Manukau Courier : March 4th 2014
www.manukaucourier.co.nz SPORT MANUKAU COURIER, MARCH 4, 2014 23 Crash point: Manurewa’s Justin Horan survives a collision with Papakura City’s Jacob Lynch. Photos: PHOTOTEK Away: Manurewa co-coach Hoani Edwards breaks upfield. Manurewa hold on to trophy By ALAN APTED The pre-season blues got the better of Manurewa’s strikers in their 1-1 draw against Papakura City at McLennan Park in Papakura last Thursday night. The draw was good enough for holders Manurewa to retain the Manu Hudson Memorial Trophy but has left coaches Mark Armstrong, Hoani Edwards and Nathan Christie knowing their strikers are going to have to do a better job. ‘‘We were 1-0 up and had a two or three chances which, had we have taken them, would have taken the sting out of the game,’’ Armstrong says. ‘‘But as it turned out Papakura scored a great goal in the second half to level the match. ‘‘We created enough chances but didn’t finish them off.’’ The match was played on McLennan Park’s new sand-based surface. It got the tick of approval from Armstrong who was also impressed by the way Papakura City played. Manurewa captain Marvin Eakins scored Manurewa’s goal and Charlie Heathergot the equaliser for hosts. Armstrong says the match was a valuable workout for the squad who are looking to improve with more games under their belts. Armstrong, the former All White, has rejoined Manurewa in a bid to get them back among the premiers of the Northern Job done: Manurewa successfully defended the Manu Hudson Memorial Trophy against Papakura City. Well done: Manurewa’s Marvin Eatkins, left, is congratulated after scoring against Papakura City. Region Football League this season. They will playing in the league’s division one alongside two other South Auckland clubs, Papatoetoe AFC and newly promoted Mangere United. Papakura City are back in division two. this season. They won the Auck- land Football Federation’s Conference League last year but lost both legs of their playoff against Fury AFC. That result was overturned after Fury was found to have fielded two ineligible players, by both the Auckland Football Federation and New Zealand Football. High jump: Manurewa’s Troy Cleave, right, beats Papakura City’s Cory Mackay in the air.
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