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Team Wellington

Waitakere United


ASB Premiership - Round 5
David Farrington Park, Wellington
Sunday 11 December, 2011


Patrick Fleming 33'

Jake Butler 59'
Allan Pearce 74'



Halftime:     1-0                  Referee:   Chris Kerr                             Crowd: 301


Waitakere edge Wellington

by Cameron Russell at David Farrington Park

WELLINGTON - Waitakere United couldn’t be kept at bay by a Wellington side who fought hard, but eventually squandered a first half lead and went down 2-1 at Dave Farrington Park.

Waitakere started the better of the two, attacking promisingly down both flanks early on. Roy Krishna looked dangerous braking through a make shift Wellington back four, but Waitakere failed to get players on the end of his crosses.

Krishna then found himself with space after Waitakere worked a move to give him space on the right, but he couldn’t manage to keep his shot down.

The home side went in front just after the half-hour mark through a well-placed Patrick Fleming free kick which was arguably their first real chance of the game. Dakota Lucas was brought down on the edge of the box, and Fleming curled his effort around the wall into the bottom corner.

Waitakere, who couldn’t finish their first half chances, finally broke through after 59 minutes when a Jake Butler shot from outside the box deflected in off Wellington defender Tim Schaeffers. Phil Imray anticipating the original shot was left stranded in goal.

Fifteen minutes later a static Wellington defence didn’t deal with a Waitakere corner and found themselves behind. Luke Adams, who had just come off the bench, headed a corner back across goal into Alan Pearce’s path to make it 2-1.

Wellington had few chances to equalise, but their best chance of the second-half fell to Michael White two minutes from time. White found the ball at his feet inside the box, but his effort rolled around Robinson and agonizingly came back off the post.

Team Wellington Coach Matt Calcott was disappointed his side couldn’t hold onto the lead, and blamed a lack of focus.

“It was just a lapse in concentration again, which is something that has continued to haunt us. We’re starting to go for 70 minutes, but it’s just that 15-20 minute period when things aren’t going our way that are costing us” said Calcott.

Despite the result, Calcott did take positives from his side’s performance, and believes things look up.

“I’m proud of the lads; we had three first choice center backs out through either suspension or injury and the guys who have stepped in have done fantastic. It shows we are getting stronger and improving as a team” Calcott added.

Neil Emblen praised the way his side reacted to going behind, saying they showed a lot of character.

“It’s an excellent result. I thought we played well in the first half until Wellington scored. We just switched off for a minute and let Dakota turn and win a free-kick. Patrick finished it nicely, but after that point I thought we were in control.

Emblen liked what he saw in the first half despite going into the changing rooms a goal behind.

“I said to the lads keep playing the same way. I was pleased and it was just our final ball in the final third of the pitch that was missing. We managed to get back into the game and go on and win, which is great” said Emblen.

The result moves Waitakere top of the table with Auckland on 12 points, while Wellington now sits five points out of the playoff places with one game remaining before the Christmas break.



Team Sheet

Team Wellington


Waitakere United

1. Phil Imray

1. Danny Robinson

2. Tim Schaeffers

2. Jason Rowley

3. Jamie Duncan

3. Aaron Scott (Adams 72)

4. Michael Eager

4. Tim Myers

6. Darren Cheriton

7. Martin Bullock

9. Patrick Fleming

8. Chris Bale

10. Dakota Lucas

10. Alan Pearce

11. Tyson Holmes (Galbraith 66)

11. Ross McKenzie

15. Sam Mason-Smith (White 77)

12. Roy Krishna

20. Luke Rowe

20. Ryan de Vries (Lovemore 90)

23. Louis Fenton

17. Jake Butler



25. Scott Basalaj (rgk)

20. Rory Turner

7. Wiremu Patrick

15. Gagame Feni

8. Michael White (on 77)

24. Luke Adams (on 72)

12. Ethan Galbraith (on 66)

25. Sean Lovemore (on 90)

22. Justin Gulley

22. Andy Ralph (rgk)


=yellow card

=2 yellow cards

= red card

Play by Play

Overcast but warm here in Wellington for the visit of Waitakere.  The pitch took a bit of rain earlier in the week while the Olympic side were playing a Team Wellington invitation side but looks in pretty good nick from a distance.  A small crowd drifting in as we approach kick-off.

The officials resplendent in Purple are encouraging the squads to start on time.

We'll get the squads sorted as time allows.

0 Min

...and we're off.  The home side playing towards the school end of Farrington Field.

1 Min

It's the visitors with the first shot though.  Bale hits a speculator from 30 yards but straight into the arms of Imray.  Then from a similar distance Holmes picks up on a badly controlled ball from Tim Myers but shoots well over.

3 Min

Krishna breaks wide left but his curling cross can't be met in the middle.  Wellington put it out for the corner.  From the corner Eager slices a clearance but Rowe on the far post hits it clear.

Krishna breaks the line again but Imray comes out to save at his feet.  Waitakere clearly dominant here early on.

4 Min

A close range cross is deflected out by Fleming for another corner.  Waitakere claim he used a hand but would have been harsh to see a penalty awarded.  Goood call from referee Kerr.

5 Min

Fenton breaks wide left for Team Wellington but his cross is easily cleared.  The new look Centre-Back pairing for Team Wellington looking a little shakey with Eager and Schaeffers.

