Convincing Win Sees Westlake Advance in Knock Out Cup
Westlake Boys (5) vs Kelson Boys High School (0) – Knock Out Cup first round 1/6/16
Westlake’s first XI football side eased into the second round of the knock out cup with a convincing 5-0 home win over Kelston Boys on Wednesday. Several regulars were rested but Westlake still had enough fire power to overwhelm their lower division opposition and took the lead within five minutes of the opening whistle. Right back Harrison Piper whipped a cross into the box for Matt Conroy to loop a perfectly placed header past the Kelston keeper.
Drew Farnsworth then combined well with Conroy to create a shooting chance but his effort was well blocked. Westlake continued to dominate possession but created few clear scoring opportunities until the 31st minute when Conroy’s pace saw him round the keeper before he crossed for Farnsworth to score from 12 yards. Conway looked odds on to grab his second goal when he beat the Kelston offside trap only to see his well struck shot impressively saved by the away team’s overworked keeper. The first half ended with Westlake 2-0 up but pressing hard for a third.
The decisive goal arrived 11 minutes into the second spell after Westlake broke down the right and Greg Nimmo played in the fast breaking View Rungpao who was fouled inside the penalty area as he tried to get his shot away. Nimmo converted the resulting spot kick to extend the home teams lead to 3-0.
Centre back turned striker Nimmo then grabbed his second when Conroy beat two defenders before setting up his team mate for an easy finish from 10 yards. It was fitting then that Conroy, who had impressed all game, finished the scoring when his quick feet and thinking helped him evade a posse of defenders before he toe poked the ball home from close range.
Westlake’s next game is a premier league fixture this Saturday 12noon kick off at Auckland Grammar.