Green’s Stung by Thistle

16-04-30 Thirds v Huntly (2-7) - 04

Jared Williams (far right partially obscured by #9) heads home Ngaruawahia’s opening goal.

Home side Huntly Thistle senior footballers had a convincing 7-2 win over visitors Ngaruawahia United’s 3rd team (The Green Machine) in the Waikato Division B competition on Saturday.

Huntly’s Dean Delaney slotted home four goals with Lale Stapleford, Robert Wills and Jayden Richards adding to the tally.
It was Ngaruawahia’s Jared Williams who was first on the scorecard with a fine header from a right wing cross. We looked the better side for the first 10 minutes or so before Huntly found weaknesses in our defense.
Huntly replied four times before the break to give themselves a comfortable buffer.
Three further goals to Thistle in the second half was briefly countered with a goal from our Evan Retter.
Stapleford had his hopes of a brace of goals snuffed out when his penalty was saved by Ngaruawahia keeper Darry Matthews.
Huntly currently sit second in the league, eight places above Ngaruawahia.
This weekend the Ngaruawahia Thirds are away to the Waikato Unicol Development team.

NRFL Men’s Reserves Knockout Competition . . .

The regulations regarding the Lotto NRFL Men’s Reserves Knockout Competition were released in February 2016 listed as the 4th Schedule in the Lotto NRFL Regulations.  Since the release, a change in the number of teams per division has taken place and requires an amendment to the structure of the competition.

2016 Competition Organisation

For 2016 the draw shall be as follows, subject to ground availability:

14-15th May – Preliminary round

  • Monday 6th June – Round 1
  • 25-26th June – Round 2
  • Week of 26-28th July – Semi-finals (or suitable alternative)
  • Sunday 17th September – Finals Day

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Cut Down at the Death . . .

16-04-25 Seniors v Papatoetoe (1-2) - 67_1

Keeper Zabir Azizi and midfielder Matt Sawyer (13) were unable to prevent Sandip Singh (10) from equalising.

Papatoetoe’s Imraan Shah scrubbed out all hopes of Ngaruawahia coming home with a result on ANZAC Monday when his 90th-minute strike gave the host club a 2-1 win in the Northern League Division 2 clash.
Ngaruawahia commenced the match without the services of Marcelo Sosa (visiting family overseas), Jarred Gemmell (in Stockholm at an international beer-pulling competition where he came second), Maxi’ Brindisi (injured) and Eric Rey (injured).
Magi Mas Manresa had put Narra ahead in the second half with a penalty, which only served to “agitate” Papatoetoe into a faster-paced mid-field game. Both teams had defended well with Narra not able to mount any threatening strikes and Papatoetoe guilty of squandering several well-worked opportunities.
Sandip Singh drew his side level in the latter half of the final 45 minutes with a cutting move that had him one-on-one with keeper Zabir, stabbing it past for the goal. It was a red card to Sean Sullivan shortly after for a second bookable offence that weakened the Narra defence, allowing the fatal strike by the reds in the final minute.
Seventh-placed Onehunga Mangere will be hosting Narra this weekend.
The Narra Reserves also went down 1-2 to their Papatoetoe counterparts after having lead 1-0 via Dadire Abdi’s first-half goal.