ASB Premiership - Week 15,
Linfield Park, Christchurch
Sunday 20 February, 2011
Sam Miles 45'
Liam Lockhart 66'
Halftime:1-0 Referee: Matthew Conger Crowd: 250+
by John Donnachie at Linfield Park
Before then, Canterbury had created numerous opportunities with winger Gagame Feni a constant menace. The Solomon Islander never gave the visitors defence any downtime with his probing, mazy runs from all over the field.
He would have scored at least twice himself, had it not been for the reflexes of Highfield in the Otago goal.
After the break, the one-way traffic towards the Otago goal continued. Within five minutes of the restart Otago full-back Tom Sadd lost possession inside his own box, and Dragons' top scorer Russell Kamo nipped in before Highfield could respond, to net his eighth goal of the season.
There seemed no way back for Otago and the home faithful sensed the flood gates could open. However, and not for the first time this season, the Dragons' managed to invite the opposition back into the game.
From a rare Otago foray and corner, Dragons' midfield pivot Glen Collins scored an own goal- after looping a header into the top far corner past the redundant Tom Batty.
Not long after, Dragons' coach Keith Braithwaite replaced the impressive Sam Miles with Joe Murray. It proved a good decision. Within a few minutes of entering the fray, Murray scored from deep inside the Otago box. After he found himself on the end of another mazy run from Gagame Feni.
Later, Dragons skipper Dan Terris, playing in his 100th game, nearly got in on the act with a speculative drive, which just whistled by from around 20 yards out. It did not matter.
Afterwards, a disappointed Otago coach, Malcolm Fleming, conceded there was only one team that had turned up . “If you don't cherish the ball, you can't expect to win. Every time we got to the last third of the field we gave it up.”
Fleming also lamented the discipline of his team. “We had far too many stupid bookings in that first half. It's all very well saying sorry, but you have to get your head down and keep playing. It was just so frustrating today.”
Dragons' coach, Keith Braithwaite meanwhile, was delighted with side's overall performance. “It was great team effort. We just wanted to make sure we got three points today. I thought Highfield (Otago keeper) kept them in it. We were deserved winners today.”
Best for Canterbury, the busy Gagame Feni, while in the middle, the industry of Aaron Clapham and Glen Collins was tireless. Young Sam Miles deserves a mention too, capping a lively performance with a vital goal.
1) Tom Batty
1) Adam Highfield
2) Dan Terris (c)
6) Tom Sadd
4) Gareth Rowe
8) Paul Seaman
5) Tom Schwarz
11) Andy Coburn
6) Glen Collins
12) James Reichwien(Burgess 57')
7) Aaron Clapham
16) James Govan
9) Russell Kamo
19) Chris Anderson
10) Sam Miles (Murray 61')
21) Liam Lockhart (Mephan78')
11) Ryan Faichnie (McDermott 83')
23) Ant Hancock (Rodeka 64')
12) Gagame Feni (Wortleboer 72')
25) Tom Connor
19) Jeremy Wild
26) Tristan Prattley
3) Nick Wortelboer (in 72')
13) Cam Burns (RGK)
13) Garry McDermott (in 83')
9) Aaron Burgessin 57')
14) Joe Murray (in 61')
18) Harley Rodeka (in 64')
15) Danny Attwell
28) Sam Mepham (in 72')
23) Andrew Barton
7) Nathan Knox
=2 yellow cards
= red card
Play by Play
Welcome to Linfield Park in East Christchurch, for what could be the last time this season. And what a way to finish- a South Island derby match with Canterbury and Otago. Both sides are still in play-off contention, so this game should be anything but an end of season yawn. Going by the form-book the outcome is to hard to call-expect a roller-coaster ride with plenty of goalmouth action. Conditions are fine though breezy-temperature around 21 degrees. Late news: word is Nathan Knox, a shock inclusion in Otago Squad, could make an appearance at some stage.
1' Good lively start, Sam Miles shoots just over from edge of box. Corner for Canty follows comes to nothing.
