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Chris Mathieson of Thistle gives his best performance in win over Western of Christchurch in 1966.......
There was a ton of soccer played when Thistle of Invercargill beat Western of Christchurch. In the first 30 minutes Western dominated with Thistle looking weary and it was not until after the first 30 that they looked like they wanted to be there.
Once Thistle settled their midfield of Ronald Kolk, Gavin Gondie and Mike O'Donnell worked hard to keep the ball up to the forwards.
The score at half time was 2-2.
In the first 20 minutes after half time, it was Thistle's turn to dominate and kept the pressure on Western by camping inside their half.
Western goalie, P. MacDonald was kept very busy saving goals, his play was of a high standard and he did not let his team down.
Chris Mathieson of Thistle gave his best performance that year and showed how good he is at dribbling the ball at pace.
Steve Erickson at centre back and Robbie Dick at left back seemed to find the conditions trying and did not seem their usual selves.
Lance Howley, captain took a while to settle into the game and once he did made several dangerous runs through the centre.
Ronald Kolk deserved to win the 'Man of the Match" award.
Hugh Scott on the right wing supported unreservedly to his midfield, while Ted Mathieson on the other wing ensured the Western defence had to work hard to contain his constant attacking.
Hec McKinnell, the veteran of the team showed his experience and skills with simple intelligent play.
Les Hyland scored a brillant header for Western, and then his team mate, Steve Wilson matched him to put Western ahead 2-1.
Western had the chance to equalise in the dying minutes but Wayne Newsome misjudged the ball and the chance was gone.
It was thanks to the Dunedin referee, K. Hollebon that he kept a tight control over the players, but allowed the game to flow.
Wayne Glendenning scores last minute goal to seal win over Technical in Invercargill in 1966........
Wayne Glendenning scored the winning goal in the last minute of play between United and Technical to give his team a 2-1 win.
Technical equalised with a Shorty Stenhouse goal.
Wayne Raynor for United played well and was aptly supported by centre, Brian Swales.
Reference: Feast Of Goals In Soccer. The Southland Times July 1976....