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Mosgiel has flipped the result from last season’s promotion-relegation tie in its first meeting with the same opponent.
The Plainsmen claimed a 3-1 win over Green Island at Memorial Park, leaping to seven points and a tie for fourth in the Southern League.
The opening 10 minutes were cagey with no attempts on target.
Both teams’ first opportunities on goal came from corners and the opening goal came in the 19th minute.
Mosgiel’s Isaac Hamilton won the ball with his high pressing, ran into the penalty box and squared back to Cody Brook to slam home past Oscar Dabkowski.
Green Island grew into the game on the half-hour mark, but Mosgiel keeper Dan Robinson’s gloves kept the visitors out.
With time up on the clock, Mosgiel’s Mike Neaverson won the ball inside his own half.
He looked up and quickly played a diagonal pass forward into the run of Hamilton on the left wing.
Hamilton held off his challenger to score low into the corner.
Brook made it 3-0 early in the second half with a trademark header following Rahan Ali’s well-flighted cross.
Green Island searched for a way back into the game but were repelled until Hewson leapt the highest in the 85th minute to head home.
Mosgiel is joined in a tie for fourth by the Dunedin City Royals, who had a comfortable 5-1 win over Nomads United.
En Watanabe scored a hat trick, while Ollie Peterson and Ollie Cassidy scored the other goals.
Christchurch United and Cashmere Tech both continued their 100% record.
United beat Selwyn 4-0 and Tech beat Coastal by the same score. Nelson Suburbs moved into third with a 2-1 away win at Ferrymead Bays.
In the Women’s Southern Premiership, Amy Hislop scored an 87th minute winner to lift Otago University to a 2-1 win over Roslyn-Wakari.
Hislop scored both of University’s goals, taking her season tally to 15, while Jasmine Prince took her season total to 13 with her 73rd minute equaliser.
In the other game, Nieve Collin scored six goals, while Emily Morison and Margarida Dias added hat tricks as the Dunedin City Royals gave Mosgiel a 15-0 drubbing.
In the ODT Southern Premiership, Northern’s 1-1 draw with Queenstown allowed the Royals to open a gap at the top of the table.
The Royals beat Northern Hearts in Timaru 3-0 thanks to a brace from Patrick Koppert.
Roslyn-Wakari was beaten 2-1 by Otago University, while Wanaka and Green Island shared the points in a 1-1 draw.
In Invercargill, Queens Park looked to be heading for its first win when it led Mosgiel 2-0. However, Mosgiel scored four goals in the last 30 minutes, including a brace for Taylor Donaldson, to claim a 4-3 victory.
- Neville Watson