Shaffer-Swan helps Green Island hold on for win

A late save from goalkeeper Luke Shaffer-Swan helped Green Island hold on for a much-needed win on Saturday.

Shaffer-Swan denied Selywn United a late equaliser, giving the host club a 3-2 win at Sunnyvale in the Southern League.

The win draws Green Island level with Selwyn on seven points at the bottom of the table.

Selwyn took the lead on 13 minutes, when the home defence waited for an offside flag that never came, and Calum Murdoch ran through to slot past Schaffer-Swan.

Adam Hewson.
Adam Hewson.
Green Island equalised four minutes later when a trademark Adam Hewson run was followed by a shot from just inside the penalty box, giving Pieter-Taco Bierema no chance.

Selwyn regained the lead following Murdoch’s strong battling run through the home team defence and he scored from close range on 23 minutes.

Green Island was completely dominant and on the front foot for the entire second half.

It created several opportunities early in the half, before Selwyn was shown three yellow cards in the space of five minutes as the Canterbury team tried to stem the tide.

Hewson had another attempt at goal that the keeper spilt, but regathered just before it crossed the line.

Moments later, he was fouled in the box after another strong run, and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the penalty spot.

Tom Milton emphatically dispatched in the 61st minute to tie the game up.

A minute later, Cam Anderson darted into the box and a simple layback to Ollie Sims gave the home side the lead.

Such was Green Island’s dominance, Selwyn’s first chance of the second half came only in the last 10 minutes.

Deep in injury time, Bierema came up for a corner but Schaffer-Swan denied the Selwyn keeper an unlikely equaliser.

Mosgiel took on Nelson Surbubs, but came up short 4-2 at Memorial Park.

Nelson took the lead in the fifth minute, when Aiden Higgs’ long-range rocket cannoned off the underside of the crossbar on to the goal line and Jamie McGookin was on hand to tap it in.

Nelson goalkeeper Corey Wilson saved strongly with his feet when Rory Findlay burst through looking for an equaliser in the 10th minute.

Mosgiel equalised through Rhys Quarrell in the 14th minute, following a defensive mix-up.

Nelson scored deep into injury time in the first half when Lucas Hoggs’ high-footed shot from close range gave Dan Robinson no chance.

Nelson went further ahead in the 62nd minute from another corner — Robinson got a hand to it but Higgs was on hand to tap in from close range.

Mosgiel pulled one back four minutes later when Matt Kelly’s beautifully delivered corner was met by the run of Rory Finlay who powerfully headed home.

Nelson made sure of the win when Ryan Stewart scored in the 78th minute.

Dunedin City Royals were undone by a 95th minute goal away to Coastal Spirit in a game in which they had the better chances but were not able to convert.

In the Southern Women’s Premiership, Roslyn-Wakari beat Otago University 3-0, while Green Island beat Northern 2-0.

In the ODT Southern Premiership, runaway leaders Dunedin City Royals slipped up at home to Invercargill’s Queen’s Park.

The Royals held the lead until the 80th minute when an unfortunate goal to Sam Johnson levelled the scores and, in the third minute of injury time, Anton Fitzgerald got his second goal of the game to give the Invercargill team a 3-2 win.

Roslyn-Wakari stayed second with a hard fought 1-0 victory over Mosgiel, and Rory Hibbert nabbed a hat trick as Northern kept third place when it scored three goals in nine minutes late in the game to beat Northern Hearts 5-2 in Timaru.

Wanaka won the central derby, beating Queenstown 4-2 away.

--  Neville Watson



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