Mosgiel beats Green Island 4-0 in shortened contest

An early finish did not prevent Mosgiel showing its class in wet conditions.

It claimed a 4-0 win over Green Island in the Southern Premier League, the match being called off after 72 minutes due to the poor conditions.

The match had plenty of thrills and skills, despite the conditions, and Island had a golden opportunity to take an early lead.

Adam Hewson took a tumble in the box and a penalty was awarded.

The normally reliable Tom Milton saw his spot kick well saved by Dan Robinson.

Mosgiel took the lead on eight minutes when Rhys Quarrell’s driving run drew a foul.

The resultant free kick from Kasim Ali was blocked and Rahan Ali was on hand to drive the ball home.

Mosgiel then went close when Isaac Hamilton’s shot was parried by keeper Luke Schaffer-Swann and Javier Langley’s bullet header narrowly went over the crossbar.

Mosgiel then doubled its lead after 12 minutes.

Cody Brook was given too much space and he unleashed a shot from 25m that, despite Schaffer-Swann diving full length, could not be stopped.

Green Island responded with Cam Anderson the main threat and he kept Mosgiel’s defence on its toes.

Robinson made some timely saves to deny him as well as Hewson, who broke through but was denied by Robinson making a great save with his feet.

The third goal came following Matt Kelly and Rahan Ali passing their way through the defence and Ali's deceptive pass fooled the defence and Hamilton drove an angled shot across the keeper on 34 minutes.

Just as Green Island was starting to get some time on the ball, Mosgiel broke forward in the 53rd minute and despite Schaffer-Swann saving the initial shot, Brook followed up the rebound.

As the conditions worsened the referee called the teams together after an hour was played and the decision was made to continue.

Caleb Osborne’s driving run and shot hit the post and Brook tapped home for what would have been his hat trick, but was adjudged to be

position.

At that point the referee decided to call the game off.

The South City Royals remain top of the table following a 2-0 win over Roslyn Wakari.

They dominated the first half with Connor Neil and Ryan Fleming going close.

The Royals opened the scoring when Jared Grove received a short corner and crossed to Kaleb de Groot-Green, who headed home at the far post with 22 minutes played.

They made the game safe when a free kick on half way from Grove was delivered into the box and Fleming’s skimming header found the bottom corner on 78 minutes.

Northern adapted to the conditions better than Queenstown and held on for a deserved 1-1 draw.

Northern took the lead on 60 minutes when Queenstown's Mitchell Crow diverted the ball into his own net.

Queenstown substitute Finley Husheer equalised from close range with 17 minutes left.

University won a tight match 1-0 over Wanaka.

Oban Hawkins scored a late winner for the students against a 10-man Wanaka side.

 - Neville Watson

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