A mixture of theatrics and flair from Meadowbank United striker Miguel Ortiz was enough to see the Oamaru club banish Timaru Boys' High School 6-3 in their South Canterbury football league match at Sir Basil Arthur Park, on Saturday.
Ortiz scored four goals and set up a fifth in a dazzling display which was only dampened by his constant rolling around on the ground every time he was tackled.
As if preparing for a fire drill the striker would hit the turf in supposed pain before making a quick recovery when the referee showed no interest.
In other results, Thistle and West End played out an entertaining 3-3 draw, while Northern Hearts came back from three goals down to draw with Pleasant Point 4-4.
There was action from the start of the TBHS versus Meadowbank United clash at Sir Basil Arthur Park.
Both teams scored inside the first five minutes.
Jordan Howey-Beattie and Tom Deeley combined to open the scoring after two minutes following a scramble in front of goal with the last touch coming from a Meadowbank foot.
Ortiz made a strong run down the right flank which left TBHS defender Kyle Uys on the ground after being shouldered off the ball.
His strike was too powerful.
He had his second goal in the 18th minute when he was left unmarked in the penalty area and struck a right foot shot calmly into the net.
TBHS looked lethargic at times.
Another cross into the penalty area was not dealt with by the TBHS defenders and all that happened was Mitchell Greaney put it over the line despite Sam Kempf's defensive efforts.
The mid-field battle looked more like a Meadowbank walkover than a battle.
The visitors were hungrier, wanted the ball in the air and created more time and space to launch their attacks.
TBHS striker Truth Toheriri created a couple of chances for his side but it was their defensive frailties and poor marking which hurt them most.
Ortiz turned provider five minutes before halftime when his ball into the box found an unmarked Greaney at the far post for his second.
TBHS co-captain Michael Hogan tried to lift his side with a well taken goal three minutes after halftime.
Normal service resumed on the hour mark when Kevin Oh played a nice return ball to Ortiz who got enough dip on his shot for it to go under the crossbar.
He added his fourth in fortunate fashion.
A shot from Bobby Jackson hit him when he appeared to be in an offside position, however there was no flag from the linesman and the score reached 6-2.
Tom Deeley got one back for TBHS with a quickly taken free kick as the Meadowbank defensive wall was setting up but that was as good as it got for the home team.
TBHS coach Gary Ivamy said he was at a loss to explain why his side's form kept fluctuating.
Meadowbank captain Simon Willetts said he felt his team dominated in all areas of the park, and despite leaking three goals was satisfied with the effort.
West End coach Wayne Dyche was forced to lament his team giving up a 2-0 lead to share the points.
He said a draw was a fair result after a second-half goal got them back on level terms.
Thistle player/coach Craig Hinton said his team showed character to come back from a rough start, with Matt Milne playing a part in two goals to helps salvage the situation.
Hearts player/coach Matt Chambers said his team was lucky to escape with a draw after being 4-1 down after 40 minutes against Pleasant Point.
A hat-trick from Todd Burtenshaw was the catalyst for the comeback.
Pleasant Point assistant coach Jarved Allan said a needless free-kick and penalty did not help their cause but the efforts of Andy Hill, who scored two goals, as well as Keegan and Eddie Iraia up-front certainly helped in the early stages.
- The Timaru Herald