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Hawke's Bay United

Canterbury United


ASB Premiership - Week 13
Sunday 30th January, 2011
Park Island, Napier


Jarrod SMITH 14'

Russell KAMO 27'  32'



Halftime:  1-2                     Referee:  Peter O'Leary                        Crowd:  450


Kamo double sends Dragons home happy

by Heath Caldwell at Park Island

NAPIER - Canterbury United bounced back from a goal down to earn a nail-biting 2-1 victory over Hawke's Bay United thanks to a double strike by Russell Kamo at Park Island on Sunday.

Described as must win match by both sides, it was Canterbury that come away happier of the two.

Their playoff destiny is firmly in their own hands after they overcame a Hawke's Bay United side that missed the leadership and organisation of suspended captain Jonathan Taylor.

Three wins in their final three games will see Canterbury into the semi-finals for the secon consecutive season.

Hawke's Bay started the better of the two teams and really should have been 1-0 up when Jarrod Smith shot just wide after a perfect Andy Bevin pass found him one on one with Canterbury goalkeeper Tom Batty.

Smith made ammends when he put the home side ahead on 14 minutes when he calmly slotted home beyond Batty after some great work from Phil Doran and Scott Gannon.

Hawke's Bay's habit of leaking goals after taking the lead nearly came back to haunt them when Tom Schwarz deflected shot from a Gagame Feni cross rolled wide of Richard Gillespie's post.

But it didn’t take long for Canterbury to level the match.

Hard working striker Russell Kamo grabbed the first of two goals when he got on the end of a long ball and dinked it over Hawke's Bay centre back Marama Thompson before expertly dispatching the ball into the top right hand corner of the net.

Kamo was at it again five minutes later after Hawke's Bay failed to clear an innocuous Jeremy Wild cross.

The attempted clearance fell to Kamo and his left foot volley gave Richard Gillespie no chance.

Canterbury finished the first half in the ascendency.

With Hawke's Bay's playoff slot slipping from their grasp, Hawke's Bay coach Matt Chandler introduced Leon Birnie and Lucas Da Silva into the fray and the move almost paid dividends when Birnie was put through one on one with Batty only to see his shot saved by the legs of the Canterbur goalkeeper.

With plenty of chances spurned by both teams in a pulsating second half, it was Canterbury who held on for victory after a drama-filled encounter.

Canterbury coach Keith Braithwaite admitted the result could have gone either way and reflected on a team performance that got them over the line.

“We started well but we conceded early and I thought here we go again. But we dug deep and showed commitment and it was a real team effort," he said.

Hawke's Bay United coach Matt Chandler was philosophical in defeat but still felt his side were still in the running to make the playoffs for the first time in competition history. 

“We still think we have a chance and there are still nine points to play for in our next three games," Chandler said.

But it is Canterbury have a slender two point advantage over the chasing pack in what is shaping up to be an intriguing playoff chase.


Team Sheet

Hawke's Bay United


Canterbury United

1. Richard GILLESPIE (GK)

1. Tom BATTY (GK)

2. Phil DORAN

2. Dan TERRIS (c)

3. Marvin EAKINS (DA SILVA 54')

4. Gareth ROWE



5. Bill ROBERTSON (c)


7. Scott GANNON (BIRNIE 53')

7. Aaron CLAPHAM

11. Jarrod SMITH

9. Russell KAMO

12. Andy BEVIN

10. Sam MILES (OVERTON 73')

14. Marama THOMPSON

12. Gagama FENI

15. Fergus NEIL (GEAREY 65')

19. Jeremy WILD

20. Chris MCIVOR

23. Andrew BARTON (WARTELBOER 46')



25. Shaun PETA (RGK)

3. Nick WORTELBOER (on 46')

8. Leon BIRNIE (on 53')

8. Darren OVERTON (on 73')

17. David GEAREY (on 65')

13. Garry MCDERMOTT (on 80')

22. Ryan MARTIN

25. Andy PITMAN

23. Lucas DA SILVA (on 54')


=yellow card

=2 yellow cards

= red card

Play by Play


Welcome to Park Island, Napier, for this Week 13, ASB Premiership clash between play-off rivals Hawke's Bay United and Canterbury United. Conditions are perfect here in Napier for a game which could have a major bearing on the race for the fourth play-off spot. 


We are underway here at Park Island and straight away Hawkes Bay are on the attack with Jarrod SMITH having a shot which goes out for a throw in.


YELLOW CARD - Early card for Hawkes Bay as Phil DORAN is booked for a rash tackle on Andrew BARTON.


First real chance as Hawkes Bay's Andy BEVIN slides a great ball which puts Jarrod SMITH through one on one with the goalkeeper but he side foots his shot just to the right of the post.


Another chance for Hawkes Bay as Canterbury fail to clear their lines and Phil DORAN flashes a shot across the face of the goal from the corner of the box.


Canterbury on the attack and win the first corner of the match after Bill ROBERTSON clears a loose ball. The corner is easily cleared by Hawkes Bay.


 GOAL Great defensive work by Phil DORAN allows Hawkes Bay to break as Scott GANNON feeds Jarrod SMITH who calmly slots past the advancing Tom BATTY into the corner of the net.


Canterbury almost level it up immediately after Gagama FENI beats 3 men in the box and crosses for Tom SCHWARTZ whose shot gets a deflection and just rolls past the post for a corner.


