ASB Premiership - Week 9
David Farrington Park, Wellington
Sunday 19 December, 2010
John Sutherland 20'
Halftime: 2-0 Referee: C-K Waugh Crowd: 351
by David Cross at David Farrington Park
Emphatic is how the scoreline looked at the end of today’s clash at a sodden David Farrington Park as Team Wellington ran out 5-0 winners over Otago United.
The home side split the goals with two in the first half and three late in the second as they maintained their hold on second place on the ASB Premiership table at the Christmas break.
The first was a well worked goal from a short corner to Darren Cheriton that was never quite cleared by Otago. The ball found its way to Wiremu Patrick whose deftly touched cross found John Sutherland beating the offside trap to head home wide of a stranded Highfield.
“I think we were looking good during the week and we were coming off two wins but when you concede two in two minutes you’re always on the back foot.”
On one occasion a fantastic save from Phil Imray was all that denied them. Hore was left lamenting what might have been.
“We had a period of 20 minutes in the second half where I felt that if we’d just nicked one we’d have been back in it but they’re keeper pulled of a save which was probably about as close to crossing the line as you can get and with 20 to go it could have been a different story but the scoreboard says 5-0.”
The final touches on the game came from the subs bench again as first Emiliano Tade got on the end of a confused clearance from the Otago defence following pressure from Kamri before Kamri added his second after some fantastic work from George Barbarouses.
Again it was an Otago clearance that fell to Barbarouses about 30 yards out, Barbarouses then beat three Otago players before a delightful pass put Kamri through on goal and he made no mistake.
Team Wellington coach Stu Jacobs was lapping up the display from his subs once again.
“That happens every week those guys, they’re an entertainment package. They’ve been effective for us and last week they were again two nil down, put them on and it was 3-2. Then today it’s just a matter time before Hicham scores and Emi chimes in as well.”
“We’re really pleased with that going in to Christmas we haven’t been in this position before so it’s nice.”
1. Phil Imray
1. Adam Highfield
2. Scott Robson
6. Tom Sadd
3. Jamie Duncan
7. Nathan Knox
7. Wiremu Patrick
8. Paul Seaman (Hayman 85')
10. Michael Fifii (off 54)
11. Andy Coburn
13. Karl Whalen
12. James Reichwin (Ruggles 70')
16. John Sutherland (off 58)
17. Tim Horner
18. Darren Cheriton
18. Harley Rodeka (Rickerby 56')
19. George Barbarouses
23. Anthony Hancock
21. Pomare Te Anau (Cornand 70')
25. Tom Connor
24. Tyler Lissette
26. Tristan Prattley
12. Emiliano Tade (on 58')
10. Phil Ruggles (on 70')
14. Hicham Kamri (on 54')
14. Alister Rickerby (on 56')
23. Ryan Cain
13. Cam Burns (GK)
9. Romain Cornand (on 70')
28. Dave Hayman (on 85')
26. Lance Ramaekers (GK)
9. Aaron Burgess
=2 yellow cards
= red card
Play by Play
The rain here has just subsided in time for the match. Otago in a very 'interesting' shade of yellow. It's likely to be slippery and we're unlikely to see a record for a Team Wellington crowd.
Team Wellington playing from the school end in the first half.
I'm still missing a Frozen Coke here. There will be words. Oh yeah, and we're off.
Jamie Duncan makes a good run down the left but the resulting cross is too long. Quite a lot of surface water out there. Players leaving a wake.
Through ball from Barbarouses is cut out by the returning defender but his control sends it across Highfield who has to chase it and is almost beaten by an on-rushing Sutherland.
Robson down the right this time but his ball across the area is well cut out by Highfield.
All Otago the last couple of minutes Team Wellington scrambling a couple of clearances under pressure from Seaman and Knox.
End to end, no clear cut chances. The ball and players skidding off the ground. Pretty even. John Sutherland thought he was through at one stage but the linesman correctly had him offside.
George Barbarouses charges on to a cross but his volley is wide.
Wiremu Patrick and Hancock have a coming together with the hoardings as they aquaplane off the pitch. No one injured.
Cheriton opens up the right side of the Otago defence and cuts the ball back to Duncan but Duncans cross is too close to Highfield who takes it.
Fifii in to the area but after beating two men Highfeld smothers the shot.
