Southern United draw away to Waitakere
By Holly Percival
Southern took the lead, but had to settle for a draw
Southern United headed to Auckland to face Waitakere United in the live broadcasted game courtesy of Sky Sports. Under hot conditions, Southern United would show to a solid first half, but with Waitakere United establishing a fair amount of pressure as the second half developed.
Both teams would show to several significant chances created during the first half, with Conor O'Keeffe closest for Southern as his shot from the edge of the box skimmed the post.
Southern started off strong in the second half, with only three minutes in Abdulla Al-Khalisy finishing off a fine bit of individual skill by finding the back of the net following a deflection. However, the goal marked a shift in the overall dynamic of the game, as Waitakere upped the pressure in search of the equalizer. On the hour mark, the home team were able to break through the Southern defence, as a cross from the byline led to a close range finish to give Waitakere the equalizer. While Southern would show to a couple of chances, it was Waitakere that led the way in the latter stages of the second half in terms of chances created. However, the home team were not able to convert and it ended in a 1-1 draw.
The game also marked 18-year-old Rory Findlay's starting debut for Southern United, following his debut as a sub in the win against Hamilton Wanderers a couple of weeks ago. Having excelled as captain for the youth team, Findlay showed to a solid performance at the left-back position.
Southern United look to get back on winning ways next weekend as they host Tasman United.