NZFC - Week 17
Fred Taylor Park
Sunday 14 March, 2010
Allan Pearce 35
Michael Gwyther 78-pen
Halftime:2-0 Referee: Matt Conger Crowd:456
by Bob Pearce at Fred Taylor Park
Roy Krishna scored a hat-trick as Waitakere United finished their regular season with a 4-2 victory over a feisty Waikato team at Fred Taylor Park.
The win keeps the West Aucklanders a point clear of Auckland City at the top of the NZFC and assured of a semi-final place. But Auckland would have to lose their last two games to concede the title to their cross-town rivals.
After something of a goal-scoring famine early in the season, Waitakere strikers have been feasting in recent games.
It took more than half an hour for them to break the deadlock with Waikato, who had the better of the opening quarter and forced a series of corners that could easily have produced goals.
But a double strike within a couple of minutes changed the balance of the game and they were never seriously in contention after that.
First Benjamin Totori floated a perfectly weighted cross from the right across the Waikato goal and Krishna timed his run well to head his first goal in the 34th minute.
Almost immediately on the restart careless defending left Allan Pearce unmarked to capitalise on a loose ball.
A two-nil deficit at the break didn't look insurmountable for the visitors. But four minutes from the restart Jack Pelter lasered a pinpoint pass from deep in defence to provide Krishna with his second.
It was 4-0 in the 55th minute in somewhat controversial circumstances. Referee Matt Conger awarded Waitakere a penalty. Krishna took the spot kick but goalie Scott Robinson dived to his left to make a brilliant save.
Sadly for Robinson, the referee ordered the kick to be retaken for incursion and Krishna made no mistake given a second chance to complete his hat-trick.
Waikato deserved better than a 4-0 defeat and they had late consolation, first from a penalty by Michael Gwyther in the 78th minute and then an 87th minute goal for Maurie Wasi when Liam Little in the Waitakere spilled a ball in the goalmouth and he won the race to get the final touch.
Waitakere player-coach Neil Emblen, who stayed on the bench, was delighted to see his team again rack up four goals.
"Some of our attacking play was really good," he said. "We stepped off the gas a bit when the game became a little bit easy. But you have to excuse that at this stage of the season.
"Every game now is a cup final for us and the players don't want to miss anything by getting injured. Roy really enjoyed himself today but I thought our clear player-of -the-day was Allan Pearce, who played super. He kept it simple and his work-rate was exceptional."
Che Bunce, stretching his weary legs after his first season as player-coach of Waikato had mixed feelings - disappointed to lose but pleased at the way his team never gave up.
"In the first quarter we did really well, forced about 10 corners and had chances. But two individual errors put them 2-0 up. Then there was a dubious penalty. But credit to my boys for coming back.
"In the second half of the season we've come together as a team and several of our losses have been by one goal. We've just made too many errors"
Bunce has not been put off coaching by his tough year in the NZFC. "I'd like to carry on. I got thrown in at the deep end and it's hard to keep fit and coach. There's a lot of work to be done but I'd like to continue."
22 Liam Little (GK)
26 Scott Robinson (GK)
2 Jason Rowley
2 Che Bunce
3 Aaron Scott
4 Charlie Hoyle
7 Martin Bullock
5 Joe Simpkins (Stewart 72)
8 Brent Fisher (Lucas 73)
6 Jason Chewins
9 Benjamin Totori(Del Monte 81)
7 Tewi Te Pou
10 Allan Pearce
8 David Samson(Wasi 73)
11 Neil Sykes
10 Michael Gwyther
12 Roy Krishna (De Vries 67)
13 Shaun Van Rooyen
18 Zane Sole
19 Jeff Campbell
21 Jack Pelter
23 Alex Barlow
1 Danny Robinson (RGK)
1 Alex Carr (RGK)
14 Luis Del Monte
9 Dan Rattray
16 Neil Emblen
16 Paul Stewart
19 Dakota Lucas
20 Nikolai Molijn
20 Ryan De Vries
24 Maurie Wasi
=2 yellow cards
= red card
Liam Little gets a chance in goal for Waitakere. Coach Emblen is on the bench
Waitakere City team who won league in 1999 on hand, enjoying reunion. Some look fit enough to take field again.
Waikato on attack freekick on edge of area
Campbell freekick sails wide.
Corner to Waikato, headed back across goal, final shot wide. Chewins and Little clash heads.
Chewins flips Pearce freekick, Krishna blazes header over bar.
Waikato defending raising goalie's blood pressure
Freekick to Waitakere, taken by Sykes, blazed away by Sole
Corner to Waikato, Bunce header saved by Little.
Yellow card Bunce for tackle on Krishna. Also yellow for Hoyle. freekick cleared with difficulty.
Long range shot by Pearce, keeper sights it late but saves.
Fisher wriggles through defence but shot hits outside of post.
Good run by Totori but cross untouched.
Another Waikato corner. Gwyther header just wide.
Defence serves up ball on plate for Totori who manages to lose out to goalie with goal yawning in front
Gwyther wastes good chance by shooting when pass would have split the defence.
Play swinging end to end, quality mixed, excitement level high
Another Waikato corner, first cleared by Pelter second caught by Little.
Van Rooyen crosses from left ,Samson miskicks in front of goal
Campbell pass splits defence, Gwyther shoots straight at goalie.
GOAL! Totori delivers perfect cross from right, Krishna leaps high to head home.
GOAL! Pearce profits as Waikato defence hesitates.
Chewins yellow, Bullock freekick defects for corner
Robinson blocks shots from Krishna and Scott. Waitakere are starting to dominate
Bullock piledriver tipped over top by Robinson
45 mins plus one
Three minutes to be added.
45 plus two
Campbell to Te Pou shot blocked.
45 plus four
Halftime Waitakere 2-0, but Waikato have had plenty of chances to get on the board.
Emblen warming up for second half action
Pearce shows pace but shoots over top
GOAL! Long pass from Pelter finds Krishna who has great first touch and then buries shot.
Little struggles to hold Campbell shot, but defence comes to rescue
Barlow fouls Pearce in front of goal. Robinson saves Krishna spot kick diving to left. Ref has it taken again for encroachment.
GOAL! Krishna retakes penalty and makes no mistake.
Robinson saves from pearce at close range.
Gwyther through but outfoxed by goalie
Sub De Vries on for Krishna. Three is enough!
Bunce brings down Pearce, Fisher freekicjk over bar
Robinson saves well from Totori and De Vries.
Bunce goal-line clearance from Fisher
Sub Stewart on for Simpkins
Sub Lucas on for Fisher, Wasi on for Samson
GOAL! Ref decides defender infringed and awards penalty. Gwyther scores.
Sub Totori off Del Monte on.
GOAL! Cross mishandled by Little. Te Pou gets a touch and Wasi claims the goal.
Four minutes extra.
90 plus two
Freekick to Waikato on edge of area.Wall block s kick
90 plus four
Fulltime whistle blows. Both teams have finished regular games. Waikato finished for season Waitakere on to semis after a couple of O-League commitments