Final home game of the season ends in a draw
By Markus Fjørtoft
Unbeaten run continues for Southern with a disappointing draw against Hawke's Bay
Southern United took on Hawke's Bay in what was the final home game of the season at Sunnyvale Park. The early kick-off began with some promising play from the home side, with chances being created in the first 10 minutes of the game.
A very eventful minute in the 14th saw a goal scored by Soromon after some selfless play from Al-Khalisy. After Al-Khalisy broke the Hawke's Bay back line and squared the ball to Soromon, the opposition protested strongly to the referee claiming Al-Khalisy was offside. In the midst of these protests, a Hawke's Bay player was sent off for dissent.
Immediately, Hawke's Bay was awarded a penalty when the ball struck the arm of Southern skipper Conor O'Keefe in the box. The away side converted the penalty and the sides were back to all square.
With a man extra on the pitch, there was an expectation that the home side would really kick on and control the game. A nicely played through ball from Al-Khalisy to Coughlan gave Southern top scorer his 13th goal of the season. With ten men, the away team managed to claw their way back into the game. Just before half time, Hawke's Bay equalised for the second time.
The second half was a lot more uneventful than the first. The home side struggled to create any great chances as the away side managed to deal with anything Southern threw at them. A frustrating second half for Southern ended without being able to capitalise on the extra man and the game finished 2-2.