Meadowbank got back on track in the South Canterbury premier men’s football competition with a gutsy 1-0 win over Geraldine at the weekend.
It was a good weekend overall for the Oamaru club, which also posted wins in the men’s second division and women’s leagues.
Meadowbank men’s coach Keith Roach was pleased with his side’s response to a heavy loss the previous week.
“I was very pleased about the way we rebounded from the disastrous week before.”
For the majority of the first half, the teams were knocking the ball from one end of the field to the other and neither looked particularly close to scoring a goal.
That changed just before halftime when Andy Lane pounced on an opporunity.
Lane saw an opening and buried the ball in the net from outside the box.
That gave Meadowbank the confidence to control the rest of the game, and while Geraldine tried hard to find an equaliser, the home team fought to the finish to claim all three points.
Roach was impressed with the effort and teamwork his team displayed.
“I asked for 100% effort, and I’m pleased to say they did that,” he said.
Roach highlighted Meadowbank’s Marty Bell for an excellent performance.
Lane, Meadowbank’s acting captain, was pleased the team worked hard to get a result.
“As a team, we played well, worked for each other and helped each other,” Lane said.
“Hopefully we will have an improved run for the remainder of the season.”
The Meadowbank men’s reserves were also smiling after beating Geraldine 4-2, with players Karl Burke, Karl Pries and Dan Turbucz scoring for the team.
And, completing a nice treble, the Meadowbank women beat Roncalli-Thistle 4-2.
Regular scorer Caitlan Lee gave Meadowbank a fine start with two early goals, but the visiting side pulled it back to 2-2.
Rea Wiebus gave Meadowbank a 3-2 halftime lead with a goal from a free kick, and Lee completed her hat trick in the second half following some nice set-up play from Aysnley Martin.