“This will be a rebuilding season for Ngaruawahia United Football Club with many new players to watch throughout the year.
“This year’s squad will have plenty of young guys itching to show their talent. I see this situation as a great opportunity for these young players to perform in a relatively high-level football competition. I am sure that they will make an impact, and what is more important they will learn how to compete in a high demanding and physical league. Continue reading The Magi Report . . .
Ngaruawahia has met Mangere United on 10 occasions since 2002, our Seniors winning 3 times and drawing once. Our Reserves have had just one win out of four encounters.
The last efforts were in 2011 when both teams were in NL Division 2. In our home game our Seniors had a 2-1 win (Sullivan, Kautai) followed by a 3-3 draw away (Kautai 2, Sosa). The Narra Reserves lost 1-2 at home (Brown) followed by a 3-1 win away (Salad, Ahmed 2).
On Saturday we host Mangere United at 12:30 (Reserves) and 2:45 (Seniors) on Centennial Park as the season opener. Last season Ngaruawahia finished bottom of the Premier League and was relegated while Mangere United was 7th in NL Division 1.
A President’s XI, rather than the Senior, side met Premier League side Western Springs on Saturday. With over half of the local Senior Squad unavailable members of the third side, along with the Reserves that were there, made up a “combined” team.
Springs netted two clinical goals in the first half for a 2-0 advantage, looking by far the better side. In the second spell Narra reorganised their structure and played in a much better manner, challenging the Springs defense far more than in the first 45 minutes.
Jarrod Tooley side-footed Narra’s first goal but Springs “sprung back” to go ahead 3-1 before Magi Mas Manresa was fed the perfect ball by DJ Lathan to double the score. Western Springs had the final say with a goal in their 4-2 win. The petulance shown by the Western Springs goalkeeper following each of Narra’s goals was interesting to watch.
The Narra management was more than pleased with the second-half efforts of their make-shift side. A further three goals could have been slotted home by the Green Machine but a little ineptness was their undoing.
The season kicks off at home against Mangere United this coming Saturday.