Late efforts fall short as Roslyn yields to Wanaka

Roslyn Wakari hosted Wanaka, with both teams in good form.

Roslyn was looking to close the gap at the top of the southern football championship and Wanaka was after its fourth win on the bounce.

Wanaka started well, Steve Pleskun's header grazing the crossbar. Pleskun was not to be denied on 20 minutes as he headed home at the far post following a delightful cross from Toa Roode.

Pleskun made it 2-0 five minutes later after he picked up possession from deep and, running at both centre backs, turned them inside out before slotting into the bottom corner.

Roslyn, being a slow starter, was rocked. It had to work its way into the game and started to dominate possession.

A combination of the crossbar, some dogged defending and great goalkeeping from debutant keeper Victor Meija kept Roslyn scoreless.

The second half saw Wanaka defending, but Roslyn was not able to find a way past the centre back pairing of Blair Scoullar and Thomas Van Hees.

Roslyn finally found a goal when James Govan's side-footed effort took a deflection and looped over the helpless Meija. He then denied Reid Hulleman in a one-on-one at the near post.

It was not to be Roslyn's day when late efforts saw a tame shot roll along the goal line to be cleared away.

Yunny Chang hit the underside of the cross bar with the ball bouncing on the line and then out, and in added time Luke Clissold was only able to volley a Hulleman corner directly at Meija.

Roslyn's loss was compounded by Green Island's comprehensive 6-0 victory over Tech.

Green Island now holds a five-point lead over Wanaka, which moves into joint second spot with Tech.

Green Island's last game is against the winless Northern next weekend.

Northern had its best game of the round against Southland in Invercargill.

Despite Liam McHendry scoring with 10 minutes to go, Northern was not able to pull back earlier goals scored in the second half by Nobuhiro Kojima and Harry Milligan.

 - Neville Watson

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