IT'S MAGS IN A CLIFF HANGER.
A last-minute Dakota Lucas touch of class sealed a 3-2 win for Mount Albert Grammar School at Alberton Avenue this afternoon.
MAGS opened the scoring in the eighth minute from a well-executed corner that resulted in Conrad Poi nodding home at the near post. At this stage of the contest, it looked like how many MAGS would score with Lucas and Te Anau proving to be a handful down the flanks. Despite the MAGS pressure they survived and went in at the interval only a goal down.
It was a half where MAGS had a number of opportunities to secure the win, but Westlake doggedly stayed within reach with the odd attack themselves, getting in behind the MAGS back four with direct balls over the top.
In the 45th minute MAGS appealed for what looked like a certain penalty kick. A Westlake defender deliberately handled the ball in the penalty area. Referee Pat Barratt overruled the protesting players and crowd and seconds later blew for half time. Pomare Te Anau was cautioned by Barrett continuing his protest walking from the field.
Half time MAGS 1 Westlake 0
The second half sprung into life with a Westlake equaliser in the 46th minute. A long throw was dispatched into the MAGS penalty area and Myers volleyed past a diving Patrick George in the MAGS goal.
Eleven minutes later Westlake were ahead with another set play that the MAGS defence failed to clear. A long ball was played to the back of the MAGS defence and there were a number of opportunities to clear, but the net result saw Patrick George once again picking the ball out of the back of his net.
MAGS had a
game on their hands and Westlake had knocked the home team
out of their usual stride with no time for composed football.
Then another free kick found Conrad Poi again lurking on the edge of the Westlake penalty area. He turned, shot and scored with the ball bouncing off the post 2-2.
Now the game had rebounded back MAGS way with Dakota Lucas latching onto a dropped ball from the Westlake keeper. Unfortunately, he blasted the ball over the bar in the 61st minute.
Caleb Duncan replaced Jude Fitzpatrick in the 62nd minute. Duncan was having his first outing in three weeks. No doubt coach Kevin Fallon wanted the substitute to settle a defence that was looking increasingly shaky at times.
Then the save of the game in the 84th minute. MAGS goalkeeper Patrick George hurled himself fearlessly in front of the oncoming Westlake attack to save the day for his team the shot rebounded only for George to quickly reorientate himself to save the ball again this time safe in his hands.
The moment had passed for Westlake and in the last minute MAGS broke down the Westlake left flank and Dakota Lucas tore them apart, then delivered a perfect shot to give his team a 3-2 win.
MAGS had done it just, but for Westlake it was one that got away.
Final score MAGS 3 Westlake 2
MAGS: George, Elder (c), Fitzpatrick, Rowlands, Porter, Poi, Boxall, Boss, Te Anau, Lucas, Hamilton.
Substitutes: Duncan for Fitzpatrick 62nd minute
Atherton not used
Levesque not used
Lynch not used
Kiddell not used.
Cautions: Nikko Boxall, Pomare Te Anau
Goalscorers : Poi 8 57 Lucas 89
Man of The Match: Patrick George
Referee: Mr Pat Barrett.