Day One of the First XI Super 8 Football tournament at Hastings BHS has produced plenty of drama with 34 goals scored in eight games and the defending champions Hamilton BHS being forced into a must win match tomorrow against New Plymouth BHS if they are to keep their title.
Pool A is more clear cut with Tauranga BC and Palmerston North BHS guaranteed to qualify after two wins.
Game 1 (Pool B) – Hastings BHS v Hamilton BHS
This match saw top seeds Hamilton Boys’ beat hosts Hastings Boys’ 5-0. Harry Stocker from Hamilton Boys’ grabbed a hattrick with Luke Woolerton getting a brace.
The score was 3-0 at half time in a game where Hamilton showed they’re again a very good team.
Game 2 (Pool B) – Napier BHS v New Plymouth BHS
This was a competitive match that saw fifth seeds Napier beat NPBHS fourth seeds New Plymouth 3-0. The game was a tight affair as you might expect with four yellow cards issued.
Jorge Akers scored all of the goals for Napier Boys’. Napier led 2-0 at half time and extended their lead in the second half.
Game 3 (Pool A) – Rotorua BHS v Palmerston North BHS
Palmerston North proved to be too strong as the second seeds beating Rotorua Boys’ 5-1. The damage was done in the first half with Palmerston North taking a 4-0 lead. Kaykay Adeyinka scored four goals with Jeff MacGregor adding another for Palmerston. Elijah Robinson replied for Rotorua.
Game 4 (Pool A) – Gisborne BHS v Tauranga BC
In probably the game of the tournament so far, Gisborne Boys’ played Tauranga Boys’ in a hard fought match. TBC stormed into a 4-0 lead at half time with Gisborne picking up three yellow cards. The second period saw Gisborne put in a disciplined performance and staging a comeback to score three goals as Tauranga picked up a few cautions. The game ended in a 4-3 win to Tauranga Boys’ College.
Game 5 (Pool B) – Napier BHS v Hamilton BHS
A really tight game in which Napier Boys’ came out 2-0 winners. Napier Boys’ goalkeeper Daniel Robinson made two outstanding saves early on to deny Hamilton. The game’s pivotal moment saw Hamilton’s John Clout red carded for bringing down an attacking player just outside the box denying a goal scoring opportunity. The resulting free kick was clinically despatched giving Napier Boys’ a 1-0 lead going into half time. Despite being one player down, Hamilton Boys’ put a really good fight in the second half creating several chances. Napier managed one more goal in the second half in a quality game. Goal scorers were Luis Toomey and Ethan Martin.
Game 6 (Pool B) – Hastings BHS v New Plymouth BHS
In a relatively even game it came down to who put their chances away. New Plymouth managed to put two chances away in the first half and Hastings struggled to execute in the final third. Whilst the hosts got into good positions in the second half chances they didn’t finish their chances. NPBHS added another to win the game 3-0. Scorers for New Plymouth were Qing Feng Du, Cam Burnell and Kernow Phillips.
Game 7 (Pool A) – Gisborne BHS v Palmerston North BHS
The damage was done in the first half with Jaeden Shaw and Josh Davenport scoring a goal each to give Palmerston North a 2-0 lead at half time. The scores remained even in the second half as Palmerston took all three points.
Game 8 (Pool A) – Rotorua Boys’ HS v Tauranga Boys’ College
Tauranga Boys’ really put the foot down in this match dominating possession and executing chances against Rotorua. The score was 4-0 to Tauranga at half time and they added another three in the second half as well as keeping a clean sheet. Rowan Martin, Lewis Reid and Ryan Peddle got a goal each. Alex Elliot terrorized the Rotorua defense scoring four goals.
Palmerston North BHS, 6
Tauranga BC, 6
Gisborne BHS, 0
Rotorua BHS, 0
Napier BHS, 6
Hamilton BHS, 3
New Plymouth BHS, 3
Hastings BHS, 0
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