The Mount Aspiring College 1st XI boys football team has spent August preparing for the NZ Secondary School Jim Wishart Tournament which will be held next week in Blenheim. The team will be busy, playing six games at the four-day tournament and hopefully make the final and improve on their bronze medal placing last year at the Linwood tournament.
The have prepared by playing friendly games throughout the month of August. First up, a game against an invitation Wanaka Men’s team which ended in a 2-2 draw which then went to a penalty shootout which MAC won convincingly. The following Sunday they met Dunstan High School where they came away with a very dominating 11-0 win. Their next opponent was a visiting Gore High School that gave MAC a much needed test which the boys responded to with a hard-fought 2-0 victory.
Their final hit out was against Wakatipu High School who they last played in June in a national qualification match when they battled for a 2-2 draw. Both teams are heading to the same tournament in Blenheim and both teams really badly wanted to win. The match started off very scrappy by both sides, but MAC started to gain control as the match went along and made the most of their opportunities. Wakatipu had their chances but just didn’t capitalise.
The match was very tight until the 60th minute when midfielder Michael Gealogo was brought down inside the box and was rewarded with a penalty kick. Captain Weston Bell stepped up and slotted the bell into the back of the net to give MAC a 1-0 lead which they held on to for the win. MAC will take away a lot of confidence heading into the tournament.