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Waitakere United

Hawke's Bay United


ASB Premiership - Round 1
Fred Taylor Park, Whenuapai
Saturday 22 October, 2011


Jake Butler 41'
Allan Pearce 80'
Roy Krishna 83'



Halftime: 1-0                 Referee: Peter O'LEARY                             Crowd 413 

Champions off the mark

by Bob PEARCE at Fred Taylor Park

Sean Lovemore congratulates Roy Krishna. United began the 2011/12 ASB Premiership as they finished the last with a win on home territory at Fred Taylor Park.

The victims this time were Hawkes Bay United, beaten 3-0 after trailing by a goal at halftime and rarely troubling the Waitakere defence.

It was a measure of Waitakere’s dominance that their goalkeeper, Danny Robinson, barely fielded a threatening shot all game while his counterpart, Richard Gillespie, came through a very busy afternoon with credit.

The young Bay team, without captain and key defender Bill Robertson through a hold-over suspension, made the mistake of defending too deep and allowing the home team to create a succession of attacks. That first spell produced 13 clear goal chances for Waitakere but their only reward came four minutes before the break when captain Jake Butler finally capitalised on a cross from Allan Pearce.

Bay pushed forward more in the second half and enjoyed a period of possession, though they still barely threatened the goal. The crushing blow came in the 78th minute when referee Peter O’Leary waved away a Waitakere foul flagged by a linesman and then awarded a penalty when Pearce was lowered by Alex Barlow.

Pearce took the spot kick, which Gillespie parried but could not hold, and followed up to score the second goal. With seven minutes to go Sean Lovemore, who had come on as a substitute, did the hard work for Roy Krishna to make it 3-0.

For Hawkes Bay, who fielded a very young side, there were plenty of might-have-beens with the absence of Robertson and striker Milos Nikolic, but coach Matt Chandler was far from down-hearted.

“Judge us when we’re at full strength,” he said. “We’ll be back. At this level you’ve got to score goals. I thought the penalty was a bit harsh and that was a defining moment. We changed our shape and tactics in the second half and had a good 20-minute spell but we needed to score.”

Without the suspended Robertson he was forced to play new recruit Adam Cowan in central defence rather than the midfield and that tended to make the team one dimensional in the first half, particularly.

Waitakere coach Neil Emblen was happy to take the points – “Top of the Premiership!” he quipped. But he was not too happy with the finishing when the first-half performance was so dominant.

“Our first half was very good,” he said. “We dictated the game like we wanted to. The second half was more of a scrappy game. The second goal allowed us to relax and play more football.

“It was a good start and the clean sheet was an added bonus.”

In a game where there was plenty of rust in the combinations one of the more experienced players stood out for the winners. Chris Bale seemed to be everywhere and earned the plaudits of his coach for his work in the midfield. Krishna, only back from Fiji a couple of days ago, was a handful for the defence to counter.

The Bay showed plenty of promise and defended valiantly. They will be a force in the league when they can make use of Cowan in midfield and add the injured Nikolic to their strike force. 


Team Sheet

Waitakere United


Hawke's Bay United

1. Danny ROBINSON (GK)

1. Richard GILLESPIE (GK)

2. Jason ROWLEY

2. Fergus NEIL

4. Tim MYERS

3. Alex BARLOW

7. Martin BULLOCK (Vale 86)

6. Stephen HINDMARCH

8. Chris BALE (Feni 81)

7. Matt HASTINGS (McIvor 46)

10. Alan PEARCE

8. Adam COWAN

11. Ross McKENZIE

11. Coner TINNION


14. Danny WILSON

17. Jake BUTLER

15. Rudi BAUERFIEND (Margetts 46)

20.Ryan DE VRIES

17. Tom BISS

24. Luke ADAMS




3. Aaron SCOTT


15. Gagame FENI

19. Chris MCIVOR

23. Andy RALPH (gk)



25. Shaun PETA (rk)

29. Jordan VALE


=yellow card

=2 yellow cards

= red card


Play by Play

0 mins

Cloudy day for the start with a stiff wind from the Kumeu end. Waitakere's Aaron Scott fails a fitness test and is listed on the bench.

