Strong Southern display delivers win

Waitakere United’s Jake Porter (front) looks to head the ball, as does Southern United defender...
Waitakere United’s Jake Porter (front) looks to head the ball, as does Southern United defender Danny Ledwith, at Logan Park on Saturday.PHOTO: GREGOR RICHARDSON
The goal-scorer turned provider and the rest followed.

Garbhan Coughlan delivered two fantastic balls to set up both goals in Southern United's 2-1 win over Waitakere United at Logan Park Turf on Saturday.

Cody Brook and Cam Mackenzie latched on to passes from the club's most prolific scorer and made no mistake in finishing.

They were the key moments.

But it was a fantastic all-round display.

On attack the side was lethal, particularly in the second half.

It created plenty of chances and was dangerous in the open field.

Defensively it showed grit, while goal keeper Liam Little made a handful of brilliant saves.

The win takes Southern to 16 points, leaving it mid-table and in the fight for a playoff spot.

Waitakere remains third on 21.

Southern coach Terry Boylan was thrilled with both the performance and result.

‘‘It shows the resilience in this group,'' he said.

‘‘Hard work pays off, they've been working hard. I've asked a lot of them and they've given a lot more than I expected to be fair.

‘‘They're resilient — you can see that in the way they're playing. They're hard to break down.

‘‘And the want and the desire of this game is absolutely fantastic. They reaped their rewards today, because they played well and they showed that.

‘‘We might be good defensively, but we're also good attacking-wise. We created a lot of chances — could have put more away but we didn't — but it’s still a 2-1 result.''

Southern made a brilliant start when Brook put it ahead in the fourth minute.

Coughlan ran down a long ball over the top, gathering possession to the right of the box.

He turned well and put in a pin-point cross for Brook to bundle into the goal.

Waitakere began to get on top as the first half progressed, and in the 25th minute Rob Tipelu equalised.

A header from a corner went up in the air and Tipelu was able to head in on the second chance.

The visitors continued to create chances and Southern survived a handful of sloppy defensive moments.

However, it was the hosts that were dominant after the break.

Southern regularly found space up the middle of the park to create several chances.

Only one of those was put away, but it was all that was needed.

Coughlan found himself in space up the middle and after a few dribbles, pushing a pass forward to Mackenzie.

The youngster was clinical in finishing past Nick Draper to give Southern a 55th-minute lead.

That nearly became 3-1 minutes later, as Brook delivered a cross after a brilliant run up the left wing.

However, Coughlan overran it and Jordan Spain's shot went over the top.

Coughlan had another shot 10 minutes later, before Liam Little pulled off a quality diving save to keep Southern in the lead.

Stephen Lawless and Spain both created another chance each, although Coughlan and Mackenzie could not quite finish.

That did not matter though, as the defence held on to deny Waitakere.

Southern has the week off next week, returning to action the following weekend in Napier.


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