It has been a tough season for the Canterbury United Dragons football team, and their last home game of the season was no exception. On Sunday they faced the Wellington Phoenix Reserves at English Park. Their fate at the foot of the table seems sealed with only two matches to play, and only two wins plus other results going their way could deny them the wooden spoon. However, the match against the Wellington side had a bright side for one North Canterbury footballer.
With the Dragons down 1-0 with barely minutes to go, former Waimak United player, Luke Tongue, found the back of the net, following a corner only being partially cleared. The Phoenix defence could only watch as their attempt to clear the box, fell to Tongue, who smashed the ball goal bound. It was one to savour for Tongue who had previously spent much of his high school years with the Wellington Phoenix Academy.
The Phoenix Reserves had scored their goal midway through the first half, in a 45 minutes they had dominated. The Canterbury United Dragons fought hard in the second half to get back into the match, with possession much more even, and the Dragons finishing with more shots on goal. Tongue’s goal in added time, gave the Dragons a much needed point, and a positive note to finish the home season.