No luck for Southern sides in Chch

The three Dunedin teams all travelled to Christchurch in the Southern Football League yesterday.

Mosgiel came up just short against an unbeaten Coastal Spirit side at English Park, going down 1-0.

The visitors nearly took an early lead when Riley Anderton's cross hit the cross bar after five minutes.

Coastal's Brett Clifford had the next opportunity when he rounded the defence and was about to slot home, but Charlie Grupplaar pulled off a last-ditch tackle.

Coastal was starting to assert itself with Ash Wellbourne, Michael Hogan and Abdul Khalifa all going close.

Spirit was a physical side, and the referee was kept busy with a flurry of yellow cards.

Right on halftime Hogan thought he had scored, but it was ruled out for offside.

Mosgiel had a better second half, but was unable to threaten Coastal's goal.

Coastal had another goal ruled out in the 57th minute.

Danger man Wellbourne was forced off injured when he fouled Ben Deeley.

A goalmouth melee in the 67th minute gave Coastal the all-important and only goal of the game when Tristan Nicol finished from the scramble.

Meanwhile Otago University finished on the wrong side of a 7-goal thriller against Nomads.

Dom Scahill, Ben Stanley and Santeri Kuivalainen scored for the students.

However Declan Hickford, Liam Thompson and a brace from Caleb Cottom gave Nomads their first win 4-3.

Caversham came unstuck in a physical match, going down 2-0 to Western.

Thomas Stanley and Daniel Ryan both scored for the hosts.

In the other game, Nelson Suburbs beat defending champions Cashmere Technical 1-0 to join Coastal on top of the table with nine points after three rounds.

 - Neville Watson
 

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