Christchurch United bounced back from last week’s disappointing result, with a convinving 5-0 win at home over Parklands United.
From the first whistle on, Christchurch United dominated the game and looked very determined to keep the 3 points at Yaldhurst Road. The team showed their strengths by playing around the opponent through the midfield and this resulted in an early opening goal, when Ezequiel Junior escaped from the Parklands defenders. Short after, Christchurch United doubled the score, when Henry Finnis reacted first after a shot was saved by the goalkeeper.
Although Christchurch United was controlling the game, Parklands came out dangerous a few times, but not converting any of their chances into a goal, despite hitting the woodwork twice. Another goal from Christchurch United’s winger Eziquel Junior, expanded the lead and saw the team going into the half-time break comfortable, with a 3-0 lead.
The second half saw a Christchurch United side controlling the game even more, creating several chances and not allowing Parklands to score a goal. It took about 15 minutes into the second half before the boys in blue and white got to score another goal. Juan Chang set up his former Canterbury United team mate Colin van Gool, to score the 4-0, and his 4th goal of the season.
Mike O’Connor, who had been injured for a month, came on with 25 minutes to go, and celebrated his comeback with a goal, after a good low strike in the far corner. Parklands almost scored one back in the final minutes of the game, but goalkeeper Lew Gordon was determined to keep his 5th clean sheet of the season.
Coming Tuesday, Christchurch United will play the quarter final in the English Cup. Mainland Premier League leaders Cashmere Technical will be the opponent at Christchurch Football Centre, with the game starting at 7pm.
The next competition game will be next Saturday, when Selwyn United is coming down to the Christchurch Football Centre, for a game between the top-2 of the Canterbury Championship League. Kick-off is at 2.30pm.
Other Senior Results:
Christchurch United Reserves 3 – 0 Halswell United
Christchurch United Pressies 2 – 1 Uni the Juggs
Christchurch United Cows 11 – 0 Uni Pressies