Canterbury United made it two from two in the ASB Premiership on Sunday, claiming a 2-1 victory over Team Wellington in their first home match of the year at ASB Football Park in Christchurch.
A fifth minute own goal from Team Wellington’s Anthony Hobbs gave Willy Gerdsen’s side a great start in Sunday’s SKY Sport televised clash and when Angus Kilkolly skipped clear of the Team Wellington rear guard to score in the 72nd minute, the result seemed secure.
But the visitors pushed again looking for a way back into the contest – having rebounded twice from deficits in their opening fixture against WaiBOP United last week – and they did threaten on several occasions in the final stages.
The best opportunity saw Canterbury United ‘keeper Coey Turipa make an outstanding save from a Cole Peverley free-kick. The resulting corner produced a penalty for the visitors in stoppage time which Peverley tucked home for the final score.
To make matters worse for Matt Calcott’s team, they finished the match with 10 men after the dismissal of Luis Corrales by referee Chris Kerr with 12 minutes to go.
Gerdsen, although happy with the result, said his team under-performed in a match which saw defenders Julyan Collett and Brock Messenger pick up injuries.
“I think it was a very scrappy game, it’s not as well as we can play,” Gerdsen said.
“On the positive side we’ll take the three points. We have two wins out of two games against good opponents. On the downside, we can play much better.
“We have the problem now facing Auckland City away next Sunday and we’ll have two defenders in Julyan Collett and Brock Messenger out.”