ASB Premiership - Week 5
David Farrington Park, Wellington
Sunday 21 November, 2010
John SUTHERLAND 55'-pen
Maksim MANKO 24'
Halftime: 0-1 Referee: J. Gillet (Aus) Crowd: 419
by David Cross at David Farrington Park
WELLINGTON - Veteran front man Hicham Kamri was the hero as Team Wellington came from a 1-0 half time deficit to win 3-1 at David Farrington Park today.
Kamri's two goals in the last 15 minutes put the final touches to a game that for the first 45 minutes looked like going to the visitors.
Youth League star Pomare Te-Anau got his first start in the midfield along with veteran Darren Cheriton who has rejoined the roster to cover the injury of Jamie O'Connor. While Waikato in the main remained unchanged with continued absences of Alex Barlow, Milos Nikolic and Dan Peat all of concern to coach Willie Gerdsen.
The game started at fast pace with end to end play and some willing challenges from players feeling their way into the game.
It was the 24th minute though where it went for Waikato, a Team Wellington attack broke down on the edge of the area and Waikato then quickly turned play around. The ball was cut back in to the area to Maksim Manko who calmly finished with his right in to the left corner giving the visitors a 1-0 lead.
Sutherland stepped up and powered the ball home right down the centre of the goal to tie the game up. His reward was to be subbed for Wellington Olympic striker Kamri who was to put the seal on the day for Wellington.
Firstly Michael Eagar got on the end of a clever ball in to the area from Tade but his shot was mis-timed and rolled to Fletcher in goal for Waikato but moments later Kamri struck.
A powerful shot from outside the area was parried by Fletcher but the ever present Kamri was awake and to it first to finish calmly and give the home side the lead.
Kamri started a run from inside his own half to meet the ball ahead of the high Waikato defensive line and proceeded to take a touch around Fletcher before calmly finishing in to the empty net, much to the joy of a home crowd that had grown to decent proportions by full time.
"Hicham came on, Emi Tade came on set Hicham up, and Ryan was active as well. It's great to have subs come on who make a real difference," Jacobs added, "Before the game we spoke all about targets, obviously the target is the O-League as your end product, and you have mini targets along the way, and today our target was three points. We need to reach those targets and today I guess we did."
"We're disappointed with the result," said Willy Gerdsen,"I thought in the first half we played very well, deserved to be 1-0 up, we could have been two nil up, but as games go we have the huge chance from Ballan to go two nil and then from my point of view a very, very soft penalty against us obviously has changed the game."
"It is a learning curve and the young lads have to step up. We were a little bit naive in the second half. I don't think Wellington played the best football I have seen them play, but obviously the penalty has a huge influence.
Gerdsen will be hoping his experienced players can help get his side back on track as they try to bounce back from defeat that could so easily have been victory.
1. Phil Imray (GK)
2. Scott Robson
2. Maksim Manko
3. Jamie Duncan
5. Nathan Strom
4. Michael Eagar
6. Nick Branch
7. Wiremu Patrick
7. Jason Hicks
10. Michael Fifii (Cain 75)
8. Jason McKeown
13. Karl Whalen (c)
11. Nathan Palmer (Jones 68)
16. John Sutherland (Kamri 59)
12. Jack Beguely (Davies-Campbell 75)
18. Darren Cheriton
14. Joe Bresnahan
21. Pomare Te-Anau (Tade 52)
16. Tewi Te Pou (Margetts 68)
24. Tyler Lissette
23. Matteo Ballan
25. Lance Rameakers (GK)
12. Danyon Drake (GK)
12. Emiliano Tade (on 52)
9. Mark Jones (on 68)
14. Hicham Kamri (on 59)
18. Alexei Davies Campbell (on 75)
17. Matthew Williams
26. Sam Margetts (on 68)
23. Ryan Cain (on 75)
=2 yellow cards
= red card
Play by Play
Welcome to a southerly balseted David Farrington park where team Wellington take on Waikato FC. It's cool but the cloud is clearing here as the Southerly blows straight down the ground. Latest news is that Waikato FC have had flight challenges and arrived late.
Kick off has been delayed until 14:30 to allow for this delay. We have the Team Wellington side. Changes are Darren Cheriton's return to the side and youngster Pomare Te-Anau promoted from the youth side for a first start while Andrew Abba drops from the squad and Matt Williams to the bench.