0 mins still

Modest crowd in this city living the rugby dream, but more rolling in.

0 mins

Hawkes Bay playing from the Kumeu end

1 min

Bay kickoff and Waitakere make first attack of the season, easily repulsed

3 mins

Goalkick for Waitakere, slow build from back, Danny Wilson is shadowing dangerman Krishna.

5 mins

Adams long-range shot, Butler followup blocked, Krishna fires over top.

6 mins

Bullock yellow card for tackle on Tinnion. Freekick over top

8 mins

Adams makes good ground on right but cross blocked.

10 mins

Biss makes good ground but last pass goes astray.

12 mins

De Vries through but fires wide

15 mins

Everybody looks a bit rusty with passes going astray and team-mates looking at each other.

17 mins

Margetts slips defence but final pass goes awol

20 mins

Freekick by McKenzie well ahndled by Robinson.

21 mins

Bale and Bullock combine to setup chance, cleared for corner.

23 mins

Pearce outflanks defence on left and his tantalising shot/cross scrambled away by Gillespie

25 mins

Shot from de Vries, sails into the rough.

27 mins

Second shot by de Vries curls over the bar.

28 mins

Krishna beats defence on left but Pearce misses in front of goal.

30 mins

Pearce's green boots shoot wide from distance.

31 mins

One-way traffic at the moment with Waitakere dominating and the Bay drifting back in defence.

32 mins

Promising move by Hastings but Tinnion is caught offside.

34 mins

Krishna works his magic but his team-mates are not picking up on the tricks

35 mins

Long-range chip by Margetts sails over bar.

37 mins

Header by Butler from Bullock's pass, easily handled.

38 mins

McKenzie pass back forces Robinson into good save.

40 mins

Neither goalkeeper has yet been really stretched. Though Bay's defence has been tested.

40 mins

Yellow card for Krishna tackle on Cowan.

41 mins

GOAL! Butler finally fastens on to a cross from Pearce.

43 mins

Nearly another as Pearce and Krishna combine before Gillespie intervenes

45 mins

One minute to be added.Bale fires in last shot before the break. Waitakere are deserved leaders after dominating possession. Bay have defended well but they have barely tested Robinson in the Waitakere goal.

46 mins

Changes for the Bay. Margetts and McIvor on for Hastings and Bauerfiend.

48 mins

Pearce again makes ground on the right but Krishna botches finish

49 mins

A sprinkler comes on! Quickly off again.


Corner to Bay, first of match. Creative lineup but Robinson catches easily.

51 mins

Nice riposte from Waitakere with Bale Krishna and de Vries combining, but final shot poor.

54 mins

Bale through but can't pull the trigger.

58 mins

Yellow for Myers for dissent

61 mins

Long range shot by Pearce catches Gillespie off his line, just tips it round for corner.

64 mins

Not a lot of football being played as the wind tests skills.

66 mins

Right wing corner for Waitakere, crossed by McKenzie, header by Pearce flies wide

69 mins

Rare Bay shotby Tinnion, no trouble for Robinson

72 mins

Barlow fouled on edge of area by Adams. Margetts freekick heads for Kumeu.

77 mins

Yellow for Cowan for tackle on Krishna, Lovemore on for de Vries.

Freekick by Pearce easily saved.

78 mins

Penalty to Waitakere, Pearce lowered by Barlow who gets yellow. Pearce takes kick. GOAL! Gillespie dives and saves but Pearce follows up ans scores. 

81 mins

 Feni on for Bale.

83 mins

GOAL! Lovemore gets behind defence and Krishna finishes well.

89 mins

Waitakere line up for last shot and Krishna hit the bar.

90 mins

Two minutes to add.

91 mins

Bay earned second corner of game easily cleared.

92 mins

Final whistle. Deserved win for home tem but plenty of work to do for both