NZFC - Semi-Final 1st Leg,
Sunday 4 April 2010
Gareth Rowe 7
Jason Hayne 20
Halftime: 1 - 2 Referee: Chris Kerr Crowd: 1025
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.
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
=2 yellow cards
= red card
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.
Chris Kerr gets the game underway
First chancne to Auckland but easily cleared by Canty defender
Coombes claimes for a penalty but ref back near centre circle as Hogg is on the ground
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
Auckland looking to get forward via Coombes but Wortelboar equal to the task
Canty free-kick to left of goal 35 metres out but comes to nothing
Play has been even to date with both keepers having little to do so far
GOAL 1 - 1 Quickly counter by Auck down the right touch line by Pritchett and pin point cros headed home by Hayne!
Auck win free-kick but Batty up high to take
Auck win first corner Uhlmann up high buts heads wide
GOAL 1 - 2 Error at the back proves costly for Canty as Koprivcic scores easily to give Auckland the lead
Canty win corner by danager cleared
Auck looking more danagerous the longer the game goes
Good Canty build up finally comes to end as Vicelich clears ball
Auck win free-kick as Pitman and McGeorge do not see eye to eye
Kamo on ball but cross blocked
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
Play back underway
Auckland attack end as Pritchett mis hit sho and goes well wide
Form as Canty free-kick Spoonley punches clear under pressure from Boyd
Quickly attack by Canty has ball sweeping upfield but final pass over goal line
Hayne to the side to receive treatment after brought down in middle of the park but quickly back on
Two quick saves from Batty to keep Canty in the game
Clapham hits Canty freekick wide
Canty looking to press forward in numbers when ever they which at times is leaving gaps at the back
Clapham run into area but checked by Vicelich
Vicelich again on had to clear cross from right
Sub Canty first to use bench as urns replaces Overton
Lancaster shot on turn taken by Spooney
Subs Canty replaces Lancaster for Barton and Auckland brings off Koprivcic for ickinson
Batty out to save from McGeorge
Sub Auckland to the bench again with Campbell replacing Pritchett
Boyd goes close for Canty but Spoonley saves
Cross from Kamo turned away for Canty corner
Play now switching from end to end but Canty cannot afford to drop another goal
From Canty freekick Rowe heads just wide of goal
Sub Auck relaces Lee with Feneridis
Kamo just fails to make contact with ball from freekick
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