SIX OF THE BEST FOR MAGS
Mount Albert Grammar School were too much of a handful today at Alberton Avenue for relegation rivals Rangitoto College. MAGS ran out 6 - 0 winners in a game that quite frankly could have been six at half time and double that at full time
Only some brave goalkeeping by Rangitoto custodian Andrew Van Stripiaan and some poor finishing by many of the MAGS players kept the score from looking more like a rugby result.
started the game in a business like manner scoring twice in
the first twelve minutes of play. The first was a superb goal
for the ever improving central midfield player Thomas Boss in
the 8th minute. He picked up he ball just outside the area
ran six yards and coolly slotted it past Van Stripiaan. It
was a most welcome first goal of the season for Boss.
Four minute later it was Boss again who appeared to be in the thick of action. He was crudely upended just inside the Rangitoto penalty area. Referee Stephanie Brown pointed to the spot. The MAGS goalkeeper Patrick George made no mistake with a fierce low drive giving his opposite number no chance of a save.
Between this phase of play and the next goal were many missed goalscoring opportunities. At times they were coming by the minute. MAGS displayed some polished set play at corners and free kicks but Van Stripiaan held firm often saving at point blank range. If ever he was beaten up would pop a defender blocking the ball or clearing off the line.
The third goal eventually came on the stroke of half time when a Pomare Te Anau shot rebounded but Dakota Lucas spectacularly dived in amongst the boots to head MAGS into a 3-0 lead. It was no less than they deserved going into the break.
Half time MAGS 3 Rangitoto 0
MAGS brought on Arnold Kochasira at half time for Pomare Te Anau. Te Anau had just returned with flu and was looking worse for wear.
Rangitoto right full back Aidan Wivell no doubt would have been glad to see the back of tricky winger Te Anau but he was to find out that the speedy Kochasira would pose different problems.
Kochasira got straight into the action delivering pin point corners in the 47th and 48th minute that MAGS captain Ryan Elder should have scored off, one he put wide from a Fitzpatrick header and the other into Van Stripiaan's arms.
MAGS now were beginning to knock the ball around with class and Poi and Boss were at the heart of the action featuring in cross over plays, walls and overlapping in the attacking third. Poi hit the bar in the 53rd minute then a minute later Emmanuel Darkwa cleared a Kochasira shot off the line with his goalkeeper beaten.
Then Kochasira opened his account finishing off a Lucas solo in the 57th minute. Three minutes later Kochasira got his second with a carefully placed shot out of the reach of the Rangitoto keeper. Since replacing Te Anau super sub Kochasira proved to be a real threat for the Rangitoto back four. His pace and determination unsettled the Rangitoto defence.
Another substitute Karlo Pavic who came on up front for Faitalia Hamilton in the 70th minute scored the sixth and final goal. Pavic turned in the penalty area and calmly stroked the ball home past a frustrated looking Rangitoto custodian.
The next significant event was the appearance of 14 year old Harley Tahau replacing Jordan Vale in the 84th minute. Tahau looked to be another player of the future as he confidently controlled and passed the ball around as if he had been a regular fixture in the MAGS engine room.
Final result MAGS 6 Rangitoto 0
Team: George, Elder (c), Porter, Rowlands, Fitzpatrick, Poi, Boss, Vale, Lucas, Hamilton, Te Anau.
Kochasira for Te Anau 46th minute, Pavic for Hamilton 70th minute, Tahau for Vale 84th minute.
Cautions ; Conrad Poi, Jordan Vale.
Goalscorers: Boss 8 George 12 (penalty) Kochasira 57, 60. Pavic 74
Referee Mrs Stephanie Brown.
Man of the Match: Jude Fitzpatrick