Thistle bag six in Napier

Jags score six times and keep clean sheet

Jags score six times and keep clean sheet

ON THE BALL: Thistle striker Kieran Ryan keeps possession despite the attention of two Palmerston North Marist players. Picture by Paul Rickard

GISBORNE Thistle added six to their points tally and 12 to their goals-for column when they beat Red Sox Manawatu 6-0 in Central Federation League football in Napier yesterday.

The match was played for double stakes, as it stood in for home and away fixtures for both teams.

Thistle stay in fourth place but are now only two points behind Wanganui Athletic, who had a bye. Their goal difference is still 10 shy of Wanganui’s, though.

Thistle coach Matt Hastings was delighted with his team.

“We knew how direct Red Sox were, so we wanted to use Kieran Ryan and Kieran Venema as holding midfield players,” he said.

“They both have good defensive qualities and aggression, and are very good on the ball.

“Kieran Ryan would have been our man-of-the-match, if we’d named one, and Kieran Venema wasn’t far behind.”

(With Park Island being neither side’s home ground, no after-match function was held.)

Hastings said 80 percent of the game went through Ryan and Venema.

“They were exceptional for us.”

Thistle lined up with Mark Baple in goal and a back three of Mal Scammell on the right, Liam Ryan in the middle and Riley McMenamin on the left.

Flank players were Nick Land on the right and Jake Robertson on the left.

The central attacking midfielders were Matt McVey and Olly Tilley, while Corey Adams had the forward striking role.

The attacking trio of Adams, McVey and Tilley scored two goals each. Hastings was especially pleased for Adams, who earned praise for his unselfish work ethic, often against the odds.

Weathered the storm

“Red Sox came at us for the first 10 minutes, very direct and with a lot of intensity,” Hastings said.

“We stayed composed, kept our shape and weathered the storm.”

Thistle went 1-0 up through Tilley after 10 minutes, 2-0 up through McVey after 20, and 3-0 up, again through McVey, after 35.

McVey’s first strike was the goal of the game, Hastings said.

From about 40 metres out, on the left, McVey drove infield and goalwards, beating two players, then hitting a right-footed shot from the edge of the penalty area back across the keeper to go in at the bottom left-hand corner.

“At halftime we talked about the job being only half done, and how we needed to kill off the game,” Hastings said.

Adams duly obliged 10 minutes into the second half, with Thistle’s fourth goal, then grabbed another before Tilley closed the scoring 15 minutes from time.

“Red Sox had a small patch in the second half when it looked like they might score, but the back three and Mark Baple were up to the challenge,” Hastings said.

While he was heartened by the overall team performance, Hastings made special mention of holding midfielders Ryan and Venema, attacking players Tilley, McVey and Adams, and defender Scammell, particularly for his distribution.

“The back three were quite clever in possession,” Hastings said.

“They mixed up their passing, playing short, firing it into feet, and then hitting the long ball when it was on, which stretched Red Sox and kept them guessing.”

Thistle’s next game is on Saturday, away to Palmerston North Marist, who sit one place below them on the table.

GISBORNE Thistle added six to their points tally and 12 to their goals-for column when they beat Red Sox Manawatu 6-0 in Central Federation League football in Napier yesterday.

The match was played for double stakes, as it stood in for home and away fixtures for both teams.

Thistle stay in fourth place but are now only two points behind Wanganui Athletic, who had a bye. Their goal difference is still 10 shy of Wanganui’s, though.

Thistle coach Matt Hastings was delighted with his team.

“We knew how direct Red Sox were, so we wanted to use Kieran Ryan and Kieran Venema as holding midfield players,” he said.

“They both have good defensive qualities and aggression, and are very good on the ball.

“Kieran Ryan would have been our man-of-the-match, if we’d named one, and Kieran Venema wasn’t far behind.”

(With Park Island being neither side’s home ground, no after-match function was held.)

Hastings said 80 percent of the game went through Ryan and Venema.

“They were exceptional for us.”

Thistle lined up with Mark Baple in goal and a back three of Mal Scammell on the right, Liam Ryan in the middle and Riley McMenamin on the left.

Flank players were Nick Land on the right and Jake Robertson on the left.

The central attacking midfielders were Matt McVey and Olly Tilley, while Corey Adams had the forward striking role.

The attacking trio of Adams, McVey and Tilley scored two goals each. Hastings was especially pleased for Adams, who earned praise for his unselfish work ethic, often against the odds.

Weathered the storm

“Red Sox came at us for the first 10 minutes, very direct and with a lot of intensity,” Hastings said.

“We stayed composed, kept our shape and weathered the storm.”

Thistle went 1-0 up through Tilley after 10 minutes, 2-0 up through McVey after 20, and 3-0 up, again through McVey, after 35.

McVey’s first strike was the goal of the game, Hastings said.

From about 40 metres out, on the left, McVey drove infield and goalwards, beating two players, then hitting a right-footed shot from the edge of the penalty area back across the keeper to go in at the bottom left-hand corner.

“At halftime we talked about the job being only half done, and how we needed to kill off the game,” Hastings said.

Adams duly obliged 10 minutes into the second half, with Thistle’s fourth goal, then grabbed another before Tilley closed the scoring 15 minutes from time.

“Red Sox had a small patch in the second half when it looked like they might score, but the back three and Mark Baple were up to the challenge,” Hastings said.

While he was heartened by the overall team performance, Hastings made special mention of holding midfielders Ryan and Venema, attacking players Tilley, McVey and Adams, and defender Scammell, particularly for his distribution.

“The back three were quite clever in possession,” Hastings said.

“They mixed up their passing, playing short, firing it into feet, and then hitting the long ball when it was on, which stretched Red Sox and kept them guessing.”

Thistle’s next game is on Saturday, away to Palmerston North Marist, who sit one place below them on the table.

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