In their last game for qualification for the NZ secondary schools national tournament the MAC Boys First XI football team took on Queenstown’s Wakatipu High on Monday in Wanaka. For both teams this game was a dead-rubber — two losses in the five-team competition meant neither team would advance to nationals, but with bragging rights and school honour on the line there was still plenty to play for.
Both teams equally shared, possessed, and controlled the ball but were very scrappy in the first half and took some time to settle down. MAC were the first to break the deadlock when the ball was played out to left midfielder Ethan Arrati who drove the ball into the Wakatipu box and Arrati got off a solid shot, only to have it rebound off the goalkeeper and into his defender to ricochet into the goal to put MAC up 1-0.
Wakatipu came back with some fine play of their own to equalise just before the break 1-1. The second half was very much like the first, with both teams fighting for control of the ball. The ball found Ethan Arrati in midfield and Arrati got off a rocket that the keeper had no chance to save. MAC 2-1.
Good work from the MAC defence line kept Walatipu out and at bay until a mistake and total miscommunication let them have an easy goal to lock the game up at 2-2, and that is how the game finished.
This isn’t the end of the story with these two teams. Next, both teams will meet again in the Central Otago High School competition and then again in the yearly inter-school sports day between Mount Aspiring and Wakatipu.