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Weekend Review

Southern United Men vs Canterbury United

By Rab Smith

It took just 11 minutes for Canterbury to breach the Southern defence
when Stephen Hoyle found space and clipped in the first goal at Sir Basil Arthur park, Timaru.

Disappointing..... but this is what Pre-Season is all about....
trying to organise players into efficient defensive and attacking patterns.

On the day, Southern gave too much ball away, and Canterbury, already rated by many as 'top four candidates' in the National League, looked a tight balanced unit, with pace and finishing power. In an earlier pre-season game Auckland City narrowly edged out Canterbury by 3-2.

Southern coach Paul O'Reilly would dearly love another couple of games to weld his team into a similar unit, but, still assessing his players, he once again rang the changes, used all his squad to find the best combinations.

There were some very good performances, but at top level any slack play is punished and Southern's careless passing allowed Canterbury to thrive.

Canterbury's second goal was around the hour mark, when despite being forced wide, Andre de Jong hammered in a strong shot which beat Tom Stevens, who had taken over from Liam Little in goal.

Second half wind advantage brought few Southern shots, except for a couple of super runs by Chris Kessell, who beat defenders on the left wing, and despite a crude tackle in the box, he still managed to chip Tom Batty and hit the underside of the crossbar, before defenders hoiked the ball off their goal line.

All in all, another useful excercise, but reality is just round the corner for coach O'Reilly as he has to firm up his team shape for next weeks away match against league newcomer Hamilton.

Youth Team

Southern United Youth vs Hamilton Wanderers

By Morgan Jarvis

Fulltime in the National Youth League opener, with Hamilton Wanderers holding out to win 3-1 over Southern United. The visitors definitely had the better of the first half as they took a 2-0 lead, looking sharp and creating plenty of chances. Liam Whittaker pulled off some superb saves to keep us in the match.

Early in the second half we were fighting back into the match, when Wanderers were awarded a penalty which they converted to go 3-0 up. Our boys didn't give up and created some good chances late on, and were rewarded when substitute Anton Fitzgerald burst through the defence to score a late consolation goal.

Standout performers were Liam in goals, Blake Porteous who was busy in defence, and Anton who made an impact up front.

Round 2 is Sunday 30th Oct where the boys head up to Christchurch to take on a Canterbury side who just beat Tasman United in a 6-5 thriller.



Southern United vs Canterbury United

By Morgan Jarvis

Game 1

Brilliant performance from our Southern United Futsal side who had a super impressive 9-2 win over Canterbury in their opening fixture this afternoon in front of a good crowd at the Edgar Centre.

Tight opening exchange before substitute Mike Taylor scored with just his second touch after 7 minutes. Canterbury equalised but Daniel de Souza scored a good goal to give us a 2-1 lead at half time.

The floodgates opened up in the second half, with goals to Kasam Ali, Mike Sannum with a brilliant turn and shot from the sideline, a fantastic chipped finish from de Souza, a gritty goal to Dan Ramsey, a superb solo turn-and-break goal from Sean McIntee, one to Ben Wallace, and the final goal in the last minute to de Souza to complete his hat trick. We even got away with having three direct free kicks brilliantly saved by the Canterbury keepers.

Unbelievable win for Darren Hart's side, but Canterbury have a chance for revenge at 10am tomorrow. Get down to the Edgar Centre and show your support, the boys are bound to put on another entertaining display.


Game 2

Southern United Futsal lads after their 6-3 win over Canterbury this morning. Two good wins in as many days, well done!

A much tighter affair than yesterday's match with Canterbury throwing everything at us.

Some brilliant saves from our keepers Fraser Hunter & Dan Bocatios probably made the difference.

First half goals scored by Carlos Herrmann, a cracker from Michael Sannum, & a brilliant finish from a tight angle from Daniel de Souza.

Carlos scored his second with a clever chip after the break, we got a scrambled own goal, and Sean McIntee nabbed the sixth with a great counter attack goal.

Thanks to everyone who came along to support the boys!