Pukekohe AFC— 7 July 2018

Pukekohe AFC Men’s first team’s season continued on Saturday as they welcomed high-flying Western Springs to Bledisloe Park. The game started very evenly with both sides sharing the possession and trying to settle into the game.

Pukekohe created a couple of half chances to open the scoring before a smart break away from Western Springs saw their striker brought down in the box which resulted in an easy decision for the referee to give a penalty kick. Up stepped the dangerous Western Springs striker who placed his shot low into the bottom left corner only to see Pukekohe’s goalkeeper, Derek Woodworth, read the shot brilliantly and push the ball to safety.

The game continued to be an even contest following the penalty save with both sides creating chances. Western Springs did eventually take the lead, slightly against the run of play, to ensure they went in ahead at half time. Pukekohe regrouped well at the break and continued to assert themselves on the game, however, Western Springs always posed a threat on the break and doubled their lead with a well taken finish mid-way through the second half. Pukekohe continued to press for a goal, their performance deserved, and a minute from time a well struck free kick from Ted Kim could only be parried by the Western Springs goalkeeper and the ball was tapped in by promising young forward, Justin Dolores.

The match finished 2-1 to Western Springs but Pukekohe can be proud of the effort and commitment they put into the game. The Floorwise player of the day went to Jonathan Keen for an assured performance at centre back. Other results: Pukekohe Reserves 4, Ellerslie 0. Goal scorers: Aydan Polkinghorne, Cam Nicolle, Nathan Ives and Zac Ruyg.

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