The Wānaka Senior Reserve men’s team played their best game of the season last Saturday which was a great way to finish their season with a fantastic 3-0 win over Alexandra B — a team they have lost to twice already this season.
The Wānaka team were on a roll from their victory over Cromwell B last week and their narrow loss to division two leaders Charruas FC the week before and their win over Arrowtown at the start of round three saw them put together a complete performance with good attacking football with solid defence.
From the first whistle both teams were looking to control the game and for the first 25 minutes it was a very even game with both teams sharing the ball equally and having chances. The breakthrough came when the Reserves made a technical substitution bringing on an extra striker and changing their formation from a 4-1-4-1 to a diamond 4-4-2 . The moved paid off instantly with new man on the pitch, Mike Copleston, scoring the first goal of the match to go into the halftime break 1-0 up.
The second half it was more of the same with the Reserves making most of the play but Alexandra did have their moments and the Wānaka keeper, Juan-Lucas, was called upon to make a couple of really good saves but the Wānaka boys kept pushing and were rewarded again with another goal by Mike Colpleston. The goal of the day came near the end of the match with Wānaka making another fine move down the pitch with some great interchange play involving left mid and captain, Mikey Bopp, who found Striker Zak Harbidge who laid up a nice pass back to center midfielder Scott Mitchell who made no mistake and put it into the back of the net to give the Wānaka AFC Senior Reserve team their fourth win in their last game of the season. This took them from the bottom of the table to third place but with games still to be played next weekend in the Central Otago football league where the Reserves have a bye. The Wānaka Senior Reserves want to thank all their supporters for supporting them and their coach wants to thank all this players for giving their best.