Both teams out warming up, the Waikato squad seeing no major change.
Team Wellington kicking off with the wind behind them that is actually dropping.
Team Wellington free kick on the right. Nathan Strom off from Waikato to change his skins as they were black and did not match Waikato's white shorts. Free kick well cleared by Waikato who then break but shoot across the goal mouth.
Game still settling, end to end but no real chances. Australian ref Gillet has words after a Waikato players goes through the back of Michael Eagar.
It's quite wet out there. Quite a lot of overnight rain that hasn't drained. Waikato players in particular struggling to maintain footing.
Referee has words with Michael Fifii after a petulant hack at the ankles of Joe Bresnahan.
Michael Eager first card of the afternoon, won the ball with his front leg in the sliding tackle but his trailing leg took out thee Waikato midfielder.
Waikato break, Beguely skirts around Duncan and Lissette forcing a good save out of Imray, who parries it close to Palmer but the surface wins as Palmer slips and his cross sails far too wide.
Pom Te Anau wins a free kick after Bresnahan slides in to the back of him. Bresnahan gets a yellow.
Not the greatest display of footballing talent so far. Underlined by Lissette clearing the ball in to the back of Michael Eagar.
Manko for Waikato. Another Wellington attack breaks down on the edge of the area and Waikato break. ball cut back to Manko who calmly finished with his right in to the left corner. One-nil to the visitors.
Team Wellington free kick is floated in by Wiremu Patrick, Sutherland gets up to it but heads just wide.
Patrick and Te-Anau with some nice touches in the middle results in a cross which Sutherland puts wide. He's getting closer.
Strom goes through the back of Patrick giving away a free kick but the free kick from Patrick cleans out the balcony.
Sutherland again. This time a great run through the gap between the defenders and a deflection he tries to flick over his head and in, but he's pushed Strom of the ball so the free kick goes to Waikato.
Sutherland hits the post this time. Closer still. Ball breaks in the area and his snap shot looks on target but takes a deflection. Resulting corner is closest to Fifii who (unsurprisingly) doesn't win the header.
All Team Wellington here currently but haven't quite got the ball in the back of the net. Should mean Waikato score next.
Half time. Waikato up 1-0. Wellington possibly marginally the better side but have yet to get one on target.
Weather has cleared. Sun out, wind dying off. Kids out on the pitch knocking balls around
Almost from the off Waikato break in to the area. Lovely touch from Ballan puts the ball in to the path of a Waikato player who shoots but Imray gets down to save.
Tade on for Te-Anau. Some suggestion from the fans that that wasn't the change they would have made.
Ball bouncines in the Waikato area but Wellington can't get a shot off falls to Patrick who tries to place a curling shot but it is taken by Fletcher in goal for Waikato.
Robson whips in the cross and Fifii hits the deck. Penalty for Team Wellington. Yellow to Palmer for the foul.
Sutherland converts down the middle. 1-1
Sutherland off for Kamri.
Strom throw bounced in the area, quite how it ended with Imray is a mystery as three players should have had it before then.
Waikato break, Kamri and Tade, through ball for Fifii who cleverly (some - Oska Rego - would say brilliantly) wins the corner.
Palmer off for Mark Jones.
Great save by Fletcher from Fifii, after but the ref is the only person here who thinks it was a miss and gives a goal kick.
Just noticed Number 20 on for Waikato... shame he wasn't on the team sheet or I'd tell you who he is. Waikato now running the game.
Ryan Cain on for Fifii
Begueley for Davies Campbell.
Cheriton free on the left chips it in to Michael Eagar who miscontrols it and knocks it to the keeper.
Kamri scores. Shot from outside the area is saved by the keeper but Kamri gets to the rebound first and finishes. 2-1.
Yellow for Mark Jones. Whistle has gone for a foul, but Jones continues his shot after the whistle.
ex-Wellington lad Nathan Strom lumps Ryan Cain and earns himself a place on the referees growing list.
...and Kamri puts the finishing touch. Breaks from insuide his own half on to a Tade ball and knocks it around the keeper and finishes 3-1.
Joe Bresnahan then gets a second yellow, bringing down Tade on the break.
Sam Margetts shoots from outside the area but well taken by Imray.
Full Time : 3-1 Team Wellington. Possibly flatters Team Wellington a little but still the scoreline stands. Well done to the home team.
Next game here the ASB Challenge match on Tuesday night