Meadowbank toppled in final

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Meadowbank United contested the final of the South Canterbury Cup but were unable to claim victory, losing 4-2 to an unbeaten Northern Hearts A in Timaru.

The Bank went into the contest full of confidence following their strong recent performances and with a game plan they felt could cause the upset.

Meadowbank captain Simon Willetts said he was proud of his side, despite the defeat.

“We played really well. I’m happy with the effort everyone put in and it was pleasing to have made a final, even though we couldn’t get the victory,” he said.

Northern Hearts A started promisingly and scored the first two goals of the game, but Meadowbank replied soon after, with Matt Haywood finishing from a neatly-taken corner.

Willetts was pleased with the way his side took the game to the Hearts.

“I enjoyed the way we played. We found plenty of space in behind their defence but we were just unable to finish. It’s pleasing to see we can create chances to score from.”

Going into the shed 2-1 down at half-time, Willetts said his team were confident they could get the desired result.

“We were really confident at half-time and knew our game plan could unsettle them.”

Meadowbank came out strong in the second half but Hearts found the net again, however in-form striker Michael Stevens offered his side a lifeline to make it 3-2.

In an attempt to try and take the game to extra time, Willetts brought most of his men forward, but Hearts hit Bank on the counter-attack to take the 4-2 win.

“Everyone played well. It was a great team effort. Everybody stood up and tried their best and I’m really happy with how we went,” said Willetts.

Meanwhile, the Meadowbank under-18 side lost their final 2-0, while the under-14 team won their championship.

Willetts said it was pleasing to have more than one team from Oamaru involved in finals day.

PHOTO: SUPPLIED – Darrell White looks to make a tackle on Saturday.