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Tough to take loss

In the penultimate round of the Canterbury Championship football men’s football league, Waimak met FCTwenty11 at Kendall Park.  Waimak got off to a great start when a closely marked Danny Loney found enough room to get a shot off and slide the ball into the back of the net. However, FCTwenty11 began to exert some pressure of their own and found an equaliser and it was 1-1 heading into the break.
Inexplicably, FCTwenty11 earned a penalty, for a foul which appeared neither a foul nor in the box and converted for a 2-1 lead.  Waimak, to their credit continued to play some good football and found an equaliser of their own, when Luke Fraser won a header, flicking it on to the in-coming Lucas Clark at the back post. His powerful shot was saved but parried to James Price, who made no mistake on the follow up.

Unfortunately for Waimak, they had another penalty given against them in the dying minutes, when Clark resolutely cleared the ball out of the box, and apparently his trailing leg clipped an opposition player. Again, seemingly not a penalty, but the referee’s decision is final, and so the match ended a 3-2 win to FCTwenty11. This confirms a fourth-place finish for Waimak, with one final match to play.
It is still all to play for in the CCL Reserve league. The Waimak team had a 2-2 draw with FCTwenty11. This leaves them in second place, a point behind Halswell, with a game to play.  Next week’s results will decide the league, with Waimak playing 4th placed Burwood, and Halswell playing third placed FCTwenty11.

In the women’s CWC league, Waimak had a dominant performance against Halswell winning 7-1. They are still in fourth place in their league, with two games to play, and only 5 points off the top.

In the Canterbury United Development Leagues, the 15th grade lost 1-8 to Christchurch United. The 14th grade had a narrow defeat 2-3 to Cashmere Technical, and the 13’s had a 2-2 draw with Nomads.

The 18th grade girls were knocked out of their cup competition, losing their semi-final to SAS 0-3. 
However, the 14th grade girls won their semi-final 3-2 against the same club, and advance to the final.

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