Stirling Sports Premiership
Stirling Sports Premiership - Southern United 1 - 3
A masterclass from Canterbury midfielder Aaron Clapham in
his 100th match proved the difference in the Stirling Sports
Premiership southern derby match at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Sunday,
with the former All White scoring all three of the visitors
Clapham's goals included two penalties which bookended the
match - the first coming after a foul just 90 seconds into the
match, and the other with practically the final kick of the game
moments after Southern had opened their account.
The midfielder's second goal was a classy finish on the
half hour mark after ten passes of build-up play which helped the
Dragons to a deserved 2-0 half-time lead.
In front of an enthusiastic crowd of at least 600,
conceding such an early penalty was gut wrenching, and overall it
was a disappointing first half for Southern. Coach Paul O'Reilly
has already shown he's not afraid to change things up when he's not
happy, and he made two half-time substitutions which contributed to
a much improved effort after the break, with half a dozen good
chances created and the side looking a lot more fluent in
It took until stoppage time however for Southern to
finally be rewarded, when winger Andy Mulligan pounced on a
Canterbury error and slipped a perfect ball through to fellow
Irishman Eric Molloy who cooly slotted the ball past Canterbury
keeper Danny Knight to score his side's first goal of the
Mulligan earlier had a great chance to get on the
scoresheet after being sent through on goal by substitute Sam
Collier, only to be denied brilliantly by Knight.
Irishman Danny Ledwith looked classy throughout the match,
always busy in the middle of the park and dangerous in dead ball
situations. Caversham striker Collier made an impact off the bench
on his National League debut, and captain Harley Rodeka looked
dangerous on the ball too.
Despite some encouraging signs, O'Reilly was disappointed
with his side's performance. "To be fair, I think we were beaten by
a better side today. We'll be looking to make big improvements in
the coming weeks".
Southern United travel to Auckland to take on Waitakere
United on Sunday 6 November, and have a home game down in
Invercargill a week later against the formidable Auckland
National Women's League
National Women's League - Southern United 0 - 8 Northern
A classy Northern Football side put on a footballing
masterclass in beating Southern United women 8-0 at Tahuna Park on
Saturday to underline their favouritism for the National Women's
Although Southern were disappointed with the comprehensive
nature of the loss, you couldn't help but marvel at the skill and
teamwork on display by the visitors. Northern feature a raft of
international representatives, including Football Fern fullback CJ
Bott who opened the scoring with a speculative long range effort,
and NZ U17 striker Sam Tawharu who bagged an impressive
Fellow attacker Katie Rood scored the goal of the game
with a spectacular first-time effort from 30 metres out that
left Southern keeper Jade Middleditch with no chance.
The match was not quite the one-way traffic that the
scoreline suggested, with Southern having a clutch of chances to
get on the board themselves, however Southern head coach Hayley
Stirling was quick to admit that her side was a clear second
"We knew that Northern would be classy but we are
disappointed to concede eight goals and we are not going to accept
that," she said. "We'll look at the footage again to get the
details of what happened and how we can fix it. We want to fix it
"I don't think it is going to get easier but I do think
that we can be optimistic with the opponents we have coming up,"
said Stirling "If we can get this sort of crowd to our next couple
of home games here at Tahuna [WaiBop and Auckland] that is really
going to spur us on."
Southern will look to bounce back next week with an away
game to Capital.