Individual goalscoring feats played a big part in the latest round of Central and Southern League fixtures.
Top of the list was Josh Tollervey (19) who struck four goals for the Wellington Phoenix reserves, including a first-half hat-trick, before being substituted and then red-carded after the final whistle.
Tollervey scored in the 19th, 25th, 39th and 49th minutes to help the Phoenix reserves to a 4-3 Central League win at Whanganui Athletic’s Wembley Park.
He was subbed in the 69th minute but received a red card after the match for using offensive language and/or gestures towards a match official.
In the Southern League, Christchurch United beat Coastal Spirit 4-0 at Linfield Park, with Sam Philip (23) scoring a hat-trick in his second game for the club since joining from US National Premier Soccer League side New York Shockers.
Philip, who played for Nomads United, Wellington United and the Wellington Phoenix youth side before going to the United States, scored twice in his United debut a week earlier, helping them to a 2-0 win against Green Island.
Main photo: Sam Philip … five goals in his two games for Christchurch United.
Christchurch United’s fourth goal against Spirit was scored by new signing Eoghan Stokes (26), making his debut.
Philip’s five goals are only shadowed by Cashmere Technical’s Garbhan Coughlan (30) who grabbed two goals, including a penalty, in his side’s 4-1 win at Nelson Suburbs.
They take his season tally to six after two rounds, after his four-goal effort in Technical’s season-opening 6-0 rout of FC Twenty 11.
Coughlan shared last season’s men’s National League Golden Boot.