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Whakatane Bay 2 vs Ngongotaha 3/9/16
Whakatane’s Bay Two side travelled to Ngongotaha on Saturday to play what was expected to be a tough game after the home sides recent form and results. Turning up late didn’t help the travelling side as they started cold with many first touches giving away possession. Ngongotaha showed they would be a threat up front as they made a number of attacks in the first 15 minutes. However it didn’t take Whakatane long to open the scoring when the home side goal keeper ran out of his goal and made a poor clearance. Danny Smith found the ball at his feet outside the box and simply lobbed the ball back over the heads of the defensive players. Minutes later Joseph Cairns had a crack at goal when a corner kick resulted in the ball being cleared and landing at his feet outside the 18 yard line. His deflected shot found its way into the back of the net and Whakatane had themselves a comfortable 2-0 lead. This didn’t last long as Ngongotaha were able to peg one back from a free kick that was well headed in making the score 2-1. Near the end of the first half some good midfield work by Jason Pullar found Cairns who played through to striker Carwyn Evans. He managed to squeeze the ball past the advancing keeper and into the path of Smith to score his second with a tap home from close range giving the travelling side a 3-1 lead at halftime.
Whakatane continued to dominate the game in the second half and it wasn’t long before they scored again after a George Dalgety shot was parried by the keeper into the path of Evans who tucked it away. Evans was back on the score sheet moments later after he managed to backheel the ball into the net from close range when it was put across the goal. Cal Pirihi then added to the goal tally when he made a run down the left flank and bent a powerful shot into the top right corner of the goal. Ngongotaha hadn’t yet given up and they managed to get back another goal from a well struck shot outside the 18 yard box. The final goal came when Whakatane’s Paddy Deegan made a run down the right flank and put in a great cross which was met on the volley by Evans to complete his hat trick and give Whakatane a 7 – 2 win.
Whakatane are keen to finish the season well and need to collect 3 more points from their last game of the season against Rotorua City this coming weekend to ensure 4th position on the table.