Pin-Point Eddie Iraia ruins Thistle's title chances with superb hat-trick

Northern Hearts held an over-30s and under-30s football match on Saturday to celebrate their 70th jubilee. Brodie ...
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Northern Hearts held an over-30s and under-30s football match on Saturday to celebrate their 70th jubilee. Brodie Chambers goes for goal. He was the youngest on the field.

An Eddie Iraia hat-trick helped Pleasant Point to their best performance of the season, a 3-1 win over Thistle.

He bagged goals in either half as the side produced their second win of the season over one of the top three sides.

Iraia said it was a good clinical showing from the side.

West End's Tyler Cox produced another strong showing against Timaru Boys' High School.
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West End's Tyler Cox produced another strong showing against Timaru Boys' High School.

"It was nice to bag a hat-trick it's been a couple of seasons since I last scored one of those."

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He said they wanted to play well from the start.

Pleasant Point's Eddie Iraia and Thistle's Sean Ferguson compete for the ball. They were two of the best on the field in ...
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Pleasant Point's Eddie Iraia and Thistle's Sean Ferguson compete for the ball. They were two of the best on the field in Saturday's clash.

"I talked to the guys before the game and said it's about our pride we can't win the competition but we can play spoilers.

"We also want to consolidate that fourth spot, a spot we're not happy with but will take if can win our next few games."

Iraia said it was pleasing to see everyone stand up and play well.

"We had about four chances at goals and I took three of them, while Mickey's effort hit the post.

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"We wanted to be more clinical and kill them off in the back end of the game if we got that chance and managed to do exactly that, which was pleasing."

He opened the scoring off a fast breakaway and beat Thistle goalkeeper Chris Hall one-on-one.

Thistle replied minutes later through a low hard shot from Glenn Matthews, before Iraia struck again on halftime.

His third, which sealed the result came 15 minutes from fulltime.

"We just didn't shut Eddie down. We allowed him too much space and he was too fast for us.

"The result was a fair indication of the clash," Thistle coach Mark Offen said.

He said unless results went their way and they won all their matches, the league was probably beyond them.

West End moved back to the top of the table with a 3-1 win over a spirited Timaru Boys' High lineup.

Tyler Cox, Raul Atenas and Brad Powdrell found the goal for West End, while Timaru Boys' effort came from the foot of Cam Anderson.

West End's Damian Gawne was proud of the teams performance.

"We were focused on what we wanted to do, had a task we needed to do and did that well and the result came."

He said their best were the defensive end of Powdrell, Brandon Ruffell, Conor Burke and Glen Paul, while Jose Cornejo was in superb touch.

Geraldine knocked over Timaru City 3-2, thanks to goals from Fraser Proctor, Tim Cresswell and Nic Houston.

City's efforts were from Ryan Hanifin in his 99th game and Jacob Willetts.

Meanwhile, Northern Hearts held their 70th jubilee at the weekend with a super turnout. 

The under-30s won their clash with the over-30s 7-6, while seven club stalwarts were made life members.

 

 - Stuff

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