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Canterbury United

Hawke's Bay United


ASB Premiership - Week 5
Linfield Park, Christchurch
Sunday 21 November, 2010





Halftime: 0-0                 Referee:Mike Hester                              Crowd 450

Hawke's Bay's best is yet to come

by John Donnachie at

CHRISTCHURCH - Hawke's Bay United coach Matt Chandler believes the best is yet to come from his team after they drew with ten-man Canterbury in an entertaining duel at Christchurch.

“We know we will get better. We had some good performances out there today. It's not easy coming down here, they are a good side and they proved it when they went down to ten men,”  said Chandler.

The Bay coach felt Dragons' midfielder, Joe Murray's sending off, at the midway stage of the second half, changed the complexion of the match. It seemed to galvanise the home side. Up until then, the Bay appeared to be getting on top.

“I am disappointed a bit, but I would have taken a draw before the match. We had some great chances in the first half, and we should have had the lead. When (Joe) Murray got sent off the game changed and really either of us could have won.”  

Usually games that finish goal-less are best forgotten but this was not the case at Linfield Park, as both sides pushed one another throughout. Alas, in the end a draw seemed a fair outcome.

Dragons coach Keith Braithwaite agreed that there was virtually nothing in it at the end. “It was a good game of football. There was end to end stuff with tackles flying in. I'm sure everyone here today enjoyed it.”

Braithwaite said his team improved after Murray's sending off, “as they realised they had to dig deeper”. Moving Aaron Clapham into centre midfield had also made a difference. The young All White looked a different player and threatened to steal the show with two excellent long range efforts. In particular, a Clapham free-kick special from 25 yards out beat Bay keeper Richard Gillespie, but agonisingly hit the woodwork.

“I do practice those ones' , I was sure it was going in, you just get this feeling. But that's what happens sometimes,” said Clapham.

On the other ocassion, Gillespie got down well to hold the Canty starlet's measured shot.

 Bay keeper Gillespie had the save of the match,when he stopped Schwarz's point blank range effort from 10 yards out with around 8 minutes to go.  Still, Hawke's Bay had probably the more clearcut chances. Andy Bevin especially had a gilt edged chance just before the interval when he was clean through. But he shot weakly at the advancing Canty keeper Tom Batty.

Late in the second half the young striker had a free header in the six yard box which he put over the bar. There was also opportunities for Bay striker Danny Wilson throughout the match. In injury time he almost nicked it, but Batty was there to smother his close range drive after good leading up work from Bevin on the wing.

Best for Canterbury were Aaron Clapham who almost single-handedly won the match. Captain Dan Terris, with good leading up play in the opposition half of the field.

Keeper Tom Batty looked assured, while substitute Andrew Barton, did well when he came on as the Dragons' shuffled the pack following Murray's red card.

Danny Attwell had a strong game when he replaced veteran Andy Pitman making a timely intervention to clear a goal-bound Danny Wilson effort of the line. While Tom Schwarz is quickly establishing himself as a solid, steady performer.

For Hawke's Bay, experienced defender,Jonathan Taylor and ex Canty player Bill Robertson were always willing. Young Andy Bevin despite his lack of firepower-looks a great prospect as does Cole Peverley who put in a very competent display.

Next week, Canterbury head north to Auckland to play champions Waitakere United.

While Hawke's Bay entertain Auckland City in what promises to be another exciting round in this year's Premiership race.


Team Sheet

Canterbury United


Hawke's Bay United

1)Tom Batty

1) Richard Gillespie

2) Dan Terris

18) Jonathan Taylor

3) Nick Wortelboer

3) Bill Robertson

4) Gareth Rowe

11) Cole Peverley

5) Tom Schwarz

10) Dan O'Brien

6) Glen Collins (McDermott 71)

14) Marama  Thompson

7) Aaron Clapham

7)Matt Hastings

14) Joe Murray

15) Joachim Rande (Peter Doran 80

9) Russell Kamo

13) Danny Wilson

25)Andy Pitman(Attwell 65)

