Central Pirates picked up a win on the opening weekend of Marlborough men’s division one round two football action, the other top echelon match being drawn.
Pirates took honours in the Central club derby, beating Central Wolves 3-1 in a closely-fought encounter at Athletic Park.
Wolves started stronger, opening the scoring after 20 minutes through Steve McCaa, but Pirates stepped up their efforts from that point, levelling the scores by halftime.
Two more goals in the second spell ensured the victory as Pirates mixed good combination play with sound defence. Chris Turkington, Shane Evans and Michael Jay scored their goals, while Evans and Sam Boyce were singled out as Pirates’ players of the day.
Harrison Boyce and Aaron Vercoe were the pick of the bunch for Wolves.
The other division one match was also a derby clash, Blenheim Valley sides MBC and Cobras meeting at A and P Park.
The game ended 3-3, with fortunes ebbing and flowing.
After a first quarter of an hour dominated by Cobras, MBC hit a purple patch for 20 minutes, scoring their three goals consecutively. The first was a header from Jack Winstanley, the second a trademark chip from Shinji Mikame who found the back of the net soon after for his second and MBC’s third.
However, uncharacteristic MBC defensive errors allowed Cobras back into the game before halftime, attacking midfielder Hamish McNabb find the back of the net twice in quick succession to break his goal scoring hoodoo.
In the second half the game became very tight with several goals disallowed for offensive fouls and offsides by both sides. Cobras had a couple of near misses from Take Thu and Jack Procter until Jack Newell scored the equaliser. The last 15 minutes was frantic, both sides launching quick counterattacks only to be thwarted by great keeping.
Standout players for Cobras were Newell, Lincoln Elsworth, Procter and captain Hayden Giles.
Ryan Palmer and Patrick Moran were among MBC’s best.
Second division: Call Care Trojans 2 Clubs of Marlborough 2
Third division: Redwood Masters 5 Spartans 2
The BV Blenheim Bullets side scored a 2-0 win in their Nelson first division match against Golden Bay Falcons at Wakefield Domain on Saturday.
Bullets dominated the first half, holding around 90 percent of possession and territory. Despite numerous shots at goal from the BV forwards, neatly saved by the Golden Bay keeper, the match remained scoreless at half time.
The Bullets’ first goal came soon after the break, courtesy of Ruby Smith, while Ruby Wybourne double her side’s advantage at the 30 minute mark, producing a solid shot which slammed into the back of the net.
BV deserved their win, showing strength on the ball and accurate passing as the team gelled well together for their second victory of the season.
Player of day for BV was Ruby Smith who turned in a tireless effort, showing vision and determination on the ball.