Coughlan back on form after injuries

Garbhan Coughlan
Garbhan Coughlan
Southern United will be glad Garbhan Coughlan is back to his usual self.

Hamilton Wanderers most likely will not, though.

A run of injuries has hampered the striker since he broke his foot at the start of September.

His fitness has not been quite where he would like it, and his training time has been limited, too.

But he was starting to feel back to normal in last week's 4-2 loss to Eastern Suburbs.

That will be ominous for Hamilton Wanderers as the teams line up at Logan Park Turf this afternoon.

The Irishman bagged a classy hat-trick in a devastating 17-minute spell at home against the side last season - three of 13 goals he scored last season.

Despite not being at 100%, he has added three goals in as many games this season.

It pushes his overall tally to 24 from just 34 games for Southern - more than anyone else has scored in the jersey.

"Three in three is good. Last season it took me four games to get going," the 26-year-old striker said.

"I definitely didn't want to leave it too long without getting my name on the scoresheet."

He felt the long off-season could make it hard to get going again.

This year he tried to counter that by playing for Christchurch's Cashmere Technical over winter.

It was a move he had enjoyed and found beneficial.

His form last season had drawn interest from elsewhere as well.

"I spoke to [club manager] Paul [O'Reilly] and I was clear with Paul all the time I didn't really want to go anywhere, I was happy here and I've enjoyed the last two and a-half years I been here.

"I live in a nice place, I've got a good group of friends around me, good team, good work, it's a great city to be in. So I can't complain."

He is expecting a tough challenge from a Hamilton team boosted by the lethal pairing of Tommy Semmy and Derek Tieku.

Both teams are coming off losses and

Coughlan said that while the results had not been good, the performances had not been too bad and the team was hoping to string together a good run in its coming games.

Originally slated for Forsyth Barr Stadium, the game was shifted to make use of the new Logan Park Turf.

National premiership

Southern United v Hamilton
Logan Park Turf
Today, 4.30pm

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