Christchurch United lost against Halswell United, who were number 4 of the table before the round started. With Selwyn United dropping points last week, Christchurch United knew the game would be a chance to come closer, as the league leaders were playing number 3, Waimak United.
The game at the Christchurch Football Centre started off quite slow for Christchurch United, with Halswell United making it hard to play out from the back by pressing very organised. Although Christchurch United created some half chances at first, Halswell United was more dangerous at the other end with some (low) crosses in, but also some shots on goal, with one ending on the outside of the post.
The first half looked like a copy of the last few games that Christchurch United played, with both teams creating several chances to score, but none of them got lucky. Juan Chang did put the ball in the back of the net, but that goal got cancelled after the assistant referee put his flag up for offside. Later on, Halswell United came really close as well, but after a shot went past goalkeeper Lew Gordon, the ball was cleared off the line.
The second half saw Halswell United playing with more intensity than Christchurch United, which saw them creating several good chances to open the score. The best chance came when a penalty kick was rewarded, after one of the strikers was brought down just inside the box, but goalkeeper Lew Gordon managed to keep Christchurch United in the game once again, when saving the penalty.
Despite that, Halswell United opened the score only 5 minutes after the penalty, when even Lew Gordon didn’t have an answer on a shot from the edge of the box. Although Christchurch United tried to push for a late equalizer, like they did one week ago against Waimak United, it came too late, which meant the game ended in a 1-0 loss for Christchurch United.
The loss doesn’t help Christchurch United much on the table, but sees Halswell United climb up to the 3rd spot on the table, on the same amount of points as Christchurch United. Selwyn United remains 10 points above both teams, after a 2-2 draw with Waimak United, who are now in 4th spot on 22 points.
Other senior results:
Christchurch United Reserves 0 – 1 Nomads United
Christchurch United Presidents 3 – 0 Papanui Bearskins
Christchurch United Cows 5 – 2 Halswell United Bombers