Pirates held to scoreless draw
Central Pirates came back to earth with a thud on Tuesday evening.
They followed up their gutsy 3-2 Chatham Cup football win over Richmond on Saturday, with a 0-0 draw against Blenheim Valley United in a catch-up division one game at A and P Park.
What loomed as a "David v Goliath" encounter between the unbeaten competition leaders and the cellar-dwellers turned into an evenly-fought struggle.
United fielded an almost full-strength squad for the first time this season and dominated the first quarter of the match, creating a handful of of chances for Denham Wisdom after clever interplay between the front three.
Pirates shook off their hangover from the previous match after half an hour and began to exert control on the game, particularly in midfield where some substitutions allowed them greater control.
However the United defence and goal keeper Liam Kennedy kept United in the game, some timely goalmouth scrambles by Kennedy and centre backs Tom Lichtnecker and Alick Damelip allowing them to keep a clean sheet.
Workhorses for United were midfielders Take Thu and Pablo Dominguez, plus Ben Proffit who kept Pirates' strike weapon Harrison Pine quiet.
Pirates' coach Paul Finnegan was disappointed with his side's finishing, given the amount of possession they enjoyed, and praised the efforts of United keeper Kennedy.