Westlake Take Gutsy Away Win at Mount Albert Grammar School
The Westlake first XI football team extended their winning run to three games with a hard fought away win at Mount Albert Grammar. On a muddy pitch, Westlake showed plenty of character and deserved to win and move above their opposition in the Premier League table.
Westlake started positively but the home side had an early chance to take the lead when, after some hesitant Westlake defending, their striker was presented with a clear run on goal only to send his shot wide of the target. Westlake responded when Harrison Piper’s cross from the right was met at the far post by View Rungpao but the wingers shot flashed wide. Shortly afterwards Rungpao’s left sided free kick was comfortably saved by the MAGS keeper.
Westlake took the lead in spectacular fashion when Greg Nimmo curled a beautifully shaped free kick over the defensive wall and into the top corner of the net from 25 yards. It was a goal of real class and the players celebrated accordingly. Piper had a glorious chance to double Westlake’s lead when Matt Conroy’s pass found him in space on the right. The winger skipped past one defender but blasted his shot wide with only the keeper to beat. Westlake were now on top and, when Keanen Bhagaloo delivered a dangerous cross from the left, a MAGS defender headed the ball beyond his own keeper with the crossbar saving his blushes. When Westlake won another free kick close to the box Nimmo again struck his shot sweetly only to see the keeper palm the ball onto the cross bar and off the post. From the resulting corner the ball again seemed destined for the back of the net before it was cleared off the goal line by a desperate MAGS defender. MAGS were saved by the half time whistle as it seemed only a matter of time before Westlake would score again.
The second half was a closer affair as the weather deteriorated and MAGS tightened up at the back. Rungpao was again found by Piper at the far post but he couldn’t control his shot enough to test the keeper. At the other end, Bhagaloo’s superbly timed tackle stopped a promising MAGS attack. However Westlake did score in the 63rd minute but Nimmo’s effort was ruled out for his challenge on the keeper. Westlake were then reduced to ten men when Bhagaloo was sent off and the last twenty minutes were frantic as MAGS pushed forward in search of an equalizer.
Westlake were contained to hitting MAGs on the counter attack and almost scored again when Conroy, who had chased lost causes all day, beat the MAGS keeper to the ball only to see his goal bound effort cleared off the line. The final whistle was greeted with a mixture of delight and relief but in truth it was a match that Westlake had dominated for long periods. Westlake’s next game is a home premier league fixture against St Kentigerns College, Saturday 2nd June, 12 noon kick off.
MAGS 0 vs WBHS 1 – Premier league 25/6/2016
Team: Bradley Williams, Greg Nimmo, Keanen Bhagaloo, Clarke Foulds, Trent Baker, Harrison Piper, Reuben Fitzgerald, View Rungpao, Matt Conroy, Drew Farnsworth and Jack Pirie. Subs: Tyrone Stretton, Callum Diprose, Daniel Mitten and Joe Benbow.
Scorers: Nimmo (34th).
All football results
Westlake Boys 1st X1 beat Mount Albert Grammar School 1-0
Westlake Boys 2nd X1 beat Mount Albert Grammar School 2-1
Westlake Boys 3rd X1 bye
Westlake Boys 15A1 beat Pakuranga College 4-2
Westlake Boys 15 A2 no result
Westlake Boys 15 B Red beat Northcote College 3-2
Westlake Boys 15 B White beat Saint Peter’s College 2-1
Westlake Boys 15 B Green beat Rosmini College 1-0
Westlake Boys 14 A1 beat St Peter’s College 2-0
Westlake Boys 14A2 beat Green Bay College 5-2
Westlake Boys 14 B Green beat Pinehurst School 4-2
Westlake Boys 14 B White play Westlake 14B Red on Tuesday 28 June
Westlake Boys 13 A1 lost to Sacred Heart College 2-0
Westlake Boys 13 A2 beat Long Bay College 5-0
Westlake Boys 13B Green beat Rangitoto College 4-0
Westlake Boys 13 B White play Westlake 13 B Red Monday 27 June