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Sun 21 Oct 13:00 - League Full time

Southern United fall to Canterbury United

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Southern United fall to a first-half goal in their season opener

Southern United suffered a 1-0 loss against Canterbury United Dragons in a hard-fought encounter at English Park in Christchurch. The Willy Gerdsen coached team, who made the semi-finals of the ISPS Handa Premiership in 2017 – 18, took the lead in the 36th when Sean Liddicoat found the back of the net.

A good weighted ball from Stephen Hoyle found space in behind the Southern United defence and Liddicoat ran onto it and hit a well-placed shot into the bottom left corner past a diving Liam Little.

It was the defining moment in the match and despite a number of chances for both sides the scoreline remained 1-0 after 90 minutes. The most notable chance for Southern United landed to Markus Fjørtoft who hit his header straight at the Dragons keeper Conor Tracey soon after half-time.

In the closing stages, the Dragons could have doubled their lead when Cory Mitchell hit a fine shot but was denied by the woodwork. At the other end, Southern United keeper Little produced arguably the save of the match when Maksym Kowal went one-on-one with the keeper and he came off his line to make a timely save.

- NZ Football: http://www.nzfootball.co.nz/newsarticle/69523

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75:00 Sub Off
Abdulla Al-Khalisy is substituted off for Southern United Football Club
75:00 Sub On
Adam Hewson is substituted on for Southern United Football Club
70:00 Sub Off
Benjamin Wade is substituted off for Southern United Football Club
70:00 Sub On
Blake Weston is substituted on for Southern United Football Club
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  • Canterbury United
  • Southern United Football Club
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  • Benjamin Wade Sub Off 70:00'
  • Blake Weston Sub On 70:00'
  • Abdulla Al-Khalisy Sub Off 75:00'
  • Adam Hewson Sub On 75:00'

Team selection

Little, Liam Little, Liam
O'Keeffe, Conor O'Keeffe, Conor
Grove, Jared Grove, Jared
Panzer, Erik Panzer, Erik
Last, Stephen Last, Stephen
Wade, Benjamin Wade, Benjamin
Al-Khalisy, Abdulla Al-Khalisy, Abdulla
Whitehead, Tony Whitehead, Tony
Fjørtoft, Markus Fjørtoft, Markus
Ledwith, Danny Ledwith, Danny
Coughlan, Garbhan Coughlan, Garbhan

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