It was a game not to be missed as the Tuakau Wanderers took on Pukekohe AFC at Bledisloe Park on Saturday afternoon.
To make the game even more interesting, Tuakau were playing against former players, who transferred to Pukekohe after last season. Right from kick off, both teams were hungry for a win. However, referee Dylan Moxon, wasn’t going to let the Franklin teams get away with over-the-top behaviour.
He handed out a couple of yellows during the match before a Tuakau defender was shown a red card, in the last five minutes of the second half, for an unreasonable tackle.
With both teams giving so much in the first half, it was inevitable that they began to run out of steam in the last 20 minutes of the match. Pukekohe only just managed to keep Tuakau at bay in the second half, with their goalie working over time to prevent Tuakau’s strikers from scoring.
Pukekohe managed to sneak in a great goal, before a penalty just inside the goal box in the last five minutes saw them take a two point lead. With a man down, Tuakau tried their best equalise, but Pukekohe took home the 5-3 win.
The game against Pukekohe had extra meaning to the Tuakau Wanderers, as Saturday marked 100 days since their fellow team mate, Jimmy Sparx, passed away on the pitch.
While the lads were disappointed that they didn’t bring the win home for Jimmy, they played their hearts out to the end, which was a fitting tribute to their fellow team member.