LAMPP
There was drama aplenty when the Palmerston North Boys' High School first XI won the Super 8 final in a penalty shootout at weather-ravaged New Plymouth yesterday.
Boys' High won the shootout 5-4 over Tauranga Boys' College amid strong winds and a few hail showers at Peringa Park, Fitzroy.
Boys' High had to dig deep because they lost one of their goalscorers, defender Wade Randle, who was red-carded in the 75th minute for downing a player just outside the box as he was about to score.
It turned out well for Boys' High because Tauranga missed the penalty and Jack Gleeson added another goal to make it 2-all 10 minutes before fulltime. Randle had scored in the 25th minute from the penalty spot. Gleeson's goal came from a header at the back post off a Martens corner.
Defender Levi McFarland also had a strong game.
Boys' High then had to play the 20 minutes of extra time a man short. And when Jordan Martens was off the field having a cut lip repaired, Boys' High were down to nine.
Tauranga had beaten Boys' High 2-1 in their pool game on Monday.
Organisers had to negotiate to open the park after the Palmerston North City Council closed the sodden grounds. In the only other game played, Hamilton Boys' High School beat Hastings Boys' High School 8-2.
For Boys' High, coached by Steve Burnley, it was their seventh game in a week. They were the defending Super 8 champions after beating Rotorua Boys' High School 4-1 in last year's final at Rotorua.
Palmerston North have long been the dominant team and yesterday's was their sixth Super 8 title.
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