Two goals for Jirah

Following in Grandad’s footsteps.

Following in Grandad’s footsteps.

HIS grandfather Richard Mulligan played 24 games for the All Whites in the backline.

Fourteen-year-old Jirah Wanoa is following in those footsteps further up the pitch, and underlined his potential last Saturday with two goals in Eastern League Division 1 action.

Wanoa came on up front at halftime and did the damage as Gisborne Boys’ High School first 11 defeated Gisborne United seconds 2-0 at Anzac Park.

The first was what assistant coach Darren Larkins described as “a cheeky little chip over the keeper”, the second a cool finish in a one-on-one.

The victory made it two from two for the students, a promising start, although Larkins pointed out they had yet to face the “big boys” in this division.

Bar Year 10 student Wanoa, Boys’ High are a mix of Year 11 to 13 students this year under the coaching of Joel Robinson.

They don’t have the league services of a couple of the school’s top players, who are committed to Gisborne Thistle in the Central Federation League, but that opens the door for others to step up.

Strong midfield

Having a strong midfield will be vital to Boys’ High and that area looks solid. Larkins said centre midfielders Hamish Robinson — coach’s son — and Andrew Brott were standouts for the team in Saturday’s win.

Defending Division 1 champions Thistle Massive chalked up a third consecutive win, dominating the second half to put away clubmates Carpet Court Thistle 3-1 on the main ground at Childers Road Reserve.

The Ronnie Young-coached Carpet Court went ahead with an Olly Tilley strike but Massive struck twice early in the second spell to take the initiative. David Ure equalised after five minutes and Nic Somerton put them ahead two minutes later.

Jason Burgess gave them breathing space with a goal about 20 minutes from time.

Massive coach Johnny Stirton said Carpet Court had the best of the half but a change of formation from 3-5-2 to 4-4-2 made a significant difference in the second stanza.

“We scored the two quick goals and dominated from there.”

Fullback Mitch Turner was Stirton’s player of the day — “he had a great game” — and there were also strong performances from midfielder Kane Stirton and Anders Batarrita.

Young said experience was a key difference.

Massive have seasoned players like Ure, Stirton, Somerton, Chris Spurr and Kieran Ryan while Batarrita would easily make Thistle’s Fed League team if he was available for their longer trips.

Young warned his team that Massive would come at them early in the second half but they “fell asleep” and paid the price.

However, he couldn’t fault Carpet Court’s effort. They were a feeder team to the firsts and would probably battle all season with player depth. A predominantly injured bench did not help on Saturday.

“We weren’t disgraced at all . . . everyone played well,” said Young, who singled out left-winger Zach Destounis for his “100 percent” effort despite an injury he picked up early in the game.

Gisborne United (1) striker Stu Cranswick knows how to score goals. Now he is learning how to coach at the same time.

Cranswick scored twice in their 3-0 win over Gisborne Bohemians (1) at Nelson Park — a team performance with which he was reasonably pleased.

While he didn’t exactly volunteer for the coach’s job, Cranswick said it had been a “pretty good” experience so far.

The game plan on Saturday was to play the ball along the ground more, he said.

It took “at least the first half to figure out what we were doing but it eventually worked”.

Aaron Graham put them ahead with a shot from outside the penalty area and Cranswick doubled it with a strike from a difficult angle, which he reckoned “somehow went in”.

He made it three in the second half when he chipped the advancing keeper from well outside the box.

Wainui Sharks and Riverina AFC fought out a 1-1 draw at “Shark Park” — Wainui’s home turf.

Both goals came in the first half. Shaun Auckram put Riverina ahead but Greg Judd scored an impressive equaliser to deny last year’s Division 2 champions a first win of the season.

“It was a good contest,” Sharks player Mike Vita said.

Thistle Massive lead the table on nine points, with United second on seven and Boys’ High third on six.

HIS grandfather Richard Mulligan played 24 games for the All Whites in the backline.

Fourteen-year-old Jirah Wanoa is following in those footsteps further up the pitch, and underlined his potential last Saturday with two goals in Eastern League Division 1 action.

Wanoa came on up front at halftime and did the damage as Gisborne Boys’ High School first 11 defeated Gisborne United seconds 2-0 at Anzac Park.

The first was what assistant coach Darren Larkins described as “a cheeky little chip over the keeper”, the second a cool finish in a one-on-one.

The victory made it two from two for the students, a promising start, although Larkins pointed out they had yet to face the “big boys” in this division.

