Roslyn, Wanaka battle to draw

Unbeaten Roslyn Wakari travelled to Wanaka and it was a tight affair, with both teams struggling to adapt in windy conditions.

The Southern Football Championship match ended in a 1-1 draw, as neither side could take late opportunities.

Wanaka had the early ascendancy, but was unable to put any meaningful shot on target.

Roslyn worked its way into the game and strung a couple of swift attacks together, resulting in a goal on 31 minutes.

Harley Rodeka took a quick free kick to left winger Reid Hulleman, who beat his man with pace, and delivered a superb cross to fellow winger Nathan Wilkie.

He neatly curled the ball into the far post, past the outstretched Britton Dowling.

Wanaka nearly equalised through Al Carmichael's long-range effort, but Roslyn keeper Tom Stevens got the faintest of touches to push it on to the post.

Wanaka had the lion's share of possession in the second half with the wind at its back, while Roslyn looked dangerous on the counterattack via Tennessee Kinghorn.

Wanaka equalised when another long-range effort from Carmichael was parried by Stevens and Steve Pleskun reacted quickest to pounce from eight metres out, with 14 minutes left.

Both teams had chances late, but neither could bury a last-minute winner.

Southland eased itself away from the foot of the table and to within two points of the front runners with a 5-0 victory over Northern.

Calem Castle was the stand-out performer, completing his hat trick in the 90th minute after goals on 18 and 50 minutes.

Harry Milligan, after only six minutes, and Conor Evans, in the 87th, were the other scorers.

Green Island strung together its second consecutive win - 3-0 over Dunedin Technical - to surge into joint top position after five games, drawing level with Tech on nine points.

 - NEVILLE WATSON

 

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