Harrison Marr bags four as Pleasant Point claim honours versus Geraldine
Pleasant Point's Harrison Marr chose the perfect time to shine at the Point Domain on Saturday.
Marr scored four goals to help Point to their second win of the South Canterbury football league season in their first match back on the main field at the Domain, since the ground was vanadlised in May.
Point's last win came on April 1 against Timaru Boys' High, the opening round of the competition, so they went eight weeks without a victory.
"I've scored a hat-trick before but never four goals, so it was nice to get four," Marr said,
He was playing up front as a lone striker and the plan seemed to work superbly.
"Yeah it was a good game and I'm stoked to have banged in a few goals."
The 18-year-old said it was pleasing to have helped the side over the line.
"We played well, it was good to see the guys remain confident and play some decent football."
Point opened the scoring through defender Tom Shearer, who headed home a pinpoint free kick.
Geraldine tried their best to put the pressure on Point with some strong attacking surges but most of them came to nothing.
Point's second goal came from the left-footed Marr.
Eddie Iraia caused havoc for Geraldine down the left hand side of the park, creating numerous opportunities for his team-mates.
Marr bagged a second minutes before halftime to give Point a comfortable 3-0 lead.
Geraldine opened their account in the second half through Fraser Proctor and looked as though they could get back into the clash.
A strong Marr shot from the edge of the box found the goal and made it 4-1 to Point.
His last effort was well done placing it past the keeper who rushed up out of his box.
That was Point's best defensive effort of the season, conceding just one goal.
Pleasant Point's best were Marr, his brother Campbell, Shearer, Rory Tollan and Iraia, while Geraldine got plenty from Junior Narayan, Proctor, Neil Smith, Callum Coster and Salvesh Chandra.
Northern Hearts came from two goals down to defeat Timaru City 3-2 at Aorangi Park.
City, thanks to goals from Paul Holmes and Aaron Franks led early, before Hearts secured the win through a double to Matias Gallo and a Lee McKenna strike.
With West End having the bye, Hearts return to the top-of-the-table.
Thistle cemented third place with a strong showing against Timaru Boys' High School, winning 5-3 despite being without the consistent James Blackstock.
The injured Blackstock has been a key player in Thistle's efforts over the last few weeks so his absence was a blow.
Thistle's first came from some fabulous work from Thistle's cricketing connection Craig Hinton, Stan Mair and Glenn Matthews, known as the "seam bowling trio", with the latter on hand to knock home a delicately placed finish following a pin point free kick and touch from Hinton and Mair.
Jordyn Ellis bagged a hat-trick while Hinton grabbed the other.
Boys' High's goals came from Cam Anderson, who added two more to his season tally, and Ben Sewell.
Thistle's best were Sean Ferguson, Mair, seasoned campaigner Grant Watt, Ellis and Pat Lees, while Anderson was again Boys' High's best.