Meadowbank United wins again

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The Meadowbank first division men’s footballers are on a roll.

They followed their breakthrough win in the South Canterbury league with a 4-2 win over Roncalli-Thistle in the first round of the South Canterbury Cup last weekend.

Meadowbank started with a hiss and a roar, scoring two goals within the opening nine minutes.

Prolific forward Sullivan Martin scored the opening goal, and Daniel Brokenshire grabbed a cracking second.

Roncalli-Thistle pulled one back before Martin scored his second after 28 minutes, and Meadowbank took a 3-1 lead into halftime.

The Timaru club fired in its second goal, but Meadowbank’s Andy Lane sealed the victory with Meadowbank’s fourth in the 64th minute.

Meadowbank coach Keith Roach was impressed with the effort his players put into the game.

“Winning always helps with the confidence,” Roach said.

“We looked good – we looked like a first division team.”

Despite the team’s lift in form, here was always room for improvement, Roach said.

One of the main goals now was making sure the team kept its guard up at all times.

“We did knock the ball around and looked very good in possession. Unfortunately, we’re still not doing it for the full 90 minutes.

“But it was a good confidence booster. That’s two wins and a draw in the last three games, so things are on the up.”

It was not such a good weekend for the Meadowbank reserves, who had the difficult task of playing the Northern Hearts A team, and were thumped 10-0.

League action resumes this weekend. The Meadowbank first division men play Timaru Boys’ High School in Timaru, and the Meadowbank women host Pleasant Point in Oamaru. The men’s reserves have the bye.