Barton shoots Tech to away win
Two Andy Barton blasts earned Cashmere Technical a vital away win at Nelson yesterday to set up a showdown with Mainland premier league leaders Ferrymead Bays.
Nelson controlled the first half and led 1-0 at the interval after a goal by player-coach Ben Wright.
"But I thought in the second half we played well and fully deserved our win," Cashmere Tech coach John Brown said.
Tech's Canterbury United contingent grabbed the goals with Nick Wortelboer capping a strong game in midfield by intercepting a pass and scoring the equaliser past Nelson keeper Coey Turipa.
Barton made it 2-1 after chasing a long ball out of defence and controlling it well to tuck home his first goal.
He later lashed home a 20m shot after Tech caught out Nelson with a counter-attack.
"Our four 17-year-olds, Louis Bush, Ken Yamamoto, Jordan Halligan and Preston Bell, all did well," Brown said.
Tech moved up to fourth place on the points table on goals differential from Coastal Spirit. However, they are still five points behind champions Ferrymead Bays, who beat Coastal 2-0 at Barnett Park on Saturday.
Canterbury United striker Russell Kamo gave Bays a 1-0 lead in the second half and Wiremu Piercey later converted a penalty.
Halswell United shot up to second place after thrashing FC Twenty 11 6-0 at English Park.
Steve McRae continued his consistent scoring run with two goals and Matt Smith also grabbed a brace. Captain Rhys Parker also got on the scoresheet and Finn Gormack celebrated his first MPL goal.
Christchurch United's Thanarat Prathumphithik was on target twice in a 2-1 win over Western, who could only net through an own goal. United won the Hurley Challenge Shield for the first time this season.
Meanwhile, the three top teams chalked up wins in the Mainland premier women's league. Leaders Coastal Spirit thumped University 5-0, with Emma Proctor netting twice.
Second-placed FC Twenty 11 needed a Belinda van Noorden penalty to beat Western 1-0.
Cashmere Technical toppled Halswell United 3-2 after first-half goals to Daphne Boyd, Mikayla Wieblitz and Monique Barker.
However, Halswell hit back in the second half through Alice Pilgrim and Noran Abaza. Abaza leads the Golden Boot top-scorer race with seven goals.
Men (Round 10): Ferrymead Bays 2 (Russell Kamo, Wiremu Piercy pen) Coastal Spirit 0. HT: 0-0; Halswell United 6 (Steve McRae 2, Matt Smith 2, Rhys Parker, Finn Gormack) FC Twenty 11 0. HT: 2-0; Western 1 (own goal) Christchurch United 2 (Thanarat Prathumphithik 2). HT: 0-1; Nelson Suburbs 1 (Ben Wright) Cashmere Technical 3 (Andy Barton 2, Nick Wortelboer). HT: 1-0.
Points: Ferrymead Bays 21, Halswell 17, Nelson Suburbs, Cashmere Technical, Coastal Spirit 16, Christchurch United 9, Western, FC Twenty 11 8.
Women (Round 7): Halswell United 2 (Alice Pilgrim, Noran Abaza) Cashmere Technical 3 (Daphne Boyd-Tibbott, Mikayla Wieblitz, Monique Barker. HT:0-3; University 0 Coastal Spirit 5 (Emma Proctor 2, Laura Merrin, Lauren Dabner, Mel Cameron). HT: 0-3.
Points: Coastal 21, FC Twenty 15, Cashmere Tech, Western 13, Halswell 4, University 1.
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