Southern Utd sneak late win

Garbhan Coughlan scored two late goals to secure a win for Southern Utd. Photo: ODT files
Garbhan Coughlan scored two late goals to secure a win for Southern Utd. Photo: ODT files
Cometh the hour, cometh the Garbhan.

Garbhan Coughlan was the man of the moment for Southern United yesterday, bagging two goals in the final minutes in Nelson to give Southern United a 2-1 victory over Tasman United.

It keeps the faint hopes of playoff football alive for the southern men, although Canterbury beating Team Wellington 2-1 in Christchurch means their side will need a lot of luck to get into the playoffs.

But the win yesterday puts it clearly up to fifth place, and well placed to reach its goal from the start of the season.

The win yesterday meant the side did the double over Tasman United, having won 3-1 over the team from Tasman in Dunedin earlier in the season.

The match yesterday was extremely close, and could have gone either way.

The Tasman side, which sits eighth on the ladder, was keen to get a win for its home fans, and gave as good as it got in the first half.

The match was even in the opening period, but the returning Joe Ellul got the home team on the scoresheet late in the first half.

He found himself at the back post and proceeded to put the ball home calmly.

That gave the home team the 1-0 lead at the break, and it looked to push on in the second half.

But Ellul got himself red-carded after his second bookable offence, 10 minutes into the second period, and that led to Tasman putting up a wall at the back and looking to hold on.

Newly blond striker Coughlan, though, was having none of that, and he managed to tie the game up with a tidy finish in the 82nd minute.

Then seven minutes later, the ball came free to him again and he expertly showed some great finishing to bag the winner.

Tasman was on its heels and tried to get back into the game, but could not get anything going despite there being six minutes of extra time.

The result means Southern United have been unbeaten for five games in a row.

The win lifts the side to 21 points, but Canterbury - sitting in fourth on the ladder - beating Team Wellington has put the red and blacks on 30 points.

Southern United, which has three games left, takes on the Wellington Phoenix Reserves next Sunday at home.


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