Southern United Men vs Canterbury United
By Rab Smith
It took just 11 minutes for Canterbury to breach the Southern
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
trying to organise players into efficient defensive and attacking
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.
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
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
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
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
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!