Sat, Oct 2, 2021 5:07 PM
Suburbs went down 2-1 following a heartbreaking 90th-minute goal to Selwyn United. Photo: Chris Symes/Shuttersport
A forgettable season has come to an end in fitting fashion for Nelson Suburbs.
Any hopes of ending its Southern League campaign with an upset win were thwarted in the final five minutes as two late goals gave Selwyn United an unlikely come from behind victory.
Suburbs appeared to have held Selwyn to a draw until an ugly melee inside the box saw the ball find the net in the final act of the game.
Skipper Sam Ayers says it was a disappointing way to end a disappointing season.
"Not sure what is is but we will regroup for next year."
Nelson made the perfect start at Saxton, striking after only sixty seconds as Ross McPhie capitalise on a defensive calamity by Selwyn.
"Maybe too early, I thought we did pretty well in the first half and then dropped off in the second."
Sam says his side simply couldn't stave off the relentless pressure.
"Can't complain they took their chances and deserved to win."
Josh Moffat limped off early after a hard collision, replaced by Jordan Young.
Suburbs had plenty of chances to stretch the lead in the first with some spectacular shots at goal just off the mark.
Only a stunning save by keeper Pieter-Taco Bierema kept out Yong's brilliant free-kick attempt.
Despite a long scoreless period, the fans were kept entertained with some enterprising football as both teams opted to throw caution to the wind.
Corey Wilson and Bierema exchanged highlight reel saves as Selwyn kept hammering away late, Bierema even coming out of his goal to join the attack.
Luke Blackie finally cracked the Suburbs defence in the 87th minute to square the ledger before Selwyn broke Suburb's hearts four minutes into injury time when Ollie Sims managed to find the back of the net, the visitors erupting in elation.
Selwyn 2 (Blackie 87' Sims 94')
Suburbs 1 (McPhie 1')