Three wins for Meadowbank sides

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Meadowbank United’s three sides all picked up well-earned wins in the second round of South Canterbury league matches on Saturday.
The senior men’s team clinched a 3-1 win over West End A, while the reserves got the better of West End’s reserves 5-4 in a high-scoring encounter.
The Meadowbank women continued their flying start to the competition with an 8-1 thrashing of Timaru Girls’ High School.
Matt Hayward bagged a brace of goals for the senior men, while James White also got his name on the scoresheet.
Coach Simon Willetts said he was delighted to open the season, after last week’s bye, with a win.
“I was quite happy with the result. The players worked really hard.
“We dominated most areas … especially attack, it was very good. The guys in the midfield worked really hard and they worked well with the defence as well.”Caitlan Lee (2), Shontelle Willetts and Amy Corry all scored for the women’s team but the big story was regular goalkeeper Maddy Poole, who showed her ability outside the box with a hat trick.
Another goal came via an own goal, after sustained defensive pressure by Alex Heaphy.
Meadowbank women’s coach Steve Couper said Timaru Girls’ gave his side a tougher match than expected, after the high school team was blown away 26-0 by Pleasant Point last week.
He said a string of injuries both before and during the game affected Meadowbank’s rhythm.
“This game highlighted what needs working on at practices, which are well-attended,” Couper said.
“Four key players were missing from this game too, including Rosie Pope, who is due back from her two weeks in the UK at the West Ham Academy in time for the next game against tougher opposition in Pleasant Point.”Meadowbank right back Elaine Speden was named player of the match for her calm defensive effort.
All three Meadowbank sides play away at Pleasant Point this week. The seniors and reserves are in action on Saturday and the women on Sunday.
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