2014 Winter Season: Week 4

  28 April 2014   Jeff Bell   Club News
2014 Winter Season: Week 4

Thankfully the weather gods were merciful this week letting us get a full round of senior football in. As the school holidays are in full swing there was no junior football this weekend.


Central League

What else can we say? What a horrible start to the game. Dan Clarke was called into action several times inside the first 10 minutes as Palmerston North Marist looked to get their season back on track after a hard first 3 weeks. An under-hit pass in our defensive line gave Marist their dream start as the loose ball was pounced on and promptly slotted into the top right corner. The pressure continued as Petone struggled to get any momentum. Palmy made a sharp run into our box only for their striker to be tripped resulting in a penalty. Dan was left helpless to stop it as the ball was driven into the roof of the net. As the boys in blue started to fight their way back into the match they were dealt another blow with Marist midfielder, Michael Sheridan scoring an absolute screamer from 30 yards out. The ball dipped and swerved away into the bottom right corner giving Palmerston North Marist an intimidating 3-0 half time lead.


A couple of changes at the break and a change in formation seemed to bring some more cohesion and possession in the middle of the park. At the 60 minute mark Benn Dawson was pulled down in the box with the referee left with no choice but to point to the spot. Paul Whitmarsh stepped up and slotted the penalty kick providing a faint glimmer of hope for Petone. Six minutes later and it looked like a comeback was not out of the question. Michael Pickering sending a free kick across the box to find young Logan Archer lurking unmarked at the back post. Logan heading the ball home for his first goal for Grant Plumbing Petone. A nervy last 10 minutes ensued as both teams threatened, Petone having the best of the chances with a last ditch header off the line keeping Marist in the lead. There was no miracle comeback this week but a valiant second half leaving us with a more respectable 3-2 loss.


Capital Premier

It was a more successful encounter for Grant Plumbing Petone B. Coming up against a Stop Out team that were talked up as preseason favourites to take top spot. Our reserves looked sharp from the start and threatened to score early. Striker Sean Clarke delivering on the promising start after just 12 minutes, stretching out to get a toe on it, the ball went sailing over the keeper and into the net. Against the run of play, Stop Out grabbed an equaliser after half an hour. A couple of solid chances went astray but a relieved crowd were on their feet after Morgan Blair put a low ball across the face of goal for Sean to claim the tap in.


There was no change to the score in the second half with Petone again looking like the stronger of the teams. A much deserved win after some tough games at the start of the season.


Men's Football

The good results continued down through the grades with a number of Petone teams picking up good results.


In Capital 3, the Petone Third Team had a solid 5-0 win over North Wellington in the early game at Alex Moore. The good news doesn't stop there, the Armanis who have had a shocker start to the season picked up both their first goal of the season and their first win. Coming away 3-2 winners over Greytown.


In Capital 8, the Chuggers came back with a late equaliser to snatch a 1-all draw with Seatoun. The Stonecutters also featuring with a 4-0 win over Brooklyn Northern Utd at Happy Valley.


Masters 3 saw the Left Over Stew pick up a 2 nil win over Waterside Karori. Also in Masters 3, the Mighty Masters shared the spoils with a 3-all draw against North Wellington.


Women's Football

Petone Pure, in Women's 1, continued their good start to the season remaining unbeaten after 4 rounds. They picked up a 2-1 win over Stop Out in a less than spectacular match. Jade Morrissey and Sarah Duffin featuring on the scoresheet yet again.


Things didn't go quite so well in Women's 3. After a good start to the season with 2 wins and a narrow loss, the Paulers were always going to be up against it against an in form Wairarapa United featuring former Football Fern, Michele Clarke. Despite playing good football for the entire match and never giving up the girls suffered a 15-0 loss.