WaiBop take good win over Southern United

IAN ANDERSON
Last updated 19:17 07/12/2013

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WaiBop United climbed into third spot in the Premiership with a 4-2 win over Southern United today.

A couple of sides will have the chance to go past WaiBop tomorrow but they won't concern the hosts at Cambridge, who scored their second win of the season.

Milos Nikolic opened the scoring for the hosts from the penalty spot on the half-hour after Shaydon Young had his heels clipped by Peter Overmire.

Nikolic casually rolled his spot-kick low into the right-hand corner of the net as Southern goalkeeper Tom Batty went left.

WaiBop doubled their advantage a minute before halftime when Mark Jones chased down a ball down the right flank and crossed deep for Young to head back across Batty, who got a fingertip to the ball but couldn't stop it floating into the far corner of the net.

The hosts put the result beyond doubt in the 61st minute when teenage substitute Reid Drake, who'd been on for five minutes, waited for a clearance from a corner to drop before striking a perfect left-foot volley from 25 metres past a helpless Batty.

However, the visitors dragged a goal back when an awful refereeing decision from Antony Riley allowed Henrique Alves Viana to score from the penalty spot. As he did last weekend, WaiBop keeper Andy McNeil parried the spot-kick but Viana followed up to tuck in the loose ball.

Nikolic looked to have the final say when he headed Drake's near-post corner past Batty with five minutes to go, but Matt Joy pulled another back for the visitors when he headed home Nick Hindson's left-wing cross in the last minute of normal time.

For Southern, it was their fifth consecutive defeat of the ASB Premiership season to keep them rooted to the bottom of the table.

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