ASB Premiership - Week 9
Linfield Park, Christchurch
Sunday 19 December, 2010
Roy Krishna pen-15'
Halftime: 0-2 Referee: Darren Sundborn Crowd:
by John Donnachie at Linfield Park
There was no Christmas cheer for Canterbury and their fans as the Dragons succumbed to a clinical Waitakere United at Linfield Park.
The home side opened the match brightly,with Joe Murray and Aaron Clapham both coming close. But they were undone by the champions counter-attacking strategy.
Having survived Canterbury's early onslaught, Waitakere underlined their threat with their first two forays inside the Canterbury box. On both ocassions Waitakere's livewire front-men, Roy Krishna and Dakota Lucas, went down under the challenges of Dragons defenders.
Referee Darren Sundbron deemed the second incident where Nick Wortelboer awkwardly tussled with Dakota Lucas to be a penalty although, many of the local crowd felt the first time round was a stonewall spot-kick.
Nevertheless, Krishna completed the formalities with a confident strike straight down the middle from 12 yards.
While the game was still only 15 minutes old, Canterbury never recovered and it was no surprise when Waitakere added to their lead in the 35th minute, with a fine goal from midfielder Chris Bale.
Fijian Roy Krishna caused havoc down the flank, raced into the box and delivered a teasing cross which deceived everyone except Bale. He kept his composure firing a low shot past a helpless Batty inside the far post.
Canterbury's afternoon got a whole lot harder. When pivotal defender Gareth Rowe did not reappear after the interval following a nasty head collision, while inside the Waitakere box.
Dragons' stand in coach Martin Stewart refused to be too disheartened after the match.
“The result was disappointing. But look the performance today was a step up from last few games. We lost our central defender with blurred vision (Gareth Rowe) and Glen Collins had to step back to fill the role, so we had to change things and it was always going to be difficult after that against a side like Waitakere.”
Despite the defeat, Canterbury could still take things from the match, said Stewart.
“There were some good individual performances out there today, and we need to use that to move on. But we have to be realistic though. I think there are some unrealistic expectations out there, after what we did last year.”
Waitakere coach, Neil Emblen, was naturally a very content man at the end of the match.
“After the second goal, I thought we were very comfortable. It was good day for the club, all the same we knew it was going to be difficult and it was.”
The Englishman paid tribute to his side. “We are always likely to score I feel, with the pace we have up front. And the midfield really did well, I thought Chris Bale was outstanding; he and Jake Butler were our engine room today. They managed to get to grips with (Aaron) Clapham, who was giving us problems early on.”
So no Christmas joy for Canterbury, and some doubts as to whether they can make another Grand Final appearance this season. But for the champions there is plenty to celebrate.
Their push towards another championship looks to be on very sound foundations going into the New Year.
Best for Canterbury were defenders Tom Schwarz and Nick Wortelboer who was booked. For the visitors Chris Bale was a stand-out along with strikers Roy Krishna and Dakota Lucas.
1. Tom Batty
1. Danny Robinson
2. Nick Wortelboer
3. Aaron Scott
4. Gareth Rowe (McDermott (46')
4. Tim Myers
6. Jack Pelter
19 Jeremy Wild
8. Chris Bale
6. Glen Collins
10. Alan Pearce
7. Aaron Clapham
12 Roy Krishna (Del Monte 87')
9. Russell Kamo (Feni 80')
19. Dakota Lucas (Sole 87')
17. Ryan Tippett (Faichnie 60')
23. Ashton Pett
14. Joe Murray
13. Sean Lovemore (Gwyther 60')
15. Danny Attwell
17. Jake Butler
11. Ryan Faichnie (on 60')
9. Luiz Del Monte )on 87')
23. Andrew Barton
13. Mike Gywther (on 60')
12. Gagame Feni (on 80')
18. Zane Sole (on 87')
13. Garry McDermott (on 46')
22. Liam Little (GK)
22. Coey Turipa (GK)
16. Neil Emblen
=2 yellow cards
= red card
Play by Play
Welcome to Linfield Park in Christchurch, for what promises to be an intriguing clash between Canterbury United and champions Waitakere United.
The home side will be hoping they can rediscover their early season promise.
Lately, they have struggled to get points -and they badly need a result today to stay in play-off contention. But they will have to do it without captain Dan Terris and stalwart Andy Pitman. Coach Keith Braithwaite also sits this one out after been sent off last week at Dunedin.
In contrast, Waitakere are coasting at the top of the table with a commanding lead.
With a good mix of youth and experience the champions are looking good to continue their unbeaten run.
Conditions are wet -but thankfully cooler than yesterday. Teams to follow..
Rain has somewhat receded as we await both teams coming out
We are underway here in Christchurch
Joe Murray almost scores shoots wide after move down the left flank
Clapham close with effort just inside box
strong start from Canty
Clapham involved alot as Canty dominate opening exchanges
Krishna almost scores- great shot from 25 yards out- Batty saves at second attempt
PENALTY Lucas taken out inside the box by Canty defender
GOAL Krishna scores from spot straight down the middle
Clapham shoots wide- half chance really
Canty rattled after conceding that penalty after a good start
Waitakere look dangerous everytime they come forward
We have had some technical difficulties.. anyhow canty have come close twice from corners Rowe headed wide and Schwarz headed over
Visitors content to play on the break.
GOAL Krishna crosses and Bale reacts better to his tricky delivery and nets with a well placed drive inside far post.
Half Time Waitakere doing it comfortably
Canty midfielder Aaron Clapham was booked on 17' for persistent infringing
Apologies for technical difficulties. Skies clearing overhead so conditions have improved since kick-off
Canty stand in coach Martin Stewart has lot to ponder during the break
We are off..Gareth Rowe off and Garry McDermott on for Canty
Canty on attack and Danny Attwell gets close with a shot which is deflected.
Corner Canty Murray heads over
midfield struggle at the mo..
Bale taken out by Schwarz freekick
Butler's freekick hits wall and cleared-
krishna brings save out of Batty in Canty goalafter good run
Referee keen to let game flow opting not to use cards
Canty substitution Ryan Faichnie replaces Ryan Tippett
Freekick Waitakere, Batty saves well down at near post from Pearce effort
Faichnie has effort on goal from inside box goes wide of far post
Pearce tries shot from edge of box just drifts wide of far corner
Pearce again in on goal but misses at far post with effort after good build up from opposite flank
Both sides cancelling one another out with off-side trap
Its all slowed down here, game in a lull Canty need a goal to spark this game alive
almost a goal bit of scramble-Attwell closest with effort But visitors hang on
near thing Batty saves header off unmarked Waitakere player
Canty sub-Feni on for Kamo
Mike Gywther has replaced Sean Lovemore
Fulltime: Waitakere United 2 Canterbury United 0. Stay tuned for match report and reaction from both sides.