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Southern United Football Club
Canterbury United
A Hewson (6', 34')
Full time
Sat 15 Dec 13:00 - League

Southern lead twice, but must settle for draw

Ahead of last game of season, Southern had to win if they were to have a chance of winning title, but Canterbury strike back twice to make it 2-2

Four teams were still in contention to claim the title ahead of the last game of the 2018 National Youth League season. Both Auckland City and Waitakere United were at 16 points, with your Southern United and Eastern Suburbs trailing one point behind.

City signed off on the season in fitting fashion by putting five unanswered goals past Tasman, who picked up the wooden spoon as the only side not to win a match. Maro Bonsu-Maro led the way with a remarkable four-goal haul while Bradley Wilson also got on the scoresheet.

That meant Waitakere then needed a seven-goal victory over Hamilton Wanderers to snatch the title away from the Junior Navy Blues and they did manage a win but couldn’t quite do enough. A double from Troy Christophers and further strikes to Jake Mechell, Tafara Chawira and Matt Wood gave them five goals but they also conceded three to Wanderers, for whom Hiroki Toyokawa, Bayley Foster and John Clout were all on target.

Effectively, reigning champions Auckland City successfully defended their National Youth League title.

Eastern Suburbs and Southern United both also went into the final week with some hope of claiming the title but only Suburbs could hold up their end of the bargain with a narrow 1-0 win over Hawke’s Bay United. They had to wait a long time to earn the three points, Jayden Bos finally supplying the winner with only a few minutes remaining.

Southern were meanwhile held to a 2-2 draw in a South Island derby against Canterbury United after failing to hang on to their half-time lead. Southern’s Adam Hewson had scored either side of a Conor Clarke strike for Canterbury, who then equalised again in the second half through Declan Hickford.

It's been a very encouraging season for the youth team, as they fell only three points short of Auckland City. With a well-balanced age profile in the squad, showing to a great blend of players from all age groups (15-19), and a broad deployment of players from the whole squad, these are exciting times ahead for the the club. Moreover, youth team captain Rory Findlay was moved up to the senior team and has started the last five games at left-back, and Stewart Catto, Alex Cox, Joe Carvell, Adam Hewson, and Ben Deeley have all been involved to various degrees.

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Key moments

6:00
Goal Adam Hewson scores for Southern United Football Club
34:00
Goal Adam Hewson scores for Southern United Football Club

Highlights

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90:00 Yellow Card
Johnny Woodall is yellow carded for Southern United Football Club
85:00 Sub Off
Matt Milton is substituted off for Southern United Football Club
85:00 Sub On
Johnny Woodall is substituted on for Southern United Football Club
74:00 Sub Off
Shay Thom is substituted off for Southern United Football Club
74:00 Sub On
George Bates is substituted on for Southern United Football Club
72:00 Yellow Card
Luke McKay is yellow carded for Southern United Football Club
69:00 Sub Off
Cam Anderson is substituted off for Southern United Football Club
69:00 Sub On
Victor Pekkari is substituted on for Southern United Football Club
63:00 Yellow Card
Joseph Carvell is yellow carded for Southern United Football Club
63:00 Sub Off
Ben Deeley is substituted off for Southern United Football Club
63:00 Sub On
Charlie Gruppelear is substituted on for Southern United Football Club
End of period 1
34:00 Goal 2 - 0
Adam Hewson scores for Southern United Football Club
6:00 Goal 1 - 0
Adam Hewson scores for Southern United Football Club
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As it happened

  • Southern United Football Club
  • Canterbury United
  • 0
  • Adam Hewson Goal 6:00'
  • Adam Hewson Goal 34:00'
  • Joseph Carvell Yellow Card 63:00'
  • Ben Deeley Sub Off 63:00'
  • Charlie Gruppelear Sub On 63:00'
  • Cam Anderson Sub Off 69:00'
  • Victor Pekkari Sub On 69:00'
  • Luke McKay Yellow Card 72:00'
  • Shay Thom Sub Off 74:00'
  • George Bates Sub On 74:00'
  • Matt Milton Sub Off 85:00'
  • Johnny Woodall Sub On 85:00'
  • Johnny Woodall Yellow Card 90:00'

Team selection

Catto, Stewart Catto, Stewart
Collings, Jed Collings, Jed
Cox, Alex Cox, Alex
Thom, Shay Thom, Shay
O'Farrell, Tim O'Farrell, Tim
Deeley, Ben Deeley, Ben
Anderson, Cam Anderson, Cam
McKay, Luke McKay, Luke
Carvell, Joseph Carvell, Joseph
Hewson, Adam Hewson, Adam
Milton, Matt Milton, Matt

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