Hibiscus Coast have won the national U-19s men’s satellite tournament at Napier after beating Northland 1-0 in a tense final on Labour Monday.
Taine Bracken scored the winner in the 32nd minute to take advantage of a Northland side who were reduced to 10-men when Morgan Tirney was sent off in the 29th minute.
Despite playing a man down, Northland made it difficult for Coast and had the chance to level with four minutes left when they were awarded a penalty.
But the Coast ‘keeper flung himself to his left, palming away the spot kick to keep Northland scoreless.
The post-match stats, showed Coast had the advantage of play, with three shots, compared to Northland’s 2.
Coast forced three corners, while Northland had one.
Main photo: The Hibiscus Coast U-19 team. Photo credit: @Jermascz via Facebook.
The three-day annual tournament was successfully hosted by Napier City Rovers.
Tournament win continues dream season
The tournament success caps a golden year for the Hibiscus Coast club.
The side won promotion to next year’s Lotto NRFL Men’s Premiership, while their women’s team won the NRF Women’s Championship and Carol Waller Cup.
Game played on Monday October 24, 2022
Hibiscus Coast 1 (Taine Bracken 32′)
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