Goalfest for top two sides
Northern Hearts and West End piled on the goals during their South Canterbury Football League victories at Sir Basil Arthur Park, on Saturday.
League leaders Northern Hearts beat Timaru Boys' High School 10-0 on the back of four goals from captain Todd Burtenshaw and three from striker Ants Hancock.
Second-placed West End were just as convincing at dismantling Thistle 9-0 thanks to four goals from Danny Campbell.
In other results Pleasant Point thrashed Timaru City 7-1 at home and Meadowbank United downed Mountainview FC 3-2 at the Oamaru Showgrounds.
Thistle had little answer for the pace of strikers Danny Campbell and Kenny Cox.
West End won the battle for possession in the air against a timid Thistle defence that looked disjointed at times as they tried to repel wave after wave of pressure.
Defender Grant Watt got through a power of work, especially on the left edge in the first half but he was powerless to prevent a 6-0 halftime advantage.
Kenny Cox also grabbed a double for the game and while Thistle pressed more in the second half they were unable to get on the scoresheet.
West End coach Trevor Johnston said he asked his strikers not to shoot from distance.
"We knew they had a good goal keeper who made some good saves the last time we played so I wanted them to drive it in to the penalty box. The first couple of goals came that way so that was pleasing."
Northern Hearts goal keeper Matt Chambers, who had very little to do, said it was quite exciting to watch his team and their nearest rivals going goal-for-goal.
He said his team played with good speed in their buildup play and to give Tom Deeley the final goal against his old team in his last match in South Canterbury was a good way to end the game.
TBHS coach Gary Ivamy said his team was simply outclassed.
He said Jordan Howey-Beattie tried to organise the defence and Jack Deeley provided a good outlet for his team in the middle of the park.
Pleasant Point coach Danny Johnston said he was pleased his team finally put a team away with the comprehensive victory over Timaru City.
Tom Shearer and new Irish midfielder Michael Coonon scored twice in the victory.
The Timaru Herald