Meadowbank victory seals semi-finals spot

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Meadowbank United’s run in the South Canterbury Cup continues after they emerged 5-2 victors over the Meadowbank Reserve side.

The South Canterbury Cup is a knockout-based tournament, with the winner progressing and the loser being eliminated.

The reserves opened the scoring through Logan van Rooy, before the seniors replied with a well-worked goal to Jai Narayan.

Meadowbank captain Simon Willetts was pleased to see his side progress.

“It always good winning, but it’s never quite the same when you are eliminating a fellow club team at the same time,” he said.

Willetts said his side played well, but there were things to work on ahead of next weekend.

“We played a lot better in the second half, but were were quite slow to get going and that could cost us one day.”

The match continued to be even throughout and Willetts was pleased it was 1-all at the break.

“We were starting to play well and our passes were finally sticking, but all credit to the reserve team. They were a fantastic opposition for us,” Willetts said.

Meadowbank came out after the break and scored four goals, three of which were to Matt Haywood, while Mitchell Greaney, who is usually part of the reserves squad, scored against his own team.

Willetts was pleased with the performance by some of his players on Saturday.

“Matt Haywood played well up front. It’s good to see him scoring goals, while Mike Seddon had a good game and was dangerous throughout.”

Next up for Meadowbank in the South Canterbury Cup semi-finals is Mountainview FC, who they beat once and lost to once during the club competition.

“It will be a good game. They can beat anyone on their day and with having beaten them once, it gives us confidence going into the match,” he said.

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY

PHOTO: BRAYDEN LINDSAY

BATTLE: Daniel Brockenshire (red and black) challenges Mike Seddon for the ball.