WaiBOP United has missed the chance to put a hand on ASB Premiership leaders after going down 2-0 to Canterbury in what could be a tolling loss for Peter Smith’s side on the injury front.
Key WaiBOP midfield defender Adam Luque suffered what looks like a serious left knee injury midway through the first half, and goal striker Mark Jones left the field in rough shape late in the 2-0 loss to Canterbury United.
WaiBOP continued a sorry trend of ASB Premiership results in Christchurch, still yet to win against Canterbury United away from home.
Brilliant goals from Angus Kilkolly and Brock Messenger saw Canterbury cruise to an easy 2-0 victory.
The full story:
Players were taking a tumble all over the park as a physical game took shape, but it was Canterbury United who had Zac Speedy keeping himself busy in WaiBOP’s penalty box.
A major knee injury to key WaiBOP defender Adam Luque halted play for a long period of time.
Speedy continued his fine form, keeping out several testing shots during the first half.
Canterbury United were left fuming at the end of the first half when from a corner, attacker Brock Messenger was brought down aggressively in the penalty box, but the whistle was not blown.
Justice was served for Canterbury United shortly after though,
Angus Kilkolly found himself in open space with only Zac Speedy to beat after a brilliant through ball, his time the WaiBOP goalkeeper couldn’t keep the ball out, and Canterbury United were in the lead 1-0.
Chasing the game, WaiBOP enjoyed a lot of possession but struggled to find opportunities on goal.
Mark Jones made a hash of the perfect opportunity to level the scores, booting the ball far too high over the crossbar, and when Jones succumbed to injury minutes later, Canterbury United were about to put the game away.
Brock Messenger connected with a brilliant corner cross, sending the ball sailing into the back of the net to put Canterbury up by 2-0.
At a glance
Canterbury United 2 (Angus Kilkolly ’47, Brock Messenger ’84)
WaiBOP United 0