GOAL - From the resulting corner it's taken short to Cheriton and deflected out to Te Anau on the edge of the area. He send it wide to Patrick who's inch perfect cross finds Sutherland beating the offside trap and scoring. 1-0 to the home side.
GOAL - Cheriton breaks, Highfield over-commits and Cheriton rounds him to finish. Team Wellington 2-0.
The rain is back here. Wiremu Patrick makes use of it to slide through Hancock. The resulting free kick is sent low in to the area looking for a touch from Knox but it doesn't quite come off.
Duncan breaks in to the area and Rodeka dives in but while Ducan hit the deck it's adjudged to not have been a foul.
Otago on the break crossed in but Imray palms it to Wiremu Patrick who is in space on the edge of the area who starts a break.
Have to say, referee Waugh's use of a purple shirt and a pink whistle is an interesting Combination.
Great football. Fifii's tight control put's the ball through to SUtherland sho steps between two men and shoots but Highfield pulls out a great stop to collapse on the ball and scrambles to drag it in.
Connor accidentally get's the ball with his hand as he slips over but then kicks the ball away after the foul is given and become's the first name crayoned into referee Waugh's notebook.
Good Attacking play from the homeside there. Highfield smothers a Sutheland shot, Fifii get's to the rebound and shoots past Highfield but he's covered by one of his defenders.
Highfield pulls off another good save, point blank but Highfield spreads himself large and makes a good stop.
Half time 2-0. Imray has had a to make a couple of stops but nothing to difficult while Highfield has been busy. The score probably reflects the balance of play.
We're off again. No changes for either side at the half.
Wellington through the middle at pace. Fifii ball is picked up on the back of his heel by Sutherland who sends it wide with Highfield beaten.
Otago going well here firstly a dangerous cross from 'Yellow fever Scholarship' winner Tristan Prattley, then a nice ball to Knox who's great first touch sends them through but Team Wellington scramble
Lovely ball again from Otago pushes Knox through but the ball get's caught under his feet and the home team again scramble clear.
SUB : Michael Fifii off for Hicham Kamri.
SUB : Rodeka off Rickerby on.
SUB : Tade on for Sutherland for Team Wellington
Fantastic reaction save by Imray. Otago free kick on the edge of the D takes two deflections before Imray puts out the big right hand and scoops it around the post.
Kamri breaks on to a ball but Highfield comes out of the area and cleans up coming out to almost the centre circle.
Te Anau leaves three Otago players sprawled in the mud but his final pass not quite the same quality.
Threatening ball across the Wellington area from Coburn but no one can quite get on the end of it. The ball is sent back in from the otherside and it requires a great tackle from Karl Whalen to save Team Wellington.
Te Anau goes in the book for a late challnge.
SUB : Te Anau on form Romain Cornand
SUB : Ruggles on for someone.
Not sure how Otago haven't scored here. A Whalen clearance hits Knox and puts three Otago players in on goal but Ruggles launches it across the face.
Team Wellington's turn to butcher a chance. Tade and Kamri unlock the defence with slick passing but they passed once too often and the play fell down.
Deep free kick for Otago finds Seaman's head. A quick push on the defender gives him space but he put's it over.
Duncan and Tom Connor have a coming together in the corner. Free kick to Team Wellington comes to nothing though.
GOAL : Team Wellington break and they send the ball out to Cheriton who's cross to Kamri is headed home despite a valiant effort from Highfield. Team Wellington 3-0.
RED CARD : Andy Coburn gets a straight Red. He's gone in hard from behind on Cornand and Waugh rightly gives him a red. Horner and Seaman then both earn yellows for disputing the decision.
Kamri almost in there. ball just seemed to hold up in the puddle and he's hit it wide.
Dave Hayman replaces Paul Hayman.
GOAL : Tade does the MacAllister and knocks in the 4th, ball sent across the area by Kamri but Otago's clearance isn't good and an initial save from Highfield ends up with Tade who makes no mistake
GOAL : A clearnace falls to babrbarouses who beats three men nthen slidess Kamri in who finishes powerfully to make it 5.
Ruggles brings out some skill there. Controls the ball of his chest then his knee and shoots, Imray only just pushes it wide as he mis-controls it.
And that's it folks. A pretty comprehensive result in the end for the home team.