Bottom of the table Southern United rode the luck of the Irish to secure a draw against Waitakere United at Fred Taylor Park Sunday afternoon.
The men from the deep south boast 5 players from the Emerald Isle in their ranks and are marshalled by another Irishman in Paul O’Reilly and they needed all of that good fortune to come away with a point.
Early on Waitakere United captain, Jake Butler, appeared to bundle the ball over the goal line from a corner but the officials failed to award a goal and play continued. It wasn’t long before the captain had his revenge with a crisp finish on the angle giving the home side a 1 nil lead. That lead couldn’t be sustained though as Julyan Collett felled the southerner’s playmaker Danny Ledwith who dusted himself off to score from the spot with a well-placed penalty.
The drama continued early in the second half when Waitakere’s German import Stefan Thelen looked to have been fouled in the penalty area but the referee was unmoved and waived play on. As the half wore on Southern were content to sit deep and try and hit the home side on the break, that tactic paid off when Andy Mulligan’s cross from wide on the left was headed past Waitakere keeper Pirmin Strasser’s net by retreating defender David Parkinson.
With time running out and Southern retreating deeper into their half it was Scott Hilliar who was the unlikely saviour for the home side pouncing on a loose ball in the area too finish past Liam Little in the Dunedin sides goal.
Waitakere United now sit in second place in the Stirling Sports Premiership, their next home game is against defending champions Team Wellington Sunday November 20th at Trusts Arena 2pm.