Fuji Xerox Football Report
There is no change to the 2019 pecking order after three rounds of the Trevor Rigby Cup. Last year’s finalists Hutt International Boys’ School (HIBS) and Scots College sit pretty at the top of the table with a hat-trick of convincing victories.
On Saturday Scots beat Rongotai College 3-0 and HIBS defeated St Patrick’s College, Silverstream 2-0 in an eagerly anticipated local derby.
At a wind-swept Trentham Racecourse HIBS played with the assistance of the stiff southerly in the first half and pressed forward with urgency and precision.
Daniel Makowem and Sam Rioga were particularly threatening down the flanks and Finn Seeds and Theo Jones worked tirelessly in the middle as Silverstream was squeezed inside their own territory.
HIBS breakthrough arrived in the 17th minute when Jones profited from a slick build-up which left Stream keeper Tommy Shand essentially stranded.
Rioga scored a staggering 32 goals in the junior competition last season and secured his fourth in the First XI just before halftime when Silverstream failed to clear a corner and Rioga emerged strongest among the congestion.
Silverstream enjoyed a greater share of possession in the second half, but rarely threatened Mitchell Cooper who kept his fourth clean sheet in six games.
In fact, the best chance for a goal went to HIBS when midway through the period multiple shots bounced off Silverstream defenders and somehow stayed out. Jacob Marshall, Jacob Hansen and Elijah Tyson were perhaps the best of the visitors. HIBS captain Jayden Arkinstall and Dominic Kennerly were rock solid defensively.
Silverstream suffered their first defeat in eight matches and reside third on the local standings with six points.
Scots defeated Rathkeale College 3-0 with Charlie Batchelor in superior form scoring twice. In other matches, Wellington College bounced back from their midweek traditional defeat to St Pat’s Town to narrowly account for Rathkeale College 2-1. Meanwhile, Town couldn’t emulate their Wednesday success beaten soundly by Wairarapa College 4-1.
Meanwhile in the girls Capital Football Trophy Wellington Girls and Wellington East hold down the top of the table, both undefeated with 2 wins and 1 draw good for 7 points on the table. They went head to head last week in what was an entertaining 2-2 draw.
Onslow and St Mary’s sit 3 & 4 in the standings with 2 wins and 1 lose good for 6 points. After not conceding a goal in 180 minutes of premier football St Mary’s were brought back down to earth loosing to Onslow 8-0.
Hutt Valley High, Sacred Heart and Marsden all with 1 win and 2 loses follow. With Paraparaumu yet to win a game despite being very competitive.
The next round of the girls competition is set for Wednesday 12 August.
-Story Courtesy of College Sport Media