February 9, 2014Score: 1 – 6
Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin. Kick-off: 1pm (ASB Premiership)
WaiBOP United has returned from the deep south with an emphatic result and, if possible, an even more emphatic performance under their belt.
ThisÂ 6-1 victory over Southern United is, by far, the largest win of the season and, if not for some great keeping early on by Southern’s Tom Batty, could really have been even larger. He couldn’t stop Nik Robson from opening his account early on, though, nor doubling it in the 20th minute. But he did save a penalty from Robson between the goals.
Shaydon Young, Scott Hilliar and Jack McNab were all denied by the over-worked home custodian before Sam Messam eased coach Peter Smith’s nerves with a tap in for the third after Young had stung Batty’s palms.
Half time: 0-3.
The hosts started the stronger at the start of the second half, but it wasn’t long before Robson was back in the action. He completed his hat trick in the 54th minute, dinking home a Jack McNab cross, before turning home a corner to complete a quick-fire double and his fourth of the match.
At 5-0 any thoughts of a Southern comeback were quashed. Defender Liam Higgins made it six of the best with six minutes remaining.
Southern’s Daniel Morris ruined the perfect day by grabbing a consolation goal, and killing the clean sheet, with a minute or so remaining, but by then the match was long gone.
|1. Andy McNeil|
|2. Liam Higgins||Goal|
|5. Tyler Lissette|
|10. Nik Robson||GoalGoalGoalGoal|
|12. Jack McNab||Assist|
|13. Ben Latham|
|14. Sam Messam||Goal|
|9. Shaydon Young||Assist|
|18. Alexis Varela|
|16. Scott Hilliar|
|23. Tom Probert|
|17. Florian Matk||Sub14|
|19. Wade Molony||Sub16|
|17. Reid Drake||Sub9|