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Disappointment down south as Tasman United suffer fourth consecutive defeat

Monday, December 19, 2016
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Project Tasman United clearly still needs some work.

PHILLIP ROLLO

Last updated 20:55, December 17 2016

Project Tasman United clearly still needs some work.

Tasman will head into the Christmas break still searching for answers after being stunned 3-1 by Southern United at Peter Johnstone Park in Mosgiel on Saturday - their fourth consecutive defeat.

Coach Richard Anderson had spoken in the lead up about Southern's quality, having witnessed during the pre-season the damage their six Irish imports, who arrived from the same club, can do.

But Tasman have shown signs of improvement throughout the first eight weeks of the Stirling Sports Premiership proper and Saturday's game against the competition's bottom place team was the perfect opportunity to prove that they deserve to be fighting for higher honours.

With only one point next to their name and having scored just four times, Southern were equally as desperate to turn their fortunes around.

​After all they hadn't won a game since November 28 2015, and an opportunity to end that barren run against the new boys of the league, their nearest rivals on the ladder, was always going to bring the best out of the Southerners.

And that's exactly what transpired.

After a tentative first half, it was two of the Irishmen that rose to the occasion, striker Danny Furlong converting a penalty just three minutes into the second half after being brought down by Daniel Allan, who was carrying an injury, on the edge of the box, before winger Andy Mulligan bagged a double, ultimately earning Southern the long awaited victory.

Tasman substitute Tinashe Marowa had initially brought the deficit back to one following Mulligan's first strike but the visitors were unable to unlock a determined Southern defensive unit again.

Anderson said Tasman struggled to combat Southern's physicality.

"It was unfortunately not the second half I was expecting and arguably us at our worst," he said.

"So ultimately we didn't deserve any points from the second half display and that's exactly what we got.

"If we continue to not move the ball at pace against physical, combative and organised teams to create gaps to play through them then we will continue to have this problem, and it's a problem we really shouldn't be having."

Anderson said when Marowa scored his third goal of the season, he hoped the tide had turned but it wasn't to be, Mulligan scoring just four minutes later.

"We keep shooting ourselves in the foot in defensive situations and handing momentum back to the opposition at times when we should be kicking on," he said.

Anderson made two changes to the starting 11, Dylan Burns returning from injury to take his place in the midfield and striker Nicolas Abot earning his first start. Ryan Stewart and Marowa moved to the bench.

Captain Paul Ifill started on the left side of the back three for the second consecutive week but pushed further forward in the second half when they fell behind.

Tasman flew out of Nelson Airport at 6:20am and Anderson said the early start was noticeable in the performance, making a sluggish beginning to the game.

AT A GLANCE

Southern United 3 (Andy Mulligan 2, Danny Furlong) Tasman United 1 (Tinashe Marowa)

HT: 0-0

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