The Bay SportsMed WaiBOP United Youth Team has beaten Heartland Wairarapa under the sun at the Matamata Domain to emphatically snap a frustrating three match losing streak. We put in a largely fluent performance against willing opposition.
As in recent weeks, we created a host of chances, but this time enough of them went in to ensure the pressure stayed off. The start of the match, however, was disconcertingly familiar, with a couple of gilt edged chances missed before the visitors were awarded a penalty. Keeper Ryan Watson, in for his first start, dove to his right to make the save and put down a marker for the rest of the match.
Dylan Bull opened the scoring after a smart piece of work on the half hour. A free kick awarded outside the box was taken quickly, chipped to Bull, who took a touch then calmly lifted it over the keeper for 1-0. That’s how it stayed until the break.
The decisive second goal came five minutes into the second half from captain, Reid Drake. His left foot chip from distance over a stranded keeper settled the side and allowed us to confidently play out the remainder of the match. Drake tucked away his second and the third of the game just before the hour mark.
The visitors had one foray of note midway through the half when a lob from distance bounced away off the cross bar, but substitute Jono Viviani put the game to bed with our fourth goal a little over fifteen minutes from the end.
Wairarapa grabbed their consolation right on full time when Watson hauled down one of their attackers, but couldn’t repeat his earlier heroics from 12 yards.
Assistant Coach Paul Probert, taking charge in the absence of Paul Drake who was away with the first team, was pleased with the performance and delighted with the result. “The boys played well today, particularly during the second half, and we got what we deserved,” he said after the match. “It’s been a tough, unlucky few weeks for us, so hopefully this gets us back on track to finish the season well.”
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