Four goals in the final 10 minutes gave New Plymouth Boys' High School an unlikely 4-2 win over Moturoa in a Taranaki premier football match in New Plymouth last Saturday.
The school side sparked into life in the final minutes. They picked up their intensity and started a far more direct pattern of play.
Long balls into the Moturoa defensive third saw a bizarre situation unfold.
Four times, the Moturoa defence failed to challenge or clear the ball and the schoolboys capitalised on the mistakes with four one-on-one goals in the last 10 minutes. The houdini act netted the school side three valuable competition points.
Moturoa started the game the busier of the two sides and were awarded a penalty after five minutes. Team Taranaki development keeper Zane Coleman did a fantastic job to deny Moturoa's marksman Dylan Coutts.
Five minutes later, Coutts flicked on a long throw from Jake Andrews and man of the match Troy Jury drove the half volley in to the net to make it 1-0.
Coutts was again in the action soon after, stealing the ball off a Boys' High central defender and delicately chipping Coleman who was stranded on his six yard line.
That was the way the score remained until the final flurry of goals. Moturoa travel to Eltham on Saturday to face the locals in their first league outing at their new grounds.
FC Western opened their season with a 2-1 win over Eltham at New Plymouth's Lynmouth Park.
The city side had to work hard for their win against a spirited Eltham side.
Early on both teams found the hot and dry conditions difficult and struggled to control the ball. As the game settled Western dominated possession but a determined Eltham defence kept chances to a minimum.
Western came close early on through a long range effort from Mark Bland, the well-struck volley shaved the outside of the post.
Western scored first with Jarrod Winter finding the net after a pin-point cross for the only goal of the half.
Eltham came out of the changing rooms with a fire in their belly in the second half, they started knocking the ball around more fluently to frustrate the Western team.
Their early dominance was rewarded when striker Tom Ferguson pounced on a deflection and headed the ball across goal into the net.
Western replied to the Eltham goal in spectacular fashion by scoring within one minute of the restart. The ball was played wide, with Winter beating the Eltham keeper one-on-one.
Eltham keeper Simon Oliver made an important one-on-one save when Bland beat his defender but was unable to beat Oliver. With 10 minutes remaining, Eltham's new signing Tom Brett went close with a thunderous shot from 35 metres, but the ball rattled off the cross bar.
Stand out player for Eltham was Philip Oliver who was put in an unfamiliar role of defender.
New Plymouth Rangers travelled to Hawera for their season opener and came away with a 4-1 with over the home side.
Auto City Prestige Cars Rangers' Hayden Laird missed two chances in the first 10 minutes and it wasn't until the 40th minute that Rangers opened the scoring from a set piece with centre back Jeremy Hill finding the back of the net.
Hawera had two good opportunities just before the break but couldn't take either, but a strike by Shannon Bryant gave Rough Habits Hawera the equaliser early in the second half.
The score stayed the same until the 70th minute when Laird pressed home the advantage after a goal mouth tussle. Kerien Forsythe added two late goals in an impressive debut off the bench, with his last goal a diving header.
While it was a tough start for Hawera coach Matt Kelbrick, there were some positives to take into the next game against Western in two weeks. Hawera's player of the match was Blair Robins.
Hawera has the bye this week.
In the remaining game, Peringa beat Inglewood 2-1 at Peringa Park in New Plymouth. Francis Douglas Memorial College had the bye.
- Taranaki Daily News
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