ASB Premiership - Week 3
Kiwitea Street, Auckland
Sunday 7 November, 2010
Phil Edgington 2'
Allan Pearce 22'
Halftime:1-2 Referee: Chris Kerr Crowd: 1572
by Bob Pearce at Kiwitea Street asbpremiership.co.nz
AUCKLAND - Waitakere took a five-point lead at the top of the ASB Premiership with a fully deserved 3-1 away win over Auckland City at Kiwitea St today.
Down a goal after 90 seconds, the defending champions struck back midway through the first half and controlled the game from then on. It was hard to take for the big home crowd but to be fair the margin probably flattered Auckland City.
The two teams meet again in an OFC Champions League clash across town next week and City have the added worry of injuries to the tricky Luis Corrales and All White David Mulligan, who flew in from a trial in Singapore to take the field only to limp off in the 61st minute.
The Kiwitea St mood matched the brilliant sunny weather in the opening stanza after Mulligan provided a pinpoint corner from the left and the tall Phil Edginton glanced in a header for the opening goal.
The home team could have doubled their advantage soon after but were thwarted by the goalkeeping of Danny Robinson. He had originally been named on the bench but when Andy Ralph injured a finger in the warm-up he took the field from the start.
Five minutes into the game he was at his best to save a fierce shot from Alex Feneridis and before the half hour he made an even better stop from Corrales. But by then Waitakere were level, again from a set piece. Zane Sole delivered a left-wing corner that found Allan Pearce unmarked for the simplest of headed goals in the 22nd minute.
Waitakere took the lead in the 35th minute thanks to the persistence of teenaged winger Ryan de Vries. He was confronted by two defenders on the edge of the Auckland penalty area but managed to scavenge the ball from their feet and deftly slipped it past goalkeeper Jacob Spoonley.
He earned man of the match status soon after the break when again he was rewarded for persistence. He made ground on the left, had his own shot blocked and when Roy Krishna's follow-up was foiled he was on hand to provide the finish.
That was it as far as the result was concerned. Auckland barely troubled the Waitakere defence, which was anchored by the in-form captain, Jason Rowley, Jack Pelter and Aaron Scott.
Referee Chris Kerr who dealt six yellows in the first 45, lost the deal in the second as the passion went out of the game, which finished with a whimper rather than a bang as Waitakere kept their control.
Waitakere player-coach Neil Emblen was delighted to remain rooted to the bench for the second game in a row. He quipped: "If my career is over at this level, I'll take that. I always said I wouldn't stand in the way of anyone and every player is performing."
He had special praise for de Vries - "I'd hate to mark him" - and Pearce, whose work rate was so impressive.
Co-coaches Aaron McFarland and Ramon Tribulietx believed their team were better in the opening half hour but conceding two soft goals left them with no way back. They look forward to the O-League clash rating that a higher priority for their team.
Tribulietx said: "Football always gives you a second chance." Auckland fans will be hoping he's right.
1 Jacob Spoonley (GK)
1 Danny Robinson (GK)
3 Ian Hogg
2 Jason Rowley
4 Sam Campbell
3 Aaron Scott
5 Phil Edgington
4 Tim Myers (Butler 66)
7 James Pritchett
6 Jack Pelter
8 David Mulligan (Bawdekar 61)
7 Martin Bullock
10 Luis Corrales
8 Chris Bale
11 Daniel Koprivcic (Avendano 57)
10 Allan Pearce (Gwyther 75)
13 Alex Feneridis
12 Roy Krishna
17 Adam McGeorge
18 Zane Sole
23 Adam Thomas (Dickinson 55)
20 Ryan de Vries (Lovemore 86)
9 Francisco Avendano (in 57)
28 Andy Ralph (RGK)
12 Matthew Upton (RGK)
13 Michael Gwyther (in 75)
14 Adam Dickinson (in 55)
16 Neil Emblen
19 Daniel Morgan
17 Jake Butler (in 66)
26 Aaron Bawdekar (in 61)
25 Sean Lovemore (in 86)
=2 yellow cards
= red card
David Mulligan back from trialling in Singapore on Saturday night, named in starting lineup for Auckland. Jake Butler after similar trip, on bench for Waitakere.
Beautiful sunny Auckland day. NZF chairman Frank van Hattum in crowd, along with All White assistant coach Brian Turner, former national coach Allan Jones, former All White Bill de Graaf, former Auckland striker of the 50s Jack Gommers.
Late change by Waitakere. Danny Robinson in goal in place of Andy Ralph
Waitakere playing towards the clubrooms with a cross wind from the bowls club.
Right wing corner to Auckland. GOAL! as Phil Edgington heads in from Mulligan corner
Krishna earns corner for Waitakere. Sole's cross booted wide.
Feneridis shot well saved by Robinson.
Freekick to Auckland outside area, Mulligan's ball glanced wide by Koprivcic
Yellow card Edgington for tackle on Krishna. Bullock freekick easily saved.
Right wing corner to Waitakere, Sole's corner cleared and return caught by goalie.
Freekick to Auckland, Pearce encroaches and earns yellow, Mulligan shoots over bar
Plenty of ac=tion at both ends but midfield a mess.
Bale tackle on Mulligan earns yellow, cleared then McGeorge earns a card as Waitakere breaks back.
GOAL! Left wing corner by Sole headed in by Pearce unopposed.
Corrales shot brilliantly saved by Robinson, who then grabs corner
Good run by de Vries earns another corner for Waitakere. Good delivery but fielded by goalie
Midget chase me being played at the moment as both teams lose their shape. Long balls wasted.
Pelter fouls Koprivcic. Corrales shot hits bar with Robinson stretched full length.
Mulligan gives aenefit.way possession but Waitakere unable to b
GOAL! Ryan de Vries persists in attacking two defenders, the ball springs free and he beats Spoonley from just inside area
Auckland stand like statues as Waitakere take two shots after freekick, finally desperate clearance.
One minute to be added.
45 plus one
Yellow for Rowley as ref blows for the break. Waitakere ahead 2-1, probably deserve their lead but too many yellows as science gave way to brute force.
No changes at the break. City now playing towards clubhouse
De Vries too quick for defence on left but cross weak.
Short corner by Auckland, Thomas delivers but Koprivcic heads over top.
GOAL! De Vries makes ground on left, shot parried to krishna, cleared partially to de Vries who scores his second.
Thomas replaced by Dickinson for Auckland
Mulligan off injured, replaced by Bawdekar
Good work by krishna delivers ball on plate to Sole but the chance goes begging.
Myers replaced by Butler
Great ball by Krishna picks out de Vries on left but he shoots millimetres wide for his hat-trick.
Freekick to Waitakere on edge of area but Bullock's kick is scrambled clear.
Auckland are barely putting two passes together and the giveaways are embarrassing.
Gwyther on for Pearce
Avendano freekick headed wide by Auckland in rare attack on Waitakere goal.
Lovemore on for de Vries, my man of the match.
Krishna inches away from making it four as he sprints clear of the defence on the left.
Four minutes to be added
90 plus three
First corner of half for Waitakere but no profit.
90 plus four
Final whistle and a valuable three points for Waitakere. Auckland will be very disappointed. They have a chance for revenge next weekend in an O-League game at Waitakere.