Christchurch United visited bottom-placed Western AFC at Walter Park in the fifteenth matchweek of 2020 Mainland Premier League – one of the football leagues from New Zealand winter season – on this Saturday.
Despite playing at home, Western AFC were not the favourites to win. The team coached by Kelly Jarden won only one match in the current season – a 2-1 win over Selwyn United three weeks ago. Christchurch United took advantage of Western’s fragility to score many goals.
Max Chrétien was surely the best player in the contest as he scored four goals for his side. However the most celebrated moment of this match took place in the second half when Tongan youngster Kina Likiliki scored his first goal for Christchurch United’s main team.
The 20-year-old forward came from the bench in the 50th minute and ten minutes later he received a long pass and he had the composture to beat the goalkeeper before pushing the ball into the net: “It was amazing. I remember just coming to the game visualizing myself scoring […] but the best is yet to come as I am working hard to improve more and more,” revealed Likiliki after the match.
Christchurch United are in the sixth position in the Mainland Premier League with eighteen points in fifteen matches while Western United remain in the last position with four points. You can check all results from Mainland Premier League by clicking here.