Bar Year 10 student Wanoa, Boys’ High are a mix of Year 11 to 13 students this year under the coaching of Joel Robinson.

They don’t have the league services of a couple of the school’s top players, who are committed to Gisborne Thistle in the Central Federation League, but that opens the door for others to step up.

Strong midfield

Having a strong midfield will be vital to Boys’ High and that area looks solid. Larkins said centre midfielders Hamish Robinson — coach’s son — and Andrew Brott were standouts for the team in Saturday’s win.

Defending Division 1 champions Thistle Massive chalked up a third consecutive win, dominating the second half to put away clubmates Carpet Court Thistle 3-1 on the main ground at Childers Road Reserve.

The Ronnie Young-coached Carpet Court went ahead with an Olly Tilley strike but Massive struck twice early in the second spell to take the initiative. David Ure equalised after five minutes and Nic Somerton put them ahead two minutes later.

Jason Burgess gave them breathing space with a goal about 20 minutes from time.

Massive coach Johnny Stirton said Carpet Court had the best of the half but a change of formation from 3-5-2 to 4-4-2 made a significant difference in the second stanza.

“We scored the two quick goals and dominated from there.”

Fullback Mitch Turner was Stirton’s player of the day — “he had a great game” — and there were also strong performances from midfielder Kane Stirton and Anders Batarrita.

Young said experience was a key difference.

Massive have seasoned players like Ure, Stirton, Somerton, Chris Spurr and Kieran Ryan while Batarrita would easily make Thistle’s Fed League team if he was available for their longer trips.

Young warned his team that Massive would come at them early in the second half but they “fell asleep” and paid the price.

However, he couldn’t fault Carpet Court’s effort. They were a feeder team to the firsts and would probably battle all season with player depth. A predominantly injured bench did not help on Saturday.

“We weren’t disgraced at all . . . everyone played well,” said Young, who singled out left-winger Zach Destounis for his “100 percent” effort despite an injury he picked up early in the game.

Gisborne United (1) striker Stu Cranswick knows how to score goals. Now he is learning how to coach at the same time.

Cranswick scored twice in their 3-0 win over Gisborne Bohemians (1) at Nelson Park — a team performance with which he was reasonably pleased.

While he didn’t exactly volunteer for the coach’s job, Cranswick said it had been a “pretty good” experience so far.

The game plan on Saturday was to play the ball along the ground more, he said.

It took “at least the first half to figure out what we were doing but it eventually worked”.

Aaron Graham put them ahead with a shot from outside the penalty area and Cranswick doubled it with a strike from a difficult angle, which he reckoned “somehow went in”.

He made it three in the second half when he chipped the advancing keeper from well outside the box.

Wainui Sharks and Riverina AFC fought out a 1-1 draw at “Shark Park” — Wainui’s home turf.

Both goals came in the first half. Shaun Auckram put Riverina ahead but Greg Judd scored an impressive equaliser to deny last year’s Division 2 champions a first win of the season.

“It was a good contest,” Sharks player Mike Vita said.

Thistle Massive lead the table on nine points, with United second on seven and Boys’ High third on six.

Vintage in name, vintage in age, vintage in footballing nature.

Thistle Vintage kept their winning start to the Division 2 season by dismissing Ngatapa Silkies 7-1.

With an average age of 46 — Roger Faber tops the age scale at 55 — Vintage’s mantra is, surprise, surprise, “experience over youth”. They would like it to be comparable to a fine wine but willing minds can’t always control unwilling bodies.

Still, under the expertise of coach Grunta Thomson, and with the likes of Faber and Glen Udall having been there and done that, they are clearly a side capable of lifting the Div 2 trophy.

They emphasised that against Ngatapa, with a win that included doubles to Udall and one of the team’s anomalies, 23-year-old Brad Reynolds, a veritable baby among the grey-haired brigade.

Vintage sit second on the table behind Wairoa Athletic AFC, courtesy of the northern Hawke’s Bay club’s goal difference-ballooning 22-0 demolition of Gisborne Boys’ High School (3) two weeks ago.

Wairoa continued their winning ways with a 3-1 victory over Bohemians (2).

Boys’ High (3), meanwhile, shrugged off their rugby-score pasting by beating United (3) 5-1, their first win of the season.

It was part of a successful weekend for the school sides.

Kieran Blair’s goal in the first five minutes earned GBHS (2) a 1-0 win against Smash Palace Shockers, Campion College whitewashed bottom-of-the-table Liquid All Sorts Thistle 4-0 and Lytton High beat Bohemians (3) 1-0.

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