Meadowbank United’s season has ended on a high, downing Temuka 2-1 in the South Canterbury Plate final at Sir Basil Arthur Park on Saturday.
Bank was the favourite heading into the tie against its division two opponents but after a promising opening 10 minutes, the team found itself pinned back in its own half.
Meadowbank continued to soak up Temuka’s pressure and force its way forward, culminating in the opening goal.
Reece Curle took advantage of Temuka’s lackluster efforts in clearing its lines from Kieth Roach’s corner to thrash the ball past the goalkeeper and take a 1-0 lead into the break.
Temuka returned with the same confidence shown in the first half, with some good possession play which eventually paid off, with a deflected effort that fizzled passed goalkeeper Gordon Upston.
Both teams continued to cancel each other out for a 1-1 stalemate after 90 minutes, taking the encounter into extra time, where striker Andy Lane thrashed an effort past the goalkeeper, forcing Temuka’s centreback to claw the ball off the line in a last act of desperation.
Bank was awarded a penalty in which veteran Lane confidently thumped home for the victory.
“We started well. For the first 10 minutes we had them camped in their own half, but I think we went off the boil,” said Meadowbank coach Phil Collings.
“We couldn’t get that continuous domination, and were a little flat at times, but Reece (Curle) took his chance well.
“Once they scored, I think it got their tails up a bit but we created some chances late on in the second half but didn’t put them away.
“The guys all did really well. They battled hard and some guys came in. Young James Hobbs came on and did really well and Ariel (Costanzo) went into an unfamiliar role at right back when Darrell (White’s) ankle went.”