DAKOTA SHOOTS MAGS TO THE TOP
Lucas first-half hat trick was the feature of this
top-of-the-table clash today at Alberton Avenue. Lucas
produced two amazing solo runs in the 4th and 8th minute that
completely bamboozled the King's College defenders and
goal-keeper Stefan Marinovich. His third came in the 28th
minute after a neat one-two with fellow striker Mark Withers.
Withers himself added the third rising to a left-wing cross.
MAGS went into the interval four goals ahead.
After half-time, the pace and quality dropped, no doubt because of the Chatham Cup tie to be played the next day at Western Springs.
Two players, Hayden Porter and Dakota Lucas, made way for Ryan Elder and Karlo Pavic at half-time. The substitutions did not affect the flow too much and three more goals were added in the second spell. The first in the 63rd minute was awarded to centre back Adam Cowen as he glanced home a curling Zane Sole free kick.
Goalkeeper Patrick George supplied the second, as his quick thinking led to Mark Withers running onto one of his massive drop kicks. The final goal was again from set play, this time big Adam Cowen rose at the back post to turn provider. His far post header set up Karlo Pavic to ram home his team's seventh goal.
MAGS coach Kevin Fallon said he had one eye on tomorrow's game and therefore took the opportunity to play three substitutions. His man of the match selection was a player who only played half a game but had had such an influence on the outcome. That was Dakota Lucas.
King's coach Michael Stewart disappointedly stated, "We came here top of the league and really thought we could test MAGS today. To be honest, we were humbled. MAGS have a very talented team. We only had a couple of attacks and we never got support on our striker Nicolai Molijn."
Final result MAGS 7 Kings College 0
Team: : George, Porter, Cowen, Raj(c) Parmenter, Killip, Sole, Mesias, Te Anau, Lucas and Withers.
Elder for Porter 46th minute
Pavic for Lucas 46th minute
Boss for Mesias 68th minute
Lucas 3, Withers 2, Cowen, Pavic.
Man of the Match: Dakota Lucas
Referee: Mr Glen Williams