18/07/09 v Tawa Vets
Today we played our old friends Tawa Vets at Te Whiti Park, on what was the best Saturday weather wise we have had for a number of weeks. In recent times we play for a shield against Tawa that was made by our founding team member Len Blackman. For the record there have been two shield challenges, in which the Blacks have yet to triumph. Tawa come to us today top of the league while we are still rock bottom still desperately tying for our first win of the season, so things were not looking good for us. However it was Len`s 50 something birthday today and with Al referee our luck may just be due to change.
The game started off with Blacks some what surprisingly dominating the game with some simple but effective passing, and we were making plenty of chances. The pressure finally paid off when their keeper dropped the ball at the feet of our prolific scorer (who shall remain nameless) and buried the chance from two yards for his long overdue 1st goal of the season.
The second goal followed almost immediately when Craig who was dominating the midfield scored direct from a corner to have us two up at half-time.
We knew we were in with a great chance with Tawa reduced to long rang efforts that never troubled our giant keeper Aaron. All we needed to do was just hang on.
We had a great start to the second half when Keith scored to make it 3 -0, despite heated Tawa protests that there was a hand ball in the lead up. Al had no hesitation in allowing the goal to stand. Surely we couldn`t blow it now.
Tawa came back at us and got back to 3-2 with 15 minutes left but we somehow managed to hang on, and when Al blew the final whistle the roars could have been heard back at the Hutt Park.
Against all odds we had gained our 1st win of the season, beating the league leaders and winning the shield for the first time.
Needless to say the celebrations continued long into the night.