Mountainview FC prove too tough for West End
West End was the majority casualty after the first round of football's South Canterbury Cup on Saturday.
The team that finished third in the South Canterbury League put in a limp performance to be bundled out 2-1 by a resurgent Mountainview FC.
Most of the other big names teams made it through easily, with Timaru City ousting Thistle 3-2 in the only other all division one clash.
Mountainview opened the scoring after 10 minutes in bizarre fashion. An innocuous ball in the West End penalty area saw goal- keeper Josh Vincent and defender Wayne Dyche scramble to the ground to try to control the ball.
They both got in each other's way and the ball skidded past them and Mountainview striker Riley Brosnahan was able to walk it into the goal.
West End struggled to hold possession and when they did, they were often going back.
The home team seemed to be defending deep and respecting Mountainview's speed.
The visitors made them pay in the 35th minute when captain Harrison Bowman's direct strike from a free kick on the right hand side, found the bottom left corner.
A timid first half did not improve for West End in the second.
While they created more chances and offered more attack, they were shut down until the 88th minute when they finally managed to pull one back.
Mountainview FC coach James Coyle said his team was now keen on making the final.
"We tried to limit the space West End had on the ball and it seemed to work well.
"The guys played to the game plan really well and they'll have plenty of confidence now.
Pleasant Point Elite coach Danny Johnston said two quick goals and a strong game from Steve Cook helped his team past unbeaten Division Two leaders Temuka.
TBHS coach Gary Ivamy said their first win of the season, albeit against weak opposition, will give them plenty of confidence, especially in front of goal.
AT A GLANCE
Scores: Northern Hearts A won by default against Pleasant Point Classics; Mountainview FC 2, West End 1; Meadowbank United 2, West End B 1; Pleasant Point Reserves 2, Northern Hearts B 1; Timaru City A 3, Thistle 2; Meadowbank Reserves 6, Timaru City Reserves 0; Timaru Boys' High School 10, Geraldine/Temuka Geriatrics 0; Pleasant Point Elite 4, Temuka 0.
The Timaru Herald