Hibiscus Coast AFC received Greenhithe Catimba at Stanmore Bay Park in the opening round of Lotto NRFL Division 2 – the third tier of winter football season in New Zealand’s Northern Region.
Solomon Islands youngster Charles Mani came from the bench in the second half to make his official debut for his new club – “I came from the bench in the second half because I played an entire match for my school’s team […] I was a bit nervous but we managed to win. Coach Carl Jorgensen appreciated my performance,” he said.
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After a tough game in the first half Hibiscus managed to find the net for three times to seal a 3-0 win. Pheerawit Benjatikul scored a brace while Trent Mayes scored the other goal – “Supporters, management and sponsors are very happy and appreciated what my boys did today. It was a good start for us,” said Hibiscus’ head coach Carl Jorgensen.
The next challenge of Jorgensen’s team will be against Onehunga Mangere AFC at Mangere Domain while Greenhithe Catimba’s will visit Fencibles United at Riverhills Park. Both patches are going to take place on next Saturday.