From the Dugout – Matchweek 7, ISPS Handa Men’s Premiership

Hawkes Bay coach Christopher Greatholder hugs his captain Fergus Neil after a 2-1 win over Eastern Suburbs AFC. © Copyright image by Andrew Cornaga /

The return of the ISPS Handa Men's Premiership for Matchweek 7 threw up some surprising results and movement in the table.


9 January

Wellington Phoenix 1 (Oskar Van Hattum 19)

Canterbury United 1 (Finn Surman OG 23’)


10 January

Hamilton Wanderers 1 (Derek Tieku 45’)

Team Wellington 1 (Mario Barcia 42’)

Scott Hales, Team Wellington head coach

“Going into the game we were pretty refreshed, but then on Thursday and Saturday we had a couple of injuries, so some players came out the squad, but you kind of expect that with a break and with players having more than 10, 11 days off - it's always difficult when you come back.

“Obviously Mario’s scored a great goal on his hundredth game, so congratulations to him. A bit of a difficult game, a pretty cagey affair. They're very aggressive in the front three and the two midfielders makes it quite difficult to, to play out and get out when it's a hot, humid, dry pitch. But in saying that I think 1-all is probably a fair result.”


Eastern Suburbs 1 (Reid Drake 70’)

Hawke’s Bay United 2 (Gavin Hoy 56’, 63’)


Waitakere United 0

Auckland City FC 3 (Mohamed Awad 11’; Logan Rogerson 23’; Cameron Howieson 48’)


The goals weren't half bad either. Get your vote in for your favourite for Teak Goal of the Week!

Article added: Monday 11 January 2021


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