Sharks’ winning run continues
WAINUI Sharks continued their early-season run of form with a 5-0 Bailey Cup victory over Riverina in Gisborne football on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Lytton High School showed plenty of spirit to beat QRS Wairoa Athletic 5-4 on penalties in Wairoa.
The score was 1-1 after 90 minutes, and after 30 minutes of extra time.
In the other Bailey Cup game on Saturday, Coates Associates Wainui Demons beat Gisborne Boys’ High School (2) 8-0 in the early game at Wainui.
In the later game, Sunshine Brewery Wainui Sharks got into their work quickly.
By halftime, the beach boys were 4-0 up against Riverina.
Korbi Schallenger scored two goals from midfield for the second week in a row, while fellow midfielder Richard Kitto also grabbed a goal and striker Ricky Boyd grabbed another.
Regular defender Noel Amor was brought on up front for the second half and scored with a sweetly struck left-footed shot . . . a nice moment for a natural right-footer.
Wainui were well served by defenders Diego Pedrioli at rightback, Jamie Gallacher at leftback, and Jeff Allen and visiting American doctor Mike Adams in the middle.
Behind them, Leroy Shaw continued to make a good fist of the goalkeeping duties.
Schallenger had another standout game in central midfield, and Barry McCarthy, a new signing this year, impressed on the right flank.
Up front, Josh Cook had a busy afternoon, and almost scored the goal of the game. The ball came to him chest-high, 30 metres out. He killed the pace with his chest and volleyed the dropping ball. It hit the post and rebounded to safety.
In Wairoa, the home team opened the scoring with a penalty after 20 minutes. Lytton equalised through Merlin Parsons late in the first half.
It was a game of two strategies, Lytton coach Craig Christophers said.
The strong, robust defence and bustling attack of Wairoa were up against a Lytton team who had fitness, skill and energy but lacked the experience of their opponents.
Wairoa went first in the penalty shootout, Lytton goalkeeper Cameron Cairns saved the second Wairoa kick, and Lytton scored with all five of theirs. Esteban Mariette took the fifth, and winning, penalty. The other Lytton penalty takers were Sonny Brady, Parsons, Travis White and Ryan Anderson.
Christophers thanked Wairoa for their outstanding hospitality and “a great day”.
The next round of the Bailey Cup will be played on June 1. Demons will play ShipWreck Bohemians at Anzac Park, Sharks play Gisborne Boys’ High School (1) at the Rectory, Lytton play Thistle Vintage at Harry Barker Reserve and, in a clash that could have cup final quality, Carpet Court Thistle Massive play Heavy Equipment Services United at Childers Road Reserve.
Thistle and United meet in the Championship on Childers Road Reserve No.1 at 12.30pm on Saturday.
At the same time, on the Rectory field, the Boys’ High and Lytton first teams will be playing for school bragging rights.
In the Poverty Bay Cup games at the weekend, ITM Thistle, Heavy Equipment United (3) and Smash Palace Shockers advanced at the expense of GBHS (3), Campion College and Lytton (2) respectively.
In the semifinals on June 1, Thistle will play Three Rivers Medical Bohemians and Shockers play United (3). Both games will be at Nelson Park.
In the women’s Braybrook Cup on Sunday, Gisborne Girls’ High School beat Top 10 Holiday Park Bohemians 3-0, Tatapouri Marist Thistle beat Riverina 8-0 and Gisborne Laundry Services Riverina beat Campion 2-1.
In the next round, on June 16, Heavy Equipment Services United will play Girls’ High and Gisborne Laundry Services Riverina will play Marist Thistle. Both games will be at Harry Barker Reserve.