Southern Men dispatch Canterbury 3-1

Southern Men are making a late run for glory at the under-21 nationals in North Harbour.

The side recorded a rare win against Canterbury yesterday.

It dispatched its rival 3-1 and remains firmly entrenched in third place.

North Harbour had a bye yesterday but leads the competition standings with 13 points.

Capital beat Central 6-3 and is in second place on 12 points. Southern is also on 12 points and retains an outside chance of winning the tournament.

But it has a bye today and will complete the tournament with a match against Auckland tomorrow, whereas both Capital and North Harbour have two games remaining.

Southern produced arguably its best performance of the tournament to beat Canterbury.

It held on to possession well and shut down Canterbury's attacking forays.

Henry Will opened the scoring when he latched on to a cross in the 10th minute.

Jonathan Bates scored three minutes later in a carbon-copy fashion.

Canterbury cut the gap to 2-1 midway through the second quarter.

It capitalised on some confusion at the back. Southern captain and key defender Maxwell Rasmussen had just left the field with a knee injury and chaos briefly reigned.

Craig Turner completed the victory when he deflected a penalty corner into the net with 12 minutes to play.

In the women's tournament, Southern was undone 1-0 by Midlands and remains anchored at the bottom of the standings with two games to play.


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