The NRFL kicked off Saturday with both Firsts and reserve teams playing in their first game of the season away at Takapuna.
The Reserves kicked off first hoping to build on a somewhat promising preseason. They started brightly creating a few clear chances but none really troubling the Takapuna keeper. Chris Gage scored first and Takapuna equalized just before half time. 15 minutes into the second half, which only can be described as a shocking refereeing decision, Takapuna were awarded a penalty for a bad tackle, but no player had gone down or even appealed for a penalty and went to take the throw in. Much to the disbelief of all the players and supporters, Takapuna scored the penalty to take a 2-1 lead before rounding out the game with one more with 20 minutes to go to take a 3-1 win. The Reserve boys played well and deserved a point at least and will take many positives into their next game against Ngongotaha away on good Friday.
The first team had a mixed preseason and looked to start the season with what would’ve been considered an upset. New signing Makism Manko started up front in a new look Te Atatu team.
The game started cagey with both teams trying to feel each other out, no teams really making any clear chances. Manko provided a lovely deft chip into the back post for David Carmody to head in and open the scoring. The goal gave Te Atatu the edge as they could smell blood. The game changed when Makism went down under a bad challenge and his NRFL debut for Te Atatu was cut short as he limped off with an injured knee. Fingers crossed its not bad. The game swung in Takapunas favour as the scored following a goal mouth scramble. They then made it 2-1 just before half time to land a killer blow to Te Atatu. Another dubious penalty decision went against Te Atatu with the referee pointing to the spot following an alleged hand ball, much to the puzzlement of the supporters behind the goal. Takapuna made in 3-1 which almost took the wind out of Te Atatu’s sail, but credit to the boys who kept playing some wonderful football. Another new signing Andy Dalton made it 3-2 after linking up nicely with Mene Apelu in the box to cause Takapuna some trouble in the last 20 minutes. The home side was reduced to 10 men after a shocking two foot challenge on Ranesh Krishnan, who luckily was okay to continue. Whilst Te Atatu pushed forward for an equalizer Takapuna scored the killer blow just before full time to make it 4-2. Te Atatu again deserved more than what they got and will feel hard done by with some of the decisions but will look forward to Friday to bounce back quickly and head up the table.
Te Atatu AFC are pleased to announce the signing of Maksim Manko for the 2018 NRFL Season.
The club is looking to develop both on and off the field and with the signing of a player of Maksim Manko quality this is a huge step in the right direction.
Maksim comes to Te Atatu with a wealth of experience having played National League for both Waitakere United & WaiBob and also Overseas playing professionally in Argentina & Costa Rica and this will surely set the team in good stead.
Once again welcome aboard Maksim the club and members look forward to enjoying what you put on display in 2018.
Please look out for Maksim around the club and say hi.
Te Atatu AFC is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Daniel Eisenhut (Head Coach) and his respective team to lead the clubs 1st Team and Reserve Team for the 2018 season.
Daniel Eisenhut – 027 567 0028
We as a club are excited about the addition of Danny and his team and look forward to working with them immediately to position ourselves for a competitive 2018 season. We feel after completing a robust process this team will offer a professional experience and environment to the players and add to the knowledge and passion of the club.
“The team and I are very excited about the challenge ahead, We have been given a fantastic opportunity to build something special for the club, supporters and players to be a part of in 2018. Last season was a difficult season for the club, It is now on us as a coaching group to implement our vision and values that will inspire and breed success”
“I am very humbled to be given this opportunity. I am very fortunate to have had great times and achieved success with this club already in the past. I now look forward to repaying some of this by playing an influential role at the club and hopefully delivering more success, Roll on 2018”.