7 Min

Waitakere pressure continues.  Another corner scrambled away.

16 Min

Evened up a little here and the chances have dried up.  De Vries breaks but Duncan plays the ball of him for the Goal kick.

17 Min

team Wellington break, well weighted cross has Bullock heading wide to just stop Fenton at the far post.

20 Min

Pearce with a dangerous cross that has Imray a little worried as it sails past his right post.

21 Min

De Vries beats Schaeffers all ends up and cuts the ball back to the penalty spot but the Wellington midfield clear it.

24 Min

Waitakere on top again now.  Team Wellington scrambling.

28 Min

Krishna squeezes a gap between Eager and Duncan to get a shot off but Imray stops it easily.

30 Min

Bullock and De Vries combine to get Krishna free on the right, but his wide shot is well over.

31 Min

Lucas skips past two defenders and is upended just outside the area in line with the edge of the 6 yard box.

32 Min

GOAL - Paddy Fleming puts the free kick around the wall and in to the corner past a stretching Robinson.  Well taken goal.

33 Min

Followed up with Louis Fenton on the end of another dangerous cross and Robinson has to drop to his feet to save the goalbound header.

35 Min

Rowe off his feet scrambling breaks up an attack with the ball at Krishna's feet.

37 Min

Waitakere free kick dead in front, they try to be flash but Lucas get's out of the wall and takes the ball of them.

40 Min

The home side almost in again.  Another dangerous Mason-Smith cross and Robinson can't hold it after a save from Lucas and the next shot hits the post but the man is offside.

40 Min

Waitakere at the other.  Team Wellington scrambling in the area to stop a Krishna shot but as de Vries goes to ground referee Kerr Gives the free kick to the homes side.

41 Min

Lucas puts Mason Smith through and he tries to put it across Robinson but it goes just wide of the post ahead of a stretching Louis Fenton.

42 Min

The home side break again, Lucas at the heart.  cuts in along the sideline at pace but a sliding tackle just stops him before he can cut the ball back.  It then drops to Fenton

Half time here and the home side lead.  Waitakere dominated for much of the game but the best real chances fell to the home side.

45 Min

Fenton on the attack down the left but possession lost.  Waitakere turn it around Peace on the break but Eager cleans him up and earns a yellow.

46 Min

Resulting free kick in the hands of Imray who takes confidently.

46 Min

Free kick at the other end wide left for Team Wellington, but there is a head clash in the area and Aaron Scott goes down clutching his head.

Turns out he is okay though and we restart wth an uncontested drop ball for Waitakere. 

51 Min

Lucas loses the ball in midfield, goes back and collects it but is immediately surrounded by three players, goes back to Rowe but passing it around the area doesn't come off as Fenton is held off and the ball sheperded out.

58 Min

Duncan off his feet lets the visitors in Imray the equal of the resulting shot and holds well.

59 Min

Goal Jake Butler shoots and it deflects of Schaeffers leaving Imray stranded 1-1.

61 Min

Team Wellington corner, long, Cheriton heads it back in but Robinson punches as he falls backwards but the referee sees a foul on Robinson.

63 Min

Another Team Wellington corner but straight in to Robinson's arms.

66 Min

Holmes off injured, replaced by Ethan Galbraith.

69 Min

Lucas driving Waitakere to distraction with another dangerous cross but just scrambled for a corner. 

71 Min

Ball breaks for Team Wellington but Lucas offside.  Aaron Scott has gone down here and it doesn't look good.  The stretcher on its way out.  Didn't seem to be anything in it, maybe he's just gone over on it.  He's replaced by Luke Adams.

72 Min

Allan Pearce demonstrating why he's not a keeper.  Water bottle comes to him but misses and the pitch gets watered.

74 Min

GOAL. 2-1 to Waitakere.  Corner in headed back across by Adams and finished in to an open net by Pearce.  Adams first touch makes a goal.  Superb decision by the Puppetmaster Emblen.

77 Min

Jamie Duncan brings down Pearce from behind and earns a yellow.  Meanwhile Substitution for Team Wellington.  Sam Mason-Smith replaced by Michael White.  Good game from Mason-Smith.

80 Min

Myers booked for dissent (possibly) as he brings down fenton midway halfway and area.  Resulting free kick sent over.

84 Min

Waitakere almost in again.  Another ball across the area that no one quite gets on the end of.  There has been a bit of that from both sides today.

86 Min

Lucas through on a longball Adams defelects it and White gets on the end but Robinson is out quickly to save at their feet.

87 Min

Then at the other end de Vries breaks in a similar fashion and it's Imray out quickly to save.

88 Min

The ball breaks for WHite on the edge of the area and he's shot and hit the far post, the deflection inches wide of the foot of Galbraith and Lucas' snapshot over.

89 Min

Lovemore on for de Vries.

90 Min

We've got six minutes of extra time after the Scott injury.

92 Min

Robinson out of his area there to punch clear cleans up Galbraith with the punch.

93 Min

White opening space on the left but too little too late.  meanwhile Pearce beats the offside trap but from 10 yards his forceful shot is smothered by the advancing Imray.

94 Min

...and again.  Imray smothers as Pearce beats the trap.

Referee Kerr blows the final whistle and it's all over.  A good effort from team Wellington's youngsters but in the end Waitakere deserved the threepoints.