Southern close the gap on playoff spot after hard-fought win
By Markus Fjørtoft
Southern came back from a goal down at halftime, to secure a vital 2-1 win in last game at Forsyth Barr Stadium
Southern closed the gap on a playoff spot with a win yesterday against Waitakere United. The home side fell behind through an Andrew Abba goal. The home side was close to equalizing immediately after with some good link-up play between Garbhan Coughlan and Conor McDonald, but McDonald's effort wasn't good enough to beat Waitakere's Draper in nets.
Waitakere went into half time with a one-goal lead, but Southern further grew into the game as the second half developed and an equalizer looked more and more likely. Debutante Conor McDonald finished off a good passage of play from the edge of the box in the 64th minute. Southern further capitalised on some good momentum when Abdullah Al-Kalisy cleverly put through Coughlan who was taken down in the box by the Waitakere keeper. Southern's top scorer Garbhan Coughlan converted the resulting penalty in the 77th minute.
Although both teams had more chances to add to the scoreline in the last 15 minutes, Southern saw out the game at 2-1. A good three points for Southern United that leaves the gap to 4th place at 7 points with a game in hand.