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Canterbury United

Auckland City


NZFC - Semi-Final 1st Leg,
English Park, 
Sunday 4 April 2010


Gareth Rowe 7

Jason Hayne 20
Daniel Koprivcic 30 



Halftime: 1 - 2                      Referee: Chris Kerr                               Crowd: 1025 

Auckland bounce back from early setback

by Gavin Searle at English Park

Defending champions Auckland City had to come from a goal behind before taking a healthy 2-1 lead into the second leg of their semi-final at Kiwitea St with Canterbury United next Sunday.

It was costly mistakes at the back by Canterbury that gave this game to Auckland City and they now must be strongly favoured to reach their fifth NZFC grand final on 25 April.

Canterbury took an early lead when defender Gareth Rowe scored his first goal of the season from a corner.

Auckland replied with a goal of supreme quality with James Pritchett leading a counter attack down the right hand touch line before he delivered a cross which saw four Auckland attackers lining up to meet the cross.

In the end it was the impressive Jason Hayne who headed home pass Canterbury keeper, Tom Batty, to bring the scoreline level and provide the home side with a healthy dose of reality about play-off football.

Ten minutes later Auckland took the lead and a mistake by Rowe allowed Daniel Koprivcic in for an easy goal.

It was a hammer blow for Canterbury after such a promising start.

Auckland then controlled play for a period into the second half with the home side then pressing hard for an equalising goal in the final minutes of the game but with little luck.

On the balance of play Auckland deserved their win and Canterbury will be looking to kept their rivals scoreless in the return leg if they have any hope of making their second final appearance - and score twice themselves, something they have yet to achieve in Auckland this season.

"We are disappointed but we are not out of it, it (the play-off) is only half time. Late in the second half I felt we had them under the cosh and a bit of luck did not go our way," Keith Braithwaite said.

"We have just played the best team in the country and they scored through our mistakes. We made mistakes and they punished us, it was the same the other week when we lost to them 3-1 but we are learning the hard way".

"We know what we have to do next week and we will give them a go up there", said Braithwaite.

"This is a tough place to come and play and we are thrilled with the result. The goals we took were as a result of good finishing for a change, so it is really pleasing. We had talked a lot about creating but not finishing so it was good to finish a couple today", said Auckland coach Paul Posa.

The return match is scheduled for Sunday 11 April, 2010, at Kiwitea Street with the kick-off time yet to be confirmed.


Team Sheet

Canterbury United


Auckland City

18. Tom Batty (gk)

1. Jacob Spoonley (gk)

4. Gareth Rowe (capt)

3. Ian Hogg

5. Matt Boyd

5. Matt Williams

6. Andy Pitman

6. Ki-Hyung Lee out 86

7. Aaron Clapham

7. James Pritchett out 80

9. Russell Kamo

8. Chad Coombes

11. Tom Lancaster out 75

11. Daniel Koprivcic out 75

12. Nick Wortelboer

15. Ivan Vicelich (capt)

15. Paul Dirou

16. Jason Hayne

17. Glen Collins

17. Adam McGeorge

19. Darren Overton out 70

20. Greg Uhlmann



1. Chris Sinclair (rgk)

4. Sam Campbell in 80

10. Andrew Barton in 75

9. Paul Urlovic

13. Hue Frame

13. Alex Feneridis in 86

16. Daniel Burns in 70

18. Paul Gothard (rgk)

23. Jordan Swaney

22. Adam Dickinson in 75


=yellow card

=2 yellow cards

= red card


Play by Play

Welcome to English Park for the 1st leg semi-final between Canterbury United and Auckland City. vernight rain will have soften up the pitch with conditions overcast. In the curtain raiser in the youth league semi-final Canterbury United defeated Auckland-Manukau 3 - 0. 

1 min

Chris Kerr gets the game underway

3 mins

First chancne to Auckland but easily cleared by Canty defender

5 min

Coombes claimes for a penalty but ref back near centre circle as Hogg is on the ground

7 min

GOAL 1 - 0 Canty take the lead from a cormer first shot by Boyd is blocked by Spoonley but Rowe on hand to scamble ball over the line

10 min

Auckland looking to get forward via Coombes but Wortelboar equal to the task

11 min

Canty free-kick to left of goal 35 metres out but comes to nothing

15 min

Play has been even to date with both keepers having little to do so far

20 min

GOAL 1 - 1 Quickly counter by Auck down the right touch line by Pritchett and pin point cros headed home by Hayne!

25 min

Auck win free-kick but Batty up high to take

27 min

Auck win first corner Uhlmann up high buts heads wide

29 min

GOAL 1 - 2 Error at the back proves costly for Canty as Koprivcic scores easily to give Auckland the lead  

34 min

Canty win corner by danager cleared

38 min

Auck looking more danagerous the longer the game goes

40 min

Good Canty build up finally comes to end as Vicelich clears ball

42 min

Auck win free-kick as Pitman and McGeorge do not see eye to eye

45 min

Kamo on ball but cross blocked

45 min

There will be one minute added time

HT 1 - 2 Both teams head to the break with Auckland looking in control. Canty connot afford to concede further goals if the have any hope of reaching the final. The ref will have to keep things in control as tempers looked to boil over several times late in the half  

46 min

Play back underway

47 min

Auckland attack end as Pritchett mis hit sho and goes well wide

49 min

Form as Canty free-kick Spoonley punches clear under pressure from Boyd

50 min

Quickly attack by Canty has ball sweeping upfield but final pass over goal line

54 min

Hayne to the side to receive treatment after brought down in middle of the park but quickly back on 

56 min

Two quick saves from Batty to keep Canty in the game

60 min

Clapham hits Canty freekick wide

63 min

Canty looking to press forward in numbers when ever they which at times is leaving gaps at the back

66 min

Clapham run into area but checked by Vicelich

68 min

Vicelich again on had to clear cross from right

70 min

Sub Canty first to use bench as urns replaces Overton

73 min

Lancaster shot on turn taken by Spooney

75 min

Subs Canty replaces Lancaster for Barton and Auckland brings off Koprivcic for ickinson

78 min

Batty out to save from McGeorge

80 min

Sub Auckland to the bench again with Campbell replacing Pritchett

81 min

Boyd goes close for Canty but Spoonley saves

82 min

Cross from Kamo turned away for Canty corner

85 min

Play now switching from end to end but Canty cannot afford to drop another goal

86 min

From Canty freekick Rowe heads just wide of goal

86 min

Sub Auck relaces Lee with Feneridis 

88 min

Kamo just fails to make contact with ball from freekick

90 min

3 mins added time

90 min + 2

Canty win freekick but in their own half

90 min + 3

FT 1 - 2 Auckland in the box seat heading into the 2nd leg as Kiwitea St