12) Andy Bevin

12) Gagame Feni (Barton 62)

20) Chris McIvor



13) Garry McDermott (on 71)

25)Shaun Peta

15) Danny Atwell (on 65)


17) Ryan Tippett

22) Ryan Martin

22) Coey Turipa

9) Peter Doran (on 80)

23) Andrew Barton (on 62)

3) Marvin Eakins


=yellow card

=2 yellow cards

= red card


Play by Play

Good afternoon, welcome to Linfield Park Christchurch, for today's 5th round ASB Premiership match between Canterbury and Hawke's Bay. Conditions are good with  clearing sunny skies following overnight rain. This game promises to be a cracker with both teams currently occupying second and third on the league table- only goal difference separates them. Canterbury will be keen to maintain their 100 percent start to the season, while Hawke's Bay have the opportunity to build on recent successive wins over Otago and Manawatu. The visitors have played a game more after losing their season opener at home to champions Waitakere United 3-1. Teams to follow...  Almost set to go.. pleasant temperature around 17 degs Both teams have gone back into the sheds for last minute pep talk..

Canterbury youth won the curtain-raiser against Team Wellington 3-1.

1min Underway.. Hawke's Bay corner

3 mins comes to nothing

5 mins Clapham forces save out of Gillespie after good move involving Feni and Terris

Good start to match very lively ,

8 mins  Pitman booked for challenge out on wing..out of view

10 mins Braithwaite very animated on touchline re Pitman incident.

12 mins Joe Murray booked for challenge on edge of box freekick to Bay

Bay's Wilson brings save out of Batty at near post

 14mins corner Canty

15 mins another corner almost brings trouble for By it is cleared out of 6 yard box

16 mins Murray breaks out through Bay defence misses golden opportunity shoots weakly at Gillespie

18 'corner Canty

19 'Terris almost scores great header just over the top from Clapham corner

20'corner Bay, comes to nothing meanwhile Canty break again and Feni is causing havoc with the Bay central defence.

21'Bay almost score Bevin puts in Wilson good save down to the far post by Batty.. resulting corner comes to nothing

27'Matt Hastings has long range drive gamme. Bevin clean in on goal but unable to beat goalie Batty.. comfortable save . Now Peverley forces Batty into save from 20 yards out.. busy 60 seconds!!

34'game in a lull at the mo

36' Bay holding there own in midfield

39'Not much between these sides .. evenly contested all over the field

42' Canty trying to get going

45'Half time

entertaining half with the honours probably going to the Bay..they certainly had the best chances.

we are off.. no changes to either line up

47'freekick Canty danger cleared

48'Collins booked -fouled Peverley freekick comes to nothing

49' Joachim Rande shoots over the bar from just inside the Canty box

57'Murray SENT OFF  for challenge on Taylor in front off dug outs

59'Cnty substitution Barton for Feni

61'Corner bay

62'Pitman goes off for Attwell. He immediately makes a timely intervention clearing off the line from a O'Brien goal bound shot

63'At ther other end barton forces save from Gillespie.. good chance for 10 man Canty

66'free header for Wilson but Batty saves from close in.. great chance to break deadlock.

70'McDermott replaces Collins for Canty. Free-kick canty in dangerous position. Clapham lines it up.. deflected over bar corner Cnty


71'Another freekick canty more central to goal.. is this the moment

Clapham hits the bar.. so unlucky Canty really on ascendancy now good move down left almost puts Clapham in


79'Kamo breaks down flank cross eludes everyone.

81'Schwarz brings out great save from Gillespie off a corner.

83'Bevin presented with free header just over the top

Who will take the points?

85'Peverley makes dangerous cross  but batty saves.

87'on a knife edge  O'Brien crosses to far post no takers though.

89'Clapham almost provides the winner good effort 25 yards out brings save out of Gillespie

time added on now 3 minutes

92'Wilson has great chance from Bevin cross but Batty is equal to task.

Its all over a draw a fair result.. Canty actually played better with 10-men Bay had more chances overall