Soccer: Smith hat trick tames enthusiastic youth side

By Anendra Singh


For all sense and purpose it was a boys' to men affair in the soccer match played in Napier.

The men, Kinetic Electrical Hawke's Bay United prevailed 3-1 against their academy youth side at Park Island on Saturday.

Leading 2-1 at halftime, Jarrod Smith pumped in a hat-trick. The veteran striker has yet to run on to the park in the ASB Premiership this summer.

The Chris Greatholder-coached senior team resume their campaign against Waikato United at Bluewater Stadium this Sunday in the hunt for their first premiership play-off berth since the competition began.

The Dion Adams-coached franchise youth side will begin their season against their Waikato United counterparts in a curtain-raiser match.

Having come through their fitness test and a robust training after the Christmas break, Greatholder said despite the balmy weather they wanted to see how the troops fared for 90 minutes with minimum substitutions.

With 28-year-old Smith's hat-trick, the pressure will be on the incumbent strikers of golden boot contender Sean Lovemore, English import Stephen Hoyle and homeboy who just made his Bay debut Dakota Lucas.

"He [Smith] was brilliant ... It's a good headache.

"I haven't had one this season, Greatholder said, adding someone would be unfortunate not to make the cut on Sunday.

While the senior men could have scored a few more goals, he felt the youth team had kept his troops honest.

"They [Bay United Youth] were good. They hustled, harried and played some decent football."

- HAWKES BAY TODAY

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