MAGS CRUISE INTO SEMI-FINAL
quagmire of a surface at Alberton Avenue MAGS controlled this
quarter-final tie from start to finish.
For referee Stephanie Brown the biggest decision of the day was whether to play the game. Once the game got going, it became a matter of time before St Peter's would capitulate.
It took 31 minutes for MAGS to turn their ball possession superiority to becoming superior on the score sheet. Mark Withers was dragged down from the back and from the Zane Sole free kick he followed up to lash the ball past Jonathan Ross in the St Peter's goal. It was no more than MAGS deserved. Their frequent raids had been thwarted by Ross and big Parusi Lemalu. Pomare Te Anau was the main threat to St Peter's, assisted by Skye Parmenter down the left-hand side. After this goal MAGS were rampant, dragging the St Peter's team from side to side. Dakota Lucas had the best opportunity to add to the lead but his effort was well saved by Ross in the St Peters goal.
Half-time: MAGS 1 St Peters 0
No changes were made by either coach at half time. Lucas once again blew a excellent one versus one opportunity, with goalkeeper Ross again diving bravely to smother his shot in the 41st minute. In a similar situation one minute later, Lucas shot and Ross parried, but that man Withers was there once again to guide the ball home. 2-0 to MAGS.
St Peter's then had two scoring opportunities at the other end of the park, but big striker Rory Kelly wasted both, hitting the side netting on one after a sloppy bit of defending by skipper Jonathan Raj and on the other blasting over the bar as he raced away from stopper Adam Cowen.
It was to be their only chances. MAGS added to their tally with a Pomare Te Anau left-wing corner that Cowen headed home in the 70th minute . The final goal came from set play in the 73rd minute. Zane Sole topped off a fine performance with a curling free kick over the top of the wall 4-0 to MAGS.
After the game Brett McMurdoch disappointedly said "I thought we would come here today and get much closer to you. But it was not to be."
MAGS coach Kevin Fallon was more buoyant " That was our first run out for a month. We looked like we wanted to play and today showed the value of set play."
Final result: MAGS 4 St Peters 0
Team: George, Elder, Raj(c) Cowen, Parmenter, Killip, Sole, Mesias, Te Anau, Lucas, Withers.
Pavic for Withers 74 minute, Porter for Parmenter 74 minute and Boss for Lucas 75th minute.
Withers 2, Cowan and Sole
Referee Stephanie Brown.
Cautions Jade Mesias
Man of the Match Zane Sole