The Marlborough under-12 football side produced their best performance at the Friendship Games (Japan Cup) tournament in Timaru on Wednesday.
Against Canterbury Black, Marlborough started with purpose and shape allowing their opponents no room to play. Back-to-back goals by Hamish Turner in the 11th and 12th minutes, well created by Ruby Smith and Henry Aitken, gave Marlborough a handy 2-0 lead at half time.
But Canterbury came back in the second half as Marlborough tired, scoring their first through a counter attack. With time up on the clock a long clearing kick caught the Marlborough defence out and the Cantabrians scored with their last touch of the game. While Marlborough were disappointed to draw, they had played well.
In their second game against South Canterbury Green, Marlborough started flat and were down two goals at the break.
Marborough came out better in the second half and scored their first when Ryan Clemett pressured a defender into a poor clearance that rebounded to Turner who rounded the keeper to score.
But that was the end of the good news for Marlborough as South Canterbury won 5-0.
- The Marlborough Express