Hawke's Bay United
ASB Premiership - Week 9
Kiwitea Street, Auckland
Saturday 18 December, 2010
Adam McGeorge 6', 65', pen-87'
Halftime:1-0 Referee:Nick Waldron Crowd:554
by Bob Pearce at Kiwitea Street
Adam McGeorge scored his first ASB Premiership hat-trick as Auckland City swamped Hawkes Bay United 5-0 at Kiwitea St.
The victory, their biggest of the season, lifts Auckland City into second place with Wellington to play Otago on Sunday.
Auckland struck early when the Bay failed to clear their area in the sixth minute and McGeorge drove a shot through a wall of players past Richard Gillespie. There was no further score in the first half as the visitors gave as good as they got.
But after David Mulligan had come on to replace a cramped Adam Thomas, he found McGeorge with a through pass in the 65th minute and his shot deflected off Bill Robertson with Gillespie having no chance.
Auckland, who have struggled to match their build-up with goals in earlier games, suddenly found their range as a heavy shower produced a slick surface and speeded up the action.
In the 73rd minute Stu Kelly found himself in front of goal and through persistence scored the goal at his third attempt. Three minutes later young Alex Milne scored with his first touch after coming on to replace Kelly.
McGeorge's hat-trick goal came from a penalty in the 87th minute after a foul which earned Marama Thompson a second yellow and a red card.
Bay's best chances came in the first half when Peter Doran couldn't quite provide the finish to a sweeping move and Marvin Eakins was deflected over the bar by Stu Hogg with Jacob Spoonley a spectator.
Hawkes Bay coach Matt Chandler was happy with the way his team competed in the first half but conceded that they were well beaten in the end.
"We had the bad luck to concede a couple of deflected goals and we knew that after their second goal, we had to score next," he said.
"We struck Auckland City on a good day and there was no way back. I thought the sending-off was harsh on the young boy. I didn't think it was necessary at that stage."
Auckland co-coach Aaron McFarland believes the victory and the goal tally will give his team a confidence boost going into the break.
"It gives the team a lot of confidence that the way we're playing is working. This is what it should have been when we last played them.
"We've got two big games after the break with Canterbury away and then Waitakere away. They will be season-defining.
"I think the rain that fell in the second half helped us because we were able to up the tempo."
McFarland expects competition for starting places after Christmas with Luis Corrales and Sam Campbell back from holiday and a new Spanish striker waiting in the wings.
Hawke's Bay United
1 Jacob Spoonley (GK)
1 Richard Gillespie (GK)
2 Angel Berlanga
14 Marama Thompson
3 Ian Hogg
2 Phillip Doran
6 Stuart Kelly (Milne 76')
5 Bill Robertson
7 James Pritchett
18 Jonathan Taylor
13 Alex Feneridis
3 Marvin Eakins
14 Adam Dickinson
20 Chris McIvor
15 Ivan Vicelich
21 Peter Doran
17 Adam McGeorge
13 Danny Wilson (Rande 78')
19 Daniel Morgan
12 Andy Bevin
23 Adam Thomas (Mulligan 60')
23 Jarrod Smith
5 Phil Edginton
25 Shaun Peta (RGK)
8 David Mulligan (in 60')
15 Joachim Rande (in 78')
11 Daniel Koprivcic (in 46')
19 Daniel Ball
12 Patrick George (RGK)
16 Adam Chandler
22 Andrew Milne (in 76')
22 Ryan Martin
=2 yellow cards
= red card
Play by Play
Hot and sticky, even the dogs are hanging out for a drink
0 also mins
David Mulligan and Daniel Koprivcic on the bench for Auckland City
Bit of a breeze from the east. Gillespie's shirt in the Bay goal very similar to ref's
We're off and Bay are attacking . Jarrod Smith crosses to Eakins. Weak header.
GOAL! Ball bounces around Bay area and McGeorge buries it when it comes clear.
Auckland using open spaces well, Hawkes Bay quick on the break
Morgan fires over top after break by Thomas stretches defence.
Yellow card for Smith after Berlanga rolls over like I sick puppy but bounces back.
Shot by Dickinson blocked by Gillespie.
Spoonley handles outside area but only Bevin sees it.
Yellow for Feneridis, neither yellow too flagrant.
Thomas put through by Kelly, but weak finish
Eakins shot defelected over bar by Hogg.
Peter Doran wastes great chance after Auckland fail to clear cross from Smith.
Two corners to City but no profit.
Yellow card for Eakins holding on to his opponent
great tackle by Hogg to rob Peter Doran as he closed on goal
Phil Doran freekick skies into hands of Spoonley
Bevin has space but crosses too close to goalie
Feneridis clear but shoots across face of goal.
Two to be added
45 plus two
Halftime 1-0. A lot of whistle but not many cheers.
Koprivcic replaces Dickinson after break
Bay freekick on edge of area, blocked twice
Spoonley reaches high to pluck ball off Bay head.
Players passing and mispassing like cats on hot bricks
Thomas clear in front of goal, shot blocked at point blank range by Gillespie. taylor clears.
Cross from left from Eakins finds Smith but he blows chance. Plenty of pressure coming from the Bay.
Thomas pulls up lame and off, nobody on yet
Mulligan on for Thomas
GOAL! Ball in from right by Mulligan, McGeorge shoots and Robertson deflects ball past Gillespie
Mulligan freekick just wide
Mulligan freekick into side netting
Heavy rain now falling. Great weather for ducks
GOAL! Stu Kelly persists as Bay fail to clear and it's an easy poke in after thrid try.
GOAL! Alex Milne scores with first touch after coming on for Kelly.
Wilson replaced by Rande
RED CARD! Thompson off for second yellow. Penalty.
McGeorge converts penalty for hat-traick
Three minutes to be added.
90 plus two
Left wing corner for City. Peter Doran nearly puts it in his own net.
Ball in net from Vicelich but offside.
90 plus three
Final whistle. Five nil to City. Happy Christmas for Auckland City.