Some big results for our Men’s and Women’s First Teams, while in the rest of the club there were some insane scores and individual efforts with Wild Potros and U13 Boys Red scoring 9 and 8 respectively.
Check out the results of our Youth and Senior teams below:
Saturday 13th August | Ellerslie teams listed first
Diamonds 3 (not listed), Northern Rovers Tornadoes 1
Iguanas 1 (Travis), Albany Utd Hot and Spicey 2
Deceptively Slow 1 (Sven), Mt Albert Ponsonby 5
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Wild Potros 9 (Alex 7, Qais, Jacob), Western Springs Choppers 0
Screaming Eagles 4 (Owen 2m Paul, Nicholas), Wild Bucks 1
Wild Bucks 1 (TBC), Screaming Eagles 4
Greyhounds 4 (Eddowes 2, Keen, Major), Te Atatu 3
Wounders 1 (Dylan), West Auckland Wookies 0
Seadogs 1 (not listed), Fencibles Utd Magics 4
Metro 5 (OG 2, Simon, Martin, Mark), Western Springs Kosmos 2
Mustangs 6 (Glenn 3, Sam 2, Alex), Western Springs Reefers 2
Sunday 14th August | Ellerslie teams listed first
Rebels 2 (Natasja, Lauren), West Coast Rangers 1
Roverines 2 (Amanda 2), Mangere Utd Maramas 3
Rovettes 6 (Dallas 3, Steph, Brenna, Evy), Onehunga Mangere Rookies 0
Saturday 13th August | Ellerslie teams listed first
U16 Girls Red BYE
U14 Girls Red 1, (Thanesha), Eastern Suburbs 5
U13 Girls Red 5 (Willa 2, Coco, Olive, Pahul), Bay Olympic Whirlwinds 0
U17 Black 2 (Francis, Hudson), Papakura City 1
U16 Girls Black 4 (Maddie, Sophie, Keira, Lilly), Western Springs Napoli 0
U16 Girls Gold 0, West Auckland Bears 3
U15 Black 1 (Ben), Fencibles Utd Red 3
U14 Black 0, Bay Olympic Rockets 10
U13 Black 0, Central Utd SPC Wilson 3
U13 Gold 5 (not listed), Papatoetoe Utd Jaguars 4
U13 Green 2 (Callum 2), Western Springs France 4
U13 Silver 4 (Timmerman 3, Takumi), Pukekohe AFC Red 4
Sunday 15th August | Ellerslie teams listed first
U17 Red 0, South Auckland Rangers 0
U15 Red 1 (Daniel), South Auckland Rangers 0
U14 Red 2 (Lorenzo, Kaito), Uni-Mt Bohemian 3
U13 Red 8 (Ben 5, Vicente, Samuel, Joshua), Northland FC 2
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Men’s Reserves 0, Fencibles Reserves 6
Men’s First Team 2 (Rowan Corbett, Pat Grey), Fencibles Utd 1
While the day didn’t start in great fashion with the Men’s Reserves conceding early in their game and going on to have a tricky opening 45 mins against the leagues leading team. Things did improve as the Reserves picked themselves up and had a much better second half and the First Team took that energy and ran with it in the main game – with a number of chances in the first half but always seeming to have a bit of control in the game.
As it goes in football as soon as we scored our opening goal in the second half the game became frantic and control really went out the window as we chased a insurance goal and Fencibles chased an equaliser.
As it turns out we really needed that second goal which we scored in injury time, before Fencibles gave themselves a glimmer of hope by scoring straight back – but it wasn’t to be and Ellerslie took all three points with a 2-1 win and leapfrogged Fencibles in the table in the process.
Ellerslie’s run home
- Metro away on the 19th of August (Friday Night)
- East Coast Bays at home on the 27th of August
- Onehunga Mangere at home on the 3rd of September
Man of the Match: Adam Scott, our highest capped active player really embodied the spirit of the derby and put his body on the line time and time again. It’s rare to see him really spark up but as the game intensified Adam really stepped up and dominated his area of the pitch and the substitute striker Fencibles brought on. Probably unlucky not to grab a headed goal as he had a couple of efforts on target.
Women’s Reserves 2 (Sarah Jessup 2), Northern Rovers Reserves 1
Women’s First Team 2 (Britney Cunningham-Lee, Sarah Carpenter), Northern Rovers 2
Round 18 of the Lotto NRFL Women’s Premier saw your Ponies head to McFetridge Park to take on league champions Northern Rovers. This fixture is always an exciting affair and this encounter was no different. While Rovers had secured the league in round 17 there was still plenty to play for as they aimed to stretch their unbeaten run to 22 games unbeaten across all competitions and as they prepare for their Kate Sheppard Cup semi-final fixture against Dunedin City Royals.
The Ponies had come to crash the party and did just that in the 6th minute when Cunningham-Lee won possession off the Northern Rovers centre-back and charged towards the goal before calmly tucking the ball into the far post to put the Ponies up 1-0. Rovers certainly had most of the possession in the early stages of the encounter however they really struggled to find a way to play through the Ponies’ midfield block.
Suya Haering managed to intercept a loose pass just inside a Ponies half which started the Northern Rovers counter attack. The swift counter attack had the Ponies in trouble and the referee awarded a penalty at the end of the move after Leanna Ryan was taken down inside the penalty area. Up stepped one of the league’s stand-out players Michaela Foster. Foster managed to calmly tuck away the ball into the side netting past Olla to draw Rovers level in the 36th minute.
In the second half, the game ebbed and flowed with chances being presented at both ends. The deadlock was finally broken in the 71st minute when the Ponies were dispossessed at midfield. Rovers quickly switched the play to left-back Suya Haering who drove forward with the ball before unleashing a thunderbolt from 30 yards at Nadia Olla’s goal. Despite the goalkeeper’s best efforts, she could do no more as the ball flew into the back of the net and gave Rovers the lead for the first time in the match.
The Ponies did a nice job of playing out from the back to get to midfield before releasing Cunningham-Lee down the line who pick up the ball and raced away toward the Rovers goal before being brought down on the edge of the box. The free-kick presented Sarah Carpenter with the chance to draw level with 3 minutes to play in regulation time. Carpenter whipped the ball into the far post with expert precision to draw the Ponies level.
With the scores drawn at 2-2, the Ponies coaching staff made it clear that they wanted to push for the three points and be the ones to bring an end to Rovers’ unbeaten run. The changes almost instantly impacted the game as Marie Green picked up the ball on the left wing and struck a shot goal bound only for her first shot to be blocked and the second sent just wide of the upright.
The Ponies had one final chance after Ella James was fouled just over halfway as she tried to play the ball through to Cunningham-Lee on a counter attack. In a game that was begging for a winner, the Ponies sent everyone forward including the goalkeeper Olla with Coach Ryan Shiffman claiming that “this one is for the fans”. Cat Pretty took the final kick of the game as she sent in a ball towards the back post which just alluded the players in red and was collected by the Northern Rovers keeper. The referee blew the final whistle as the Rovers keeper distributed the ball bringing to a close what was another thrilling encounter.
Ellerslie’s run home
- West Coast Rangers at home on the 21st of August
- Auckland United at home on the 28th of August
- Western Springs away on the 4th of September
Woman of the Match: The player of the match was Cat Pretty who was the glue in all things good for the Ponies. Pretty did a fantastic job of holding her position in front of the backline and setting up those in front of her thus making it difficult for Rovers to play through the midfield. She was also the catalyst of many of the Ponies good attacking moments. Congratulations Cat on another fantastic performance!