The weekend of football in ISPS Handa Premiership was more than lively: 25 goals in five matches entartained the fans all over New Zealand with the best of the football in the country. Auckland City remains on top with a hard-fought win over Tasman United while Team Wellington recovered from past defeats with a home win against Canterbury United.
The first match of the round saw the biggest amount of goals in a same game in the matchweek; Southern United travelled to Auckland to trash Waitakere United. Waitak was the 2nd best placed in the standings before suffering their first defeat of the season. The Dunedin-based club counted with a perfect game of their key man Joel Stevens – the talented winger scored a hattrick for his side, with the Irish striker Garbhan Coughlan adding another to his tally, his fourth in the campaign. Despite the amazing game of Stevens, the spotlight at the end of the game was at Cameron McKenzie, his teammate, after the midfielder scored from the half of the match lobbing the opposition goalkeeper. Waitakere scored two goals to cut the deficit with the late effort of Jack Duncan and an own goal.
Sunday was full of football in New Zealand top-tier with three games played. Hawke’s Bay United expected to keep their good run in the league with a home win over current title holders Eastern Suburbs, but a late Christian Gray equalizer the denied the HBU win.
Despite suffering the first goals through Stephen Hoyle’s brace, the home side could comeback to a 3-2 magnificent comeback with the brace of Ahinga Selemani and a goal scored by the youngster Jorge Akers.
The nightmare start of season of Hamilton Wanderers continue: the bad moment seemed to finally have an end after the German import Thilo Wilke and Derek Tieku scored two for Wanderers in the first ten minutes of the game. Playing at home ground against Wellington Phoenix Reserves a win seemed almost guaranteed at that moment – the final outcome was pretty different.
Ahmed Othman and Sam Sutton equalized the game still in the first half; the same Othman found the nets at the 56th minute of play and Stephen Sprowson gave finals numbers to the scoreline at the 80th minute. A non inspired Tommy Semmy that came from the bench still in the first half could not help Wanderers to recover in the competition and now sees his side at the bottom of the ladder. This was the first victory of Wellington Phoenix Reserves in the competition.
Team Wellington finally found their second win in the league after beating at David Farrington Park the Christchurch side of Canterbury United Dragons. The Scottish import of the Christchurch-based site Callum Ferguson found the next at the 22th minute to put the visitors upfront.
Team Wellington was resilient enough to level the match just two minutes after suffering the opener with the first goal of the season of the talented Jack-Henry Sinclair. Still in the first half the North-Irish full back Rory McKeown put the team from New Zealand capital city ahead – this would be the final goal of the encounter.
Myer Bevan continued his goalscoring run for the fifth match in a row after scoring through a penalty kick for Auckland City FC. Bevan has now eight goals in the season. Cameron Howieson scored another for the Navy Blues as the team won Tasman United by 2-1.
Jama Boss reduced the margin for the Nelson-based side with a sharp shot in the edge of the box. This goal was the first scored by Boss, the most important signing of the season for Tasman that improved a lot their game since their previous game, when the team coached by Jess Ibrom scored their first three points in the league with a win against Team Wellington.
With the win Auckland City increased their lead for a four points difference from the second placed side. To see full standings of the league after the fifth matchweek click here.
Myer Bevan continues as the top goalscorer of the league so far with eight goals, being chased now by Southern United star Joel Stevens that scored already six in the run after a brilliant hattrick this weekend.