CUP DISAPPOINTMENT FOR WAIHOPAI...
Unfortunately a further run in the Chatham cup ended for Waihopai with a 3-1 defeat to Old Boys at Waverley Park on Monday.
A shaky start by Waihopai resulted in an early goal for the home side with Scott Mackenzie heading home a poorly conceded free kick, but some hard work by Waihopai allowed Craig Milne to capitalise on some scrappy defending to restore parity within ten minutes.
For the remainder of the half both sides battled hard but it was the home side who managed to scrape ahead through a carbon copy of their first goal. Another free kick was conceded, although Waihopai defender Jarrod Halder looked to clearly take the ball, and this time it was Danny Rossel who managed to get his head to it first despite the attempted punch clearance by Shane Harpur, giving the home side a 2-1 advantage just before the break.
The second half saw more attacking play by Waihopai and only the fingertips of Old Boys keeper Phil Grubb prevented Chris Jones drawing the visitors level.
Another attempt, this time through an excellent free kick from Dion Cameron, saw the Old Boys keeper called into action again, palming the ball over the bar for a corner. A few inches either side of the keeper, he may have struggled to keep the ball out of the net.
Waihopai continued to battle but it just didn't appear to be their day, with further attempts from Craig Milne and Brendon Lloyd going narrowly over and wide respectively.
However, despite the visitors pressure, it was Old Boys who extended their lead through George Hercus who took advantage of some space in the box to chip the ball over Shane Harper from a tight angle. With only minutes left on the clock, this sealed a tight 3-1 victory for the home side.
"It wasn't our day, but we need to move on now and put our focus back on the league and hopefully we can bounce back with a win against Southend on Saturday" Waihopai defender Dave Price said.