4' Plenty of industry in the midfield, but little in the way of goal-mouth action
8'Feni almost breaks deadlock runs through heart of Otago defence but Highfield stands up ans saves from close in.
9'Again Feni tests Highfield with turn and shot in the box. The young Solomon Islander looking very dangerous in the opening exchanges.
11'Still all Canty, Feni again shoots for goal, but this time it is too weak to trouble Highfield.
13'Otago post first real effort on goal. Prattely corner and glancing header from Tom Sadd goes wide.
15'Another corner for Otago comes to nothing... Sadd fires over the upright.
17' Canty's Ryan Faichnie has good turn and shot-just wide of Highfield's far post.
19'Miles and Feni combine for Canty, but Feni makes a poor pass just at the vital moment.
20'Clapham makes an interception but as Kamo races clear flag goes up for off-side.
22' Canty again threaten-Miles makes a great pass which opens up Otago defence, but Russell Kamo shoots tamely at Highfield
24'Otago not offering much up front, Batty not had much to do.
26'James Reichwein for Otago almost gets a header on goal 6 yards out but it drifts wide.
28'Jeremy Wild tries a speculative shot 25 yards out at goal just to high, and Highfield is relieved
29'Feni again tormenting Otago defence. He moves inside the box of the wing and shoots just over the bar.
31'Otago's Andy Coburn good run down wing but shoots straight at Highfield 20 yards out.
33' Lull in proceedings looking for a new corner flag!
35'Booking for Otago- James Reichwien
37'Tom Connor now booked for Otago for bodycheck on Canty's Ryan Faichnie
39'CLapham puts in a dangerous cross but it is cleared comfortably by Otago central defence.
41'Otago certainly competing in midfield areas but are lacking a genuine goal threat in the last third of the field.
44'GOAL Canty Clapham freekick is not cleared in the centre of Otago box, Miles seizes the moment controls the ball and turns his shot towards goal-it is almost held by Highfield but it crosses the line -just! inside the far post.
Almost underway.. Paul Seaman (Otago) was booked at the end of the first half
47' Feni immeadiately resumes his attacking flair on Otago defence. Dribbling into otago area but just loses control on edge of box.
49' Otago on attack, but again no thrust in the danger zone.Batty makes clearance and Canty back on attack.
50' Clapham freekick from mid-way causes -headed out for a corner. HighField saves resultant corner comfortably.
51'GOAL CANTY- Otago defender Tom Sadd caught in possession inside his own box. Kamo gets in front of Highfield and scores easily.
53' Canty very much in control, Sam Miles comes close, good effort just wide from inside of Otago box.
55' OTAGO SUB: change of strikers :James Reichwien off and Aaron Burgess on.
57' Feni gives possession away and Otago's James Govan just misses with a great effort from 25 yards out.
59' CANTY SUB Joe Murray on for young Sam Miles
61 OTAGO SUB Hancock off for Harley Rodeka. Corner Otago but Canty hold firm.
63' Clapham and Faichnie combine down the flank but comes to nothing.
64 GOAL OTAGO Glen Collins(OG) heads into his own net off an Otago corner.
69' GOAL CANTY Joe Murray scores after mazy run from Gagame Feni inside Otago box.
It's all happening here end to end action.
73' CANTY SUB-Feni off for Nick Wortelboer
75' Dan Terris has a pot -25 yards out just wide from Canty skipper who is making his 100th appearance today
76' The goal glut has slowed-for the time being-still looks like goals in this match.
78' Free-kick Otago. Burgess free-kick almost catches out Batty but the keeper keeps nerve and saves.
79' Schwarz makes timely intervention as Otago mount attack down the flank. He tidies up and clears
SUB CANTY: Ryan Faichnie off for Garry McDermott
81' Murray tries shot at goal after move with Wortelboer on edge of Otago box.
82'Chance for Otago- Seaman plays in Burgess, but as he goes round Batty he runs out of room.. ball goes out for goal kick
84' Still end to end stuff
87' Canty looking safe now as clock ticks down
89' 2 minutes added on..
90+2 Otago having one last go, but it will be a consolation only.
All over 3-1 Canty