Tasman United defender Daniel Allan scores a header against Southern United at Trafalgar Park on Sunday. Photo: Shuttersport.

What a day for Dan


You couldn’t say Daniel Allan wasn’t involved in the game.

The big Tasman United central defender gave away a penalty in the opening minutes of his side’s ISPS Handa Premiership game against Southern United on Sunday, before scoring a goal himself and ending the game with the goalkeepers gloves.

“Yeah, quite a lot happened,” he says.

So much in fact that it caught the eye of New Zealand Football, which named him its player of the week.

Tasman ended up drawing 2-2 with Southern at Trafalgar Park, but it could have been worse when goalkeeper Corey Wilson was sent off for handling the ball outside of the box.

Tasman had already made its three allowed substitutions so Daniel had to slip on the goalkeeper’s shirt and gloves.

“It’s quite nerve wracking back there, but I didn’t make any massive mistakes.”

In fact, Dan looked to have pulled off a big diving save by tipping a free kick onto the post. Unfortunately a Southern striker was there to bury the rebound, which made the score 2-2.

Dan says his experience in goal is limited a few minutes last season as injury cover and a season as a 13 year old.

And he’ll no doubt be hoping those 15 minutes on Sunday will be the only additions to that experience.