Premiere promotion for Selwyn United

PROMOTED: Selwyn celebrate after their 2-1 win over Christchurch United at Foster Park. PHOTO: Tania McKay

Selwyn United have the luxury of giving some of their wider squad a run in their final two rounds in the Canterbury Championship League after sealing the title last week.

The club gained promotion to the Mainland Premier League for the first time in its history last week and are already preparing for life in Canterbury’s elite competition.

“We know it’s a big step up and we probably need to bring in a couple of experienced heads because we are very young,” said Selwyn coach Lee Padmore.

“We won’t be going up just to make the numbers up, it’s not the way we operate. We’re really looking forward to see what we can do and to see if we can trouble some of the top sides,” said Padmore.

The Stallions host Waimak at Foster Park on Saturday and finish their campaign with an away trip to Burwood.

“It will be nice to give some of the really young boys a go and to see how they go in the first team,” said Padmore.

Selwyn have dominated this year’s CCL and wrapped up promotion with a 2-1 win over Christchurch United at Foster Park last Tuesday night. They needed just a draw to gain promotion but won the match with a 91st-minute goal.

“I don’t think there was any better way to win it,” said Selwyn coach Lee Padmore.

As would be expected, the celebrations continued long into the night resulting in some sore heads on Wednesday.

“I think a few of them may have called in sick to work,” said Padmore.

The promotion hangover didn’t last long though. Selwyn didn’t let their standard drop at the weekend and delivered another strong performance to defeat Parklands United 3-1 at Foster Park.