Christchurch United struggling to find the net against Burwood

Christchurch United didn’t manage to get away with the full 3 points for the fourth time in the last 5 games. The game against bottom of the table side Burwood ended in a goalless draw.

Mainland Football decided to move the game from Clare Park to English Park, as the rain on Friday affected the ground at Clare Park. The turf at English Park was definitely an advantage for Christchurch United and this saw the boys in blue and white having the ball for most of the time throughout the game. The game started off similar to most of the games this season, with Christchurch United creating several opportunities to open the score, but not converting these opportunities.

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Christchurch United together before the game kicks off.

At the other end of the pitch, the Christchurch United defense didn’t have a lot to worry about, as Burwood wasn’t able to create chances. They came close once in the first 5 minutes of the game, when a ball was punched to corner by Lew Gordon, after a free-kick found the head of a Burwood striker. Just before half-time, Christchurch United created several good chances to go into the half-time break with the lead, but Juan Chang and James Toohey couldn’t find the back of the net.

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Juan Chang with an opportunity just before half-time.

The second half saw a less concentrated Christchurch United than in the first half. Christchurch United turned the ball over too easy and too quick, which gave Burwood the opportunity to counter attack. Just after half-time, Burwood almost opened the score after a miscommunication in the Christchurch United defense, but goalkeeper Lew Gordon kept his goal clean.

In the remaining time of the second half, the boys in blue and white kept pushing for the goal to bring the 3 points back to the Christchurch Football Centre and keep pressure on leaders Selwyn United, but the ball wasn’t going in for the number 2 of the Canterbury Championship League.

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Attacker Emilian Garcia, came on towards the end of the game, making his debut for the first team.

After yesterday’s draw, Christchurch United is now 10 points in behind Selwyn United, who got away with the win against Halswell United. With 8 games to go and the current form of the league leaders, Christchurch United has to hope for multiple missteps by Selwyn United.

Next game for Christchurch United will be played next Saturday at the Christchurch Football Centre. Waimak United will be the opponent, with a 2.30pm kick-off.