ASB Premiership - Week 14
Tahuna Park, Dunedin
Sunday 13 February, 2011
Chris Anderson 22'
Joachim Rande 36'
Halftime: 2 - 1 Referee: Chris Kerr Crowd: ~200
by Rab Smith at Tahuna Park
Liam Lockhart – better known for his height and heading power - was first to a loose ball after a right wing corner by Tristan Prattley to make it 2-0 moments later and the home side looked in line for a run away win.
Buckling under steady pressure, Michael Fraser, who had replaced Rande, showed pace and composure to drive a narrow angled shot in for a 3-2 scoreline with eight minutes to go.
With precious seconds ticking away, it was Burgess who was calmness itself as he slotted home his 93rd minute winner.
"After a top start and some of the best football we’ve played – we sunk to the abysmal and were eight minutes from our season being dead," he said.
For Manawatu the unenviable record of lowest ever points achieved in a season looms, although in a strange twist, the Palmerston North side has now scored more goals than Otago and Hawke's Bay United, two teams still very much in the hunt for honours.
1. Adam Highfield (GK, C)
1. Matt Brorren
6. Tom Sadd
2. Nobuyishi Ishi
11. Andy Coburn
3. Matt Smith
12. James Reichwein (Mephan 67')
4. Colin Falvey (C)
16. James Govan (Burgess 57')
6. Matt Kennedy
19. Chris Anderson
8. Nat Cooksley
21. Liam Lockhart (Rodeka 85')
12. Joachim Rande (Fraser 46')
23. Ant Handcock
15. Pablo Moya
25. Tom Conor
18. Dale Higham
26. Tristan Prattley
20. Willie Hodge (Chettleburgh 78')
27. Morgan Day
25. Jono Steele
22. Callum Flaws (RGK)
5. Josh Chettleburgh (in 78')
9. Aaron Burgess (in 57')
9. Michael Fraser (in 46')
20. Matt Brook
19. Naka Junya
28. Sam Mephan (in 67')
7. Jordon Martins
18. Harley Rodeka (in 85')
=2 yellow cards
= red card
Play by Play
Welcome to Tahuna Park, Dunedin for today's ASB Premiership, Week 14, clash between playoff chasing Otago United and cellar-dwellers, YoungHeart Manawatu. Standby for a scintillating afternoon of football as hosts Otago chase only their second ever playoff berth while Manawatu go in search of the points that will ensure they avoid setting a new lowest ever points total for the ASB Premiership.
Otago win toss and ends are switched
Manawatu kick off and Otago make the early snatch ending up with Govan taking an early shot
Highfield picks up the cross and holds it, everone moves back up the field and Highfield slows play down as he drop the ball to his feet and walks it up before giving it a big boot
Manawatu break free and Higham is left with a one on one with Highfield, he strikes the ball sending it out wide of the upright
Prattley takes the free kick just inside Manawatu's half, the ball is left for captain Falvey to head clear
Lockhart does well to put his body in the way of Higham who continues to try and cross the ball
Rande takes a shot at Otago's goal from 30yards only just going wide, Highfield makes the dive but comes up short
Otago are trying to move back upfield to an attacking role but with 5 defenders sitting on Manawatu's back line they can't break through
Falvey is again called on to clear the high attacking ball with his head
Manawatu is given a head on shot from 26 yards after questionable tackle, Cooksley takes the kick and gives it into the 6 yard box with a lob.
The ball is given long and picked up by Anderson who knocks it a likke too far and struggles to get the final foot on it
Day shows great attacking skills, smothering the ball as its collected from Manawatu's back line and passing it off, the final shot by Govan wasn't up to par
Prattley takes another free kick from inside Manawatu's half, putting it on the Heads of his teams sitting at Manawatu's back post, the head comes in but flys over the cross bar
GOAL, Anderson picks up Prattley's cross in and a quick flick on by Hancock allows Anderson to place it with no problems, 1 - nil to Otago
Prattley takes another free kick, Coburn getting his head on it to keep it up and sends it back but no one else can pick it up
GOAL, Lockhart picks up the corner from Prattley putting another past Brorren to extend Otago's lead
Manawatu move the ball around to try keep it away from Otago, but poor passing gives it away after only a few touches
Otago again come close to a finish but unable to turn and knock the ball on quick enough
Otago's defence keeps their goal clear blocking 2 shots with Cooksley putting the final shot too far wide
Otago show holes in Manawatu's defence as the pass the last line again and get a shot off, Brorren make the save to keep Otago in chasing chance
GOAL, Unable to clear the ball from Rande's close shave, Sadd dives in to clear but ends up putting it over the goal line
Manawatu's defence still showing holes, the ball is collected by Coburn who crosses it between 3 Manawatu defenders before being cleared
Play has settled as Manawatu hold Otago to the center of the pitch, both teams stopping from the other going any further
Manawatu make the run down the side, but end up just giving the ball away.
Yellow Card given to Rande who is taken out when trying to get the ball off Prattley
Half time called, Otago 2 - Manawatu 1
Otago kick off, Manawatu are forced back, Otago managing to make an attack
Otago gain an early half free kick, Prattley stepping up again, Prattley curves it into Manawatu's goal, defenders head gets enough on it to put it over the cross bar
Manawatu now try a break away but unable to get past Otago's defence, taking the shot outside the 18yard and putting it low and wide
Coburn tries to get in a cross but the ball just escapes him to cross the line
Higham makes it past Otago's defence to put in a strike, Highfield gets down and stops it quickly
Day makes a great save, reading the game and sliding in just at the right moment to stop Ishi from putting in a shot
Higham is trying to get Manawatu up but he can't hold the ball for ever as he is force to cross in
Manawatu gain a free kick in a great position to level the score
Ishi puts the ball into Otago's 6yard box and its close calls at the feet fly to try and direct the ball, Otago finaly managing to clear it out of the 18 yard box only to have it fly back in but this time high over the cross bar
Day gives some more sparkle as his time is right on the mark with another tackle
Otago unable to get a head to the high ball.
Cobrun makes his way to the center of Manawatu's defence and passes through, his shot not Good enough
Manawatu are now back fighting, with the score level the hopes are high of them gaining the 3 points in this half
Otago are caught offside as they attempt to break away. Highfield makes a punt down to Brorren.
Otago make a run down the far wing, getting well into Manawatu's half before they give the ball away, Manawatu work with a counter attack getting them a corner
Ishi puts it right on the penaty spot and Smith gets the head on it but too much putting it over the cross bar
A close call for Otago with Highfield putting it over, Ishi takes the corner but it struck too low and Otago fight to clear.
Handcock tries his luck placing the ball low and hard from 20 yards, Brorren makes quick work and holds the ball
Brorren sends the ball down to Highfields hards and Highfield returns the favor as he attemps to give Otago a break away
GOAL, Coburn levels the score with a cracker of a shot putting it into the upright to get around Brorren
Players can be heard arguing as time ticks away and the score is still level
Manawatu gain an atvantage with a free kick in Otago's half
Steele puts it into Otago's 6yard but with Manawatu climbing over Otago's defender the ref calls for free kick
Sadd makes sure Manawatu can't get any crosses in as he puts his body in the way.
Burgess puts in a cross to try give Otago the winner but Otago are unable to join the ball to the back of the net
Otago gain a late corner giving them the best chance to put it away and gain the 3 points but Brorren plucks it from the air
Day gains the ball in a style that he has shown all game, Burgess gains the ball in the center, no defenders and a fast sprint allows his to place it to the right of Brorren to score GOAL, Burgess pulls off his shirt and gains a yellow card next to his goal
Full time called, Otago 4 - Manawatu 3