ASB Premiership - Semi Final 2nd-leg,
Waitakere United win 6-3 on aggregate
Aaron Clapham (PEN) 31'
Halftime: 1-0 Referee: Peter O'Leary Crowd:280
by John Donnachie at Tulett Park, Christchurch
While the final result merely confirmed Waitakere's passage to another Grand Final, the 1-0 win was especially satisfying for Dragons coach Keith Braithwaite. He was full of praise for his embattled team after the match.
“I'm really proud of the boys and the effort they put into today since the earthquake. I thought it was a bloody good game of football. They (Waitakere) did not come down to mess around. They wanted to win the game too,” he said.
1 Tom Batty
28 Andy Ralph
2 Dan Terris
2 Jason Rowley
3 Nick Wortelboer
3 Aaron Scott
5 Tom Schwarz
4 Timothy Myers
6 Glen Collins (Miles 71')
7 Martin Bullock
7 Aaron Clapham
8 Chris Bale
9 Russell Kamo
10 Allan Pearce
12 Gagame Feni (Faichnie 59')
13 Mike Gwyther (Emblen 71')
14 Joe Murray
17 Jake Butler (Payne 71')
19 Jeremy Wild (McDermott 83')
19 Dakota Lucas
23 Andrew Barton
20 Ryan de Vries
4 Gareth Rowe
1 Danny Robinson(GK)
10 Sam Miles (in 71')
14 Tim Payne (in 71')
11 Ryan Faichnie (in 59')
16 Neil Emblen (in 71')
15 Danny Attwell
21 Ant Hobbs
13 Garry McDermott (in 83')
23 Ashton Pett
=2 yellow cards
= red card
Play by Play
Welcome to Tulett Park in Christchurch for today's Semi Final 2nd-leg. The visitors and champions-Waitakere United have a commanding lead from the 1st leg (6-2)and should progress to what would be their 6th Grand Final. But do not write off this Canterbury side.
Almost underway.. teams in sheds going over final prep
Andrew Barton almost scores after good move between Kamo and Clapham on the edge of the Waitakere box. Ralph makes good blocking save
At other end De Vries attempted cross is blocked for a corner.
Allan Pearce cross finishes with shot from De Vries which is held by Batty.
Great save from Batty from a Martin Bullock free-kick -keeper finger tips away the effort for a corner.
Corner is cleared by Schwarz
Great run and shot from Gagame Feni is pushed round the post by Ralph
All action at the start of this match-both sides going for the jugular
Ralph saves at the feet of Barton inside the 6 yard box-another near opportunity for Canty.
Waitakere not holding back despite taking big lead into match.
Clapham looking lively in the middle. good run and cross causes havoc in visitors box.
Clapham tries snap-shot from 25 yards out just clears Ralph's Bar.
Joe Murray makes good run and cross-but Ralph is there and he smothers the cross
Canty still on top with plenty of possession -just needing some thrust in the last third of the field.
Again another threatening move and cross from Murray finishes with Ralph collecting the ball before the close attentions of Feni.
PENALTY CANTY- Russell Kamo makes a great incisive run into the Waitakere box and before is uprooted inside the 6 yard box.
GOAL-Clapham scores with the most exquisite chip down the middle
It's all Canty. Free-kick from Clapham goes straight across the goal without no takers.
BOOKING-Waitakere's Chris Bale is booked for challenge on Barton in the middle of the field.
Dangerous cross from Jeremy Wild causes visitors more problems goes out for a corner. Corner from Clapham is saved by Ralph.
Waitakere trying to get back into it.
Canterbury playing some of their best football this season.
Gagame Feni threatening with runs from all over the field. But Aaron Scott makes timely intervention
Corner for Canterbury comes to nothing and the visitors survive again
Canty on attack already. Corner from Clapham is cleared at near post.
Waitakere threaten but De Vries is called up for offside.
Terris BOOKED For holding onto De vries- Free-kick for Waitakere
Bullock produces another clever delivery which causes panic in Canty defence before Schwarz finally heads clear.
BOOKING Mike Gywther for an innocous challenge on Canty keeper Tom Batty
Delay as Batty recieves attention after that challenge.
BOOKING Bullock trips Feni in middle of field
Free-kick Canty 25 yards out far side of box. Clapham is so close-brings save out of Ralph at far post-Corner canty-finishes with Jeremy Wild shot which is saved comfortably at near post by Ralph
BOOKING for Nick Wortelboer. Meanwhile, Substitution for Canty Ryan Faichnie replaces Gagame Feni.
After some concerted pressure in and around box Canty get another corner- Keeper Ralph is fouled following corner. Free-kick Waitakere.
Corner Waitakere-Bullock's cross is cleared. Canty's Ryan Faichnie BOOKED for slowing down Waitakere free-kick. Meanwhile De Vries shoots over and Gywther almost runs clean through Canty box before Batty intervenes at his feet.
De Vries cross finds Pearce on his own but Batty makes great save with his foot as the striker tries to place his shot into the far corner. Corner kick flies across open goal with no takers.
Barton falls in Waitakere box under a challenge-but no penalty.
SUBS: Canty Sam Miles for Glen Collins
and for Waitakere United: Tim Payne for Dakota Lewis and Neil Emblen for Mike Gywther
De Vries almost nips in to score after wriggling clear of the Canty defence but his effort is cleared inside the 6 yard box
Waitakere coach Emblen is playing up front as the visitors start to use a more direct route of attack
Joe Murray goal is disallowed for hand-ball by Andrew Barton in lead up to his drive from outside the box.
Great defending from Dan Terris does enough to put Waitakere striker alan pearce of -He shoots wide of Batty's near post.
Miles fails to connect to a Barton cross and glances his header wide of goal-good chance
CANTY SUB- Garry McDermott for Jeremy Wild
Time running out for Canty,though there will beconsiderable amount of injury time
de Vries makes good cross Payne effort is blocked for corner.-nothing comes of it.
Free-kick from half-way line from Wortelboer-Canty brings scramble in visitors goal area - Barton's shot is goalbound but is blocked by a number of white jerseys protecting the goal
RED CARD for Waitakere's Chris Bale for talking back to referee
Meanwhile Miles almost connects to Murray cross.
5 minutes of extra time coming up
Waitakere striker Pearce tries speculative lob from edge of box-just over
Cries for handball as Murray shoots at body of Waitakere defender
It's all over Congrats Waitakere on making Grand Final