Meadowbank men break drought

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After weeks of consecutive losses, the Meadowbank men’s first division football team has finally tasted victory.

After a 4-4 deadlock against Timaru City in the South Canterbury bowl competition at the weekend, Meadowbank held its nerve to win 4-2 in a penalty shootout.

Meadowbank had a poor and slow start to the game.

It did not take long before the opposition noticed the team’s flaws and scored two goals against it.

Keith Roach

Soon after the wake-up call, the team’s spirit improved, and Meadowbank player Matt Haywood managed to score the team’s first goal 38 minutes into the game.

Determined to win, Meadowbank created a few good chances moments after kick-off in the second half, but it was only in the 74th minute that Meadowbank stalwart Darrell White managed to score the team’s second goal.

Timaru City managed to create a few of its own chances and scored a goal 87 minutes into the game.

With the team’s spirits still high, Haywood scored another goal mere minutes after the opposition scored.

Extra time was added and at 116 minutes, Meadowbank machine Daniel Brokenshire scored a goal to make the score 4-3.

With only one minute left, Timaru City scored, levelling the field.

With sudden death now imminent, Meadowbank players Andy Lane, Brokenshire, Sam Bastin, Jeremy Ferguson and coach Keith Roach stepped on to the field for a penalty shootout.

Lane, Brokenshire, Bastin and Roach scored, bringing the final result to 4-2.

Roach was pleased with how the game played out.

“We made hard work of it but, thankfully, we got there in the end.”

Brokenshire was Roach’s man of the match for his hard work on the field.

“Daniel played really well – it was probably his best performance all season,” he said.

“He worked his socks off, so he did very well.”

The men will now play off against Geraldine in the bowl competition final.

Roach said the team would now focus on its training in the lead-up to that game.

“It’ll be an even game – there won’t be any pushovers,” he said.

“With the right attitude, we can certainly roll them.”

Unfortunately, the Meadowbank women did not have quite the same luck as the men, losing 5-1 to West End in the women’s South Canterbury Cup competition.

With some of the regular players away, the team struggled to find attacking opportunities.

Meadowbank captain Kayleigh Holmes was impressed with the team’s efforts.

“The ladies did well to keep going and going until the end,” she said.

“Unfortunately, it just didn’t go our way.”