Both teams guilty of losing possession with the game becoming a little niggly with plenty of physical challenges.


 GOAL Equaliser for Canterbury as Russell KAMO gets on the end of a long ball and superbly chips over Hawkes Bay centreback Marama THOMSPON and then beats Richard GILLESPIE with a great finish in to the top corner of the net.


 GOAL Canterbury take the lead as Marama THOMPSON fails to clear a cross from the left by Jeremy WILD and the ball falls to Russell KAMO who smashes in a shot with his left foot from 15 yards leaving Richard GILLESPIE with no chance.


Hawkes Bay look to respond as Chris GREATHOLDER drills a shot past Tom BATTY'S right hand post from 25 yards.


Canterbury starting to dictate terms here as Gagama FENI finds plenty of space on the left but his cross is just to high and runs out for a goal kick.


FENI again finds space down the left and puts a great cross into the box from the byline which is just a touch to high for Andrew BARTON at the far post.


Chris MCIVOR is robbed of possession by Aaron CLAPHAM and triggers a break for CANTERBURY which this time leads to nothing at FENI misplaces a pass after a few party tricks in the box.


HALFTIME: Hawkes Bay United 1-2 Canterbury United. Referee Peter O'Leary brings to an end a very entertaining first half here at Park Island where Canterbury will be the happier team and look good value for their lead.


SUBSTITUTION - 1 change for Canterbury as we get underway for the second half with #23 Andrew BARTON replaced by #3 Nick WORTELBOER.


Early chance in the second half for Canterbury as Russell KAMO finds space in the box but his low shot is easily saved by Richard GILLESPIE.


 YELLOW CARD - Glen Collins can have no complaints as he receives a yellow card for a very rough tackle on Andy BEVIN near the halfway line.


Hawkes Bay win their first corner after some good work down the right from Jarrod SMITH and Andy BEVIN. The corner is taken short but comes to nothing as Aaron Clapham clears for Canterbury.


Great chance for Hawkes Bay as Andy BEVIN magically takes down a long ball and beats a man before feeding Scott GANNON who blasts over from 15 yards on the angle.


SUBSTITUTION - First sub for Hawkes Bay as #7 Scott GANNON is replaced by #8 Leon Birnie.


SUBSTITUTION - Another sub for Hawkes Bay as #3 Marvin EAKINS is replaced by #23 Lucas DA SILVA. Attacking changes by Matt Chandler as his side looks for the equaliser.


The substitutions almost pay dividends straight away as Leon BIRNIE finds himself one on one with the goalkeeper but Tom BATTY saves brilliantly with his legs with the ball then bouncing into the path of Andy BEVIN and his cross finds Chris MCIVOR who somehow manages to put the ball over the bar from 2 yards.


Freekick for Hawkes Bay 25 yards out from goal as Jarrod SMITH is hacked down by Gareth ROWE who is lucky not to get booked. SMITH takes the freekick himself but his low shot is saved by Tom BATTY after a little fumble.


SUBSTITUTION - Final sub for Hawkes Bay which is injury enforced as #15 Fergus Neil limps off and is replaced by the scorer of the first ever NZFC goal, #17 David GEAREY.


Russell KAMO does well in the box and finds Aaron CLAPHAM but his shot is weak and lobs to Richard GILLESPIE who makes an easy save.


SUBSTITUTION - Canterbury sub as #10 Sam MILES is replaced by #8 Darren OVERTON.


YELLOW CARD - Hawkes Bay captain for the day Bill ROBERTSON, who is atually playing with a broken hand, is carded for a foul on the impressive Gagama FENI.


Great save by Richard GILLESPIE as Hawkes Bay again give away possession as Aaron Clapham goes on a mazy run only for the big Hawkes Bay shot stopper to get a good hand on his goal bound shot.


David GEAREY threads a brilliant ball through to Andy BEVIN who is one on one with the goalkeeper but can't quite get a foot on it and looks to be taken out by Tom BATTY. Calls for a penalty but nothing given by referee Peter O'Leary.


SUBSTITUTION - Final sub for Canterbury as #6 Glen COLLINS is replaced b #13 Garry MCDERMOTT.


Aaron CLAPHAM again has a shot but this time it sails over the bar.


Freekick for Hawkes Bay in a dangerous position but is wasted after the ball from Phil DORAN is met by Bill ROBERTON who is in an offside position.


Great chance for Canterbury to wrap it up as the ball falls to Nick WORTELBOER but his shot his brilliantly saved by Richard GILLESPIE.


Bill ROBERTSON lucky not to pick up his second yellow card as he gives away a free kick on the corner of the box. Aaron CLAPHAM sends in a cross from the free kick but the ball is well cleared by the Hawkes Bay defence.


The fourth official indicates a minimum of 5 minutes additional time.


Again Gagama FENI causes problems for Hawkes Bay as he glides into the Hawkes Bay box and flashes a shot across the face of the goal.


Almost the equaliser for Hawkes Bay as Chris MCIVOR hits his trademark dipper from 25 yards only to see it fly past Tom BATTY'S right hand post.


Hawkes Bay piling on the pressure as a Chris MCIVOR cross is cleared for a corner. The corner is whipped in but cleared by Canterbury who break but GILLESPIE comes out of his box to expertly avert the danger.


FULLTIME: Hawkes Bay United 1-2 Canterbury United. An enthralling game has ended with the visitors taking the 3 points and leapfrogging Hawkes Bay into fourth place on the table.