The fans of football in New Zealand are more than satisfied with the offensive power shown by all clubs in action in the weekend of football in the ISPS Handa Premiership, the top-tier league of New Zealand. 15 goals were scored in the three matches played – resulting in a fantastic average of 5 goals scored per game.
The first match of the weekend took place at Bluewater Stadium, Napier where the hosts Hawke’s Bay United faced Southern United – and the team coached by Chris Greatholder will want to forget rapidly what happened in their own stadium.
The tall striker Ihaia Delaney scored in the 5th minute of play to put the home side upfront; the equalizer came throught the efforts of the Irish striker Garbhan Coughlan already in the final stages of the first half. But the 1-1 was not the scoreline at the break: the Japanese midfielder Sho Goto scored at the 45th minute to keep HBU upfront at half time.
Just after three minutes into the second half, the talented forward Cody Brook scored the second for the visitors to level the match again. But for the joy of the home fans, the same Sho Goto scored another goal to put Hawke’s Bay upfront at the 54th minute.
But then the nightmare started for Hawke’s Bay: Garbhan Coughlan scored at the 65th minute to equalize and at the 78th minute the forward Adam Hewson scored the fourth and final goal of the encounter to give three valuable points for Southern in the standings.
Waitakere is back to the winning ways after beating Hamilton Wanderers at Seddon Fields, in Auckland. The team coached by Paul Hobson had a fantastic start to pull ahead with a goal coming from Dane Schnell at tthe 4th of the clash.
Still in the first half, Alex Connor-McClean scored another to double the lead for the home side. To give final numbers to the scoreline, the same Dane Schnell stepped up to score his 9th goal of the season – a fantastic season so far for the young talented midfielder.
The win gives puts Waitakere United in the 3rd place in the process, four points away the 4th placed side so far in the standings Eastern Suburubs. Hamilton Wanderers continue to battle for a spot, having the same 19 points of Eastern Suburbs, Tasman and Southern in the process.
The powerhouse Team Wellington had no difficulties to surpass Eastern Suburbs at David Farrington Park. Despite suffering an early from Kingsley Sinclair, TeeDubs shown a lot of quality still in the first half to bounce back in the game.
Andy Bevan, the Portuguese striker João Moreira and the North-Irish full-back Rory McKeown scored one goal each to give Team Wellington the lead at the break over Eastern Suburbs by 3-1.
In the second half, the current 2nd placed side in the process scored another throught the efforts of Rory McKeown to seal an impressive 4-1 victory over the current title holders of the national league. The win confirmed a spot for Team Wellington in the semifinals of the ISPS Handa Premiership 2019/20 edition.
To check the full standings, results and the updated goalscorers of the season so far, visit our session of the ISPS Handa Premiership.