Trentham United – 3, Porirua Battlers FC – 0
Fraser Park, Wellington, June 3 2018
Veteran side Trentham United pulled off a 3-0 victory over old rivals Porirua Battlers FC in their Wellington Sunday Football League Division Four clash at Fraser Park in Lower Hutt.
Trentham scored early in the match through the energetic Jordan Hyde, who was able to use his pace to break through the Porirua defence for his first goal. The rest of the first half was closely fought. Porirua did create some chances through attacks up the left wing and a nicely struck free kick that landed at a striker’s feet in front of the goal, but the team was unable to capitalise and the half ended 1-0.
The second half kicked off with a flurry of opportunities. Trentham forward Bas Jeffrey found successive chances to strike, outmuscling Porirua’s towering defensive line to shoot just wide of the goal, and clearing the crossbar with a near miss on the breakaway minutes later.
Porirua fought back at the other end of the pitch, raising the intensity with shots that required the keeper’s attention. A Trentham player had to leave the field after catching a stray elbow to the throat. His replacement Joe Tweed took the ball up the right wing, drawing multiple Porirua defenders before setting Hyde up for his second goal to make the score 2-0.
Porirua intensified their fightback again, and a breakaway nearly put them on the board as Ray Horne powered his way directly through the centre of Trentham’s defensive line. His shot was deflected by a diving save from keeper Keith Hamilton and cleared by the defence.
Hyde appeared all over the park for Trentham, putting pressure on the defenders and often requiring three defenders to shut down. He made several attempts at goal, and broke through the centre defence to score his third goal of the day – a hat-trick.
Jeffrey showed spirit in his continued attempts to score. He often found space by breaking through the Porirua defence to go one-one-one with the keeper or received the ball when unmarked to shoot at goal, but never found the back of the net.
Porirua unleashed a barrage of shots late in the half, forcing Hamilton to make seven saves in the last ten minutes. Luckily for him, most of the shots were aimed at his chest, and the match finished 3-0.
Trentham team manager Aaron ‘AJ’ Wall described the match as “a good day at the office”.
“It’s good to be winning again. In the past few weeks we’ve had to chase the young fellas all over the field. This week was preferable.”
Porirua player Marty Kenny said the match had been closer than the score implied.
“It’s a bit frustrating. We had plenty of chances out there, but none were completed.”
His teammate Shawn Kennedy said it had been a fun game nevertheless, with chances for both teams and exciting saves from both goalkeepers.
Trentham United and Porirua Battlers FC are two of the longest standing teams in the Wellington Sunday Football League. Both teams were founded around 1998 and some members of the original Trentham line-up are still playing.
Wall said the matchup was “an old rivalry”, and while Porirua once had the ascendancy, Trentham currently had the upper hand.
In other Wellington Sunday Football League action, top-placed Sudakas FC held off Division One rivals North Wellington with a 3-2 win.
V-Well and Zazaspor played a firecracker match at Wellington College which was clinched 3-2 by Zazsapor. While Zazaspor came out on top, V-well played an exciting and competitive game with speed and precise ball control. Several incisive runs from V-Well threatened the goal in the final minutes, and a penalty shot was saved by the keeper as awe-struck spectators looked on.
Valley FC Trust achieved a blowout 7-0 win over Inter Galactic FC, while HHH United is finding its feet in Division Two, beating Los Blazeros 2-0.
Ball Tamperers held top spot in Division Three, beating nearest rivals Westwood United 2-5, while Wellington Chinese United held off Pirates FC in Division Four to win 1-0.
A record 37 teams are competing in this year’s Wellington Sunday Football League, a community based 11-a-side league that was founded over 40 years ago and is growing year-on-year. A full table of results and fixtures can be found at https://tinyurl.com/WSFL2018.
Next week’s action
Next week will see Sudakas FC trying to get their eighth straight win in Division One in a faceoff with second-placed Sunday Blazers. Tuskan Raiders vs Lazy 11 will be another match to watch, particularly for Lokomotiv Beer Quarter, who will be looking to launch a comeback after a slow start to the season.
In Division Two, Valley FC Trust will take on recently relegated HHH United, who will be looking to make their mark. V-Well will be looking for a win against Inter Galactic FC, while freshly promoted Battlers FC will take on Four Four Two.
Division Three will see Sharks FC tackle Westwood United, while the recently promoted Expected Tolouse will take on a wily and well-established Shamrocks side. In Division Four, Trentham United will test their skills against Wellington Chinese United.
The Cup is coming
The Wellington Sunday Football League Cup is coming up soon, with teams registering their interest this week to be included.
This year will see a format change due to increasing team numbers, with two separate competitions, the Cup and the Plate. Division One teams have automatic entry to the Cup, while lower divisions may wish to just enter the Plate.
To enter the Cup, teams must register their interest with Tony Morrison at Tony@sportzone.co.nz by 6 June.
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