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Waitakere United

Team  Wellington

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NZFC - Semi Final 2nd Leg,
Fred Taylor Park, 
Saturday 10 April, 2010

1

Ryan de Vries 71
Brent Fisher 92    

Andy Barron 10

 

         

Halftime:0-1                       Referee:Peter O'Leary                                Crowd:476 

 

Waitakere advance to NZFC Grand Final

by Bob Pearce at Fred Taylor Park
nzfc.co.nz

A back-header by Waitakere striker Brent Fisher with sixty seconds to go ended Team Wellington's hopes and carried the home team into the Grand Final.

The ball looped over goalie James Bannatyne for a 2-1 Waitakere victory on the day and a win on the away goals rule after a 3-2 margin to Wellington in the first leg.

It spelled the end to a remarkable season's comeback by the Wellingtonians that carried them from second-to-bottom to the very edge of finals football with four wins in their last five games.
 

Waitakere player-coach Neil Emblen had mixed feelings after the heart-stopping ending.
 

"Obviously I'm delighted by the win but you just feel sorry for the opposition as well," he said. "There are swings and roundabouts in football and we got our slice of luck today."
 

And how. Waitakere were not at their best in a contest that was cuptie close but didn't really do justice to the immaculate surface at Fred Taylor Park.
 

Emblen had suggested before the game that the first goal might decide the issue.

He was so nearly right.

In the 10th minute Wellington opened the scoring when Andy Barron drove a freekick on the edge of the penalty area past an unsighted Danny Robinson.
 

Benjamin Totori weaved his magic, Roy Krishna showed his pace but the Wellington defence, anchored by Adam Birch and Michael Winsauer, managed to close them down before the final shot.

And the more Waitakere tried, the more they lost their shape.

Krishna was off midway through the second spell and his replacement young Ryan de Vries almost immediately raised the home side's hopes.

In the 71st minute Totori split the Wellington defence and De Vries was on hand to score.
 

But 1-1 was not enough and Waitakere knew it. They poured men forward but to no avail.

They had corners and freekicks but the set pieces that had worked in the first leg were well thwarted by Bannatyne and his men.
 

A freekick on the edge of the area when Emblen was brought down offered a last-gasp chance but Martin Bullock's strike sailed over the bar.

Three minutes added time was almost up when Jake Butler lobbed a hopeful ball into the Wellington penalty area and Fisher got the touch that steered it over the advancing Bannatyne.
 

It was hard to disagree with Wellington coach Stu Jacobs when he said he thought his team had deserved to go through.
 

"Perhaps we should have played it to the corners at the end but tiredness caused the wrong decision," he said.

"I think we deserved to win on what we've done in the last four matches.
 

"I thought our defence was excellent. Neil talks about his team scoring four goals a game at this ground and we held them to two. Three years ago we were 15 seconds away from getting into the O-League. This time we were a minute away from the final."
 

Emblen described his team's performance as one of their "worst for a while so it was good to dig out a result. On recent form Wellington are a very good side.
 

"If we end up going to Dubai, we want to go there as NZFC champions."
 

Waitakere will meet the winners of the Auckland City v Canterbury United semi on Sunday in the final in a fortnight.

 

Team Sheet

Waitakere United


V

Team Wellington


1 Danny Robinson (GK)

1 James Bannatyne (GK)

2 Jason Rowley

2 Adam Birch

4 Tim Myers

3 Jamie Duncan (Fifii 40)

7 Martin Bullock

4 Chris Bale

8 Brent Fisher

5 Michael Winsauer

9 Benjamin Totori

6 Chris Davies

10 Allan Pearce

7 Cole Peverley

11 Neil Sykes(Pelter 80)

9 Greg Draper

12 Roy Krishna(De Vries 65)

13 Karl Whalen

16 Neil Emblen

19 Andy Barron

17 Jake Butler

26 Roddy Brown (Fredrickson 66)

Substitutes

Substitutes

3 Aaron Scott

17 Garry McDermott

19 Dakota Lucas

21 Ben Fredrickson

20 Ryan De Vries

22 Michael Fifii

21 Jack Pelter

24 Jamie McKay

22 Liam Little (RGK)

=goal

=yellow card

=2 yellow cards

= red card

 

Play by Play

0 mins

Aaron Scott on the bench for Waitakere after turning ankle in practice. Brilliantly sunny and warm with not much wind.

1 min

pressure by Wellington earns left wing corner.

2 mins

Another corner as defender clears behind. Wasted

4 mins

End to end stuff. A real cuptie with pace to fast for skill.

6 mins

Peverl;ey shoots from long range but doesn't worry Robinson.

8 mins

Fisher almost gets his head to a cross but ball goes behind.

9 mins

Totori weaves magic on right but hits cross far too hard.

10 mins

GOAL! Freekick on edge of area and Barron beats Robinson with curling shot.

17 mins

Pace has slowed as Wellington fall back and Waitakere regroup

19 mins

Yellow card Davies for tackle on Krishna

25 mins

Totori brought down by Winsauer who gets yellow. Freekick edge of area

26 mins

Bullock freekick off track

31 mins

Left wing corner to Waitakere, their first. Cleared

33 mins

Pearce clear on left but miskicks ball

35 mins

Right wing corner to Waitakere, Sykes finds keeper Bannatyne.

37 mins

Pearce shot blocked. Waitakere are pressing hard and the fans are getting impatient.

40 mins

Sub Duncan off Fifii on.

41 mins

Fifii bicycle kick flies wide. Fond memories of winning goals.

43 mins

Chris bale cross just eludes Draper.

45 mins

One minute of time to be added

45 plus one

Corner to Waitaker but no reward. Whistle goes and Wellington are 45 minutes from Grand Final.

No changes at halftime. Waitakere start five at the front as they hunt goals.

47 mins

Sykes foul gives freekick to Wellington but Bale's kick cleared for counter

49 mins

Yellow card for Butler for tackle

50 mins

Fisher ball in Totori heads Bannatyne saves.

53 mins

left wing corner Waitakere comes to nothing

56 mins

Totori weaves magic and finds Krishna in clear but Bannatyne smothers shot

57 mins

Emblen shot touched wide

58 mins

Sub McDermott for Bale

59 mins

Third corner in a row for Wellington finally cleared

61 mins

Wellington under siege but Waitakere can't nail it.

63 mins

Long range by Butler no problem

64 mins

De Vries on for Krishna

65 mins

Wellington sub Fredrickson for Brown.

67 mins

Draper down injured, no more subs, but plays on

70 mins

Butler long range goes wide

71 mins

GOAL! Wellington defence split, Totori cross finds De Vries who makes no mistake 1-1 and its all on

75 mins

Rare Wellington raid puts Fredrickson in clear but his cross sails too far

80 mins

Sub Pelter on for Sykes.

85 mins

Fifii breaks and Barron shoots weakly at goalie

88 mins

Emblen tumbles on edge of area. Freekick awarded.

89 mins

Bullock fires wide.

90 mins

Three extra to be added.

91 mins

Freekick to Waitakere ends up with goalie

90 plus two

GOAL! Butler lobs hopeful ball in and Fisher dinks header over Bannatyne. Waitakere are through!!

90 plus three

Final whistle and Wellington are gutted.