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Hawke's Bay United

Auckland City


ASB Premiership - Round 10
Bluewater Stadium, Napier
Monday 6 February, 2012


Conor TINNION 15'

Emiliano TADE pen 45'+1', pen-87'
Manel EXPOSITO 47'



Halftime: 1-1                                   Referee:  Nick Waldron                                   Crowd: 400

Auckland's Waitangi win extends league lead

by David Gearey at Bluewater Stadium, Napier

Fergus Neil holds off Manel Exposito. City moved five points clear at that top of the ASB Premiership ladder this afternoon when they defeated Hawke’s Bay United 3-1 in Napier.

Auckland who came into the game as clear favourites, dominated for long periods of the match and no more so than in the opening 10 minutes. The visitors kept the ball from their opposition with crisp passing and intelligent interplay that had the Bay scrambling early on numerous occasions.

So it was a huge shock to the league leaders when the hosts took an unexpected lead after 15 minutes.

Good pressure from Stephen Hindmarch in the middle of the park resulted in Auckland giving the ball away and after Angel Berlanga brought Sam Margetts down on the edge of the box,  the impressive Conor Tinnion stepped up and struck a sweet left-footed curling shot into the top left hand corner of the net.

This seemed to spur on the home side and they gave as good as they got for the remainder of the half and would have taken an unexpected but deserved lead into the break had it not been for the controversial penalty decision by referee Nick Waldron.

The referee had no hesitations in awarding the penalty after he had adjudged Adam Cowan had tripped Andrew Milne after the Auckland defender had gone down from what looked like a clipping of his own ankles.

Emiliano Tade made no mistake from the spot and the sides retired to the dressing rooms all locked up at one a piece.

The second half couldn’t have started any worse for the home side when Manel Exposito turned his marker directly after the kick off and curled a well timed shot into Peta’s top right hand corner to give the visitors the lead for the first time.

Hawke’s Bay then looked to chase the game and coach Chris Greatholder emptied his bench in search of an equaliser.  But it wasn’t to be and Auckland City wrapped up all 3 points in the 87th minute when Tade drilled home his second penalty of the day after Exposito was brought down in the box by Bay keeper Shaun Peta.

Greatholder had mixed emotions about that match but kept positive after a very difficult weekend.

“It’s been a tough 48 hours,” Greatholder said. “All in all I am proud of the boys today.  They worked very hard”

“We were in the game for a long time today but Auckland are very professional in what they do and they kept the ball for long periods of the game.”

Auckland City’s Director of Football Aaron McFarland also lamented on how his side had kept the ball for long periods of the match and by doing this would in return create chances to win the match.

“Our boys were patient, and if they keep the ball for long enough then they will create chances to score goals and today we did”  McFarland said.

McFarland also paid tribute to the young Hawke’s Bay side and expressed admiration for their hard fought performance.

“You were organised and played well and caused us problems” McFarland said.  “If you can put together performances like today and get results like [your win over Waitakere] then this league will be interesting for the last few games,” he added.

Hawke’s Bay have the chance to get the ball rolling once again when they host Otago United this Sunday at Bluewater Stadium with the earlier kick off of 1pm.


Team Sheet

Hawke's Bay United


Auckland City

26. Shaun PETA

12. Tamati WILLIAMS

2. Fergus NEIL

5. Angel Vina BERLANGA

5. Bill ROBERTSON (c)

6. Chad COOMBES (Ilich, 90')

6. Stephen HINDMARCH


8. Adam COWAN

9. Manel EXPOSITO(Shaker, 86')

10. Sam MARGETTS (Wilson, 78')

10. Luis CORRALES (Carmichael, 68')

11. Conor TINNION

11. Daniel KOPRIVCIC

14. Danny WILSON

15. Ivan VICELICH (c)

17. Tom BISS (Hastings, 83')

16. Albert RIERA

20. Leon BIRNIE (Watson, 66')

20. Emiliano TADE


22. Andrew MILNE



1. Richard GILLESPIE (rgk)

18. Liam ANDERSON (rgk)

4. Stu WILSON (On 78')

19. Iwa SHAKER (on 86')

7. Matt HASTINGS (On 83')

24. Stephen CARMICHAEL (on 68')

16. Reilly O'MEAGHER

25. Mario ILICH (on 90')

18. Hamish WATSON (On 66')


=yellow card

=2 yellow cards

= red card

Play by Play

-30' Kick off only 30 minutes away here at Bluewater Stadium.  We have overcast conditions here in Napier with a slight easterly breeze blowing down the ground. 

-15' Both sides have made changes after matches on Saturday. Hawke's Bay welcome the return of veteran Leon Birnie for Hamish Watson while the visitors have made changes in goal which sees Jacob Spponley make way for Tamati Williams and Emiliano Tade comes in for all white David Mulligan.

0' Hawke's Bay will begin the match with the wind at their backs.  A welcome to Auckland City defender Ian Hogg who will be following the match via the live updates all the way from Sweden.

4' Auckland controlling the early tempo as Hawke's Bay struggle to get touches on the ball.

8' Possession stats.  Auckland City 95% Hawke's Bay 5%

9' Just as i say that Hawke's Bay get there first real time in possession as HINDMARCH tries to thread a ball through for Sam MARGETTS but BERLANGA intercepts.

10' BERLANGA has the first real chance of the game when from a wide free kick the ball drops down to the centre back but he can't beat PETA in the bay goal.

12'  PETA called into action again as the Bay keeper gets a hand to a shot from CORRALES.  Fergus NEIL then is fouled when hooking the ball away from danger.

14'   YELLOW CARD Pressure form HINDMARCH results in a miss placed back pass and BERLANGA can only foul MARGETTS as he bares down on goal.

15'  GOAL From the resulting freekick Conor TINNION curls a peach into the top left hand corner leaving the keeper with no chance.

20' Hawke's Bay certainly have there backs up now and the home side looks to have gained alot of confidence from the earlier goal.

24' TADE beats Josh MARGETTS on the left and cuts the ball back but theres no one home for the league leaders.

26' TINNION picks the pocket of Chad COOMBES and tries a speculative shot from 30 yards which rolls wide of WILLIAMS left hand post.

29' Nice interplay between BIRNIE and BISS sees MARGETTS set free but his left footed shot dribbles well wide.

32'  Down the other end and this time it's EXPOSITO who tries his luck but he can't beat PETA in the bay goal.

34'  First corner of the match and it goes the way of the home side.  Adam COWAN does well down the right hand flank and works a corner off MILNE.

35' The resulting corner is a good one but the Auckland City defence clears.

36'  Quick interplay from the away side ends with COOMBES hitting a shot from 30 yards, but he shoots across PETA'S goal and well wide.

38' YELLOW CARD CORRALES goes down easy in the box and it results in a booking.

42'  Goal mouth melee and the vistors can't capitalize.  PETA comes out and can't claim after earlier denying TADE.  The Auckland striker gets another chance but he can't find an open team mate and the chance goes begging.

45' The fourth official has indicated a minimum of 1 minute additional time will be played

45'+1' PENALTY Auckland City have the chance to go into the break all tied up as COWAN in the referees eyes seems to clip the heels of MILNE as he broke into the box.

45'+1' GOAL TADE makes no mistake from the spot as he fires past PETA in the bay goal.


Halftime - A dissapointing end to the half for the home side as they conceede a late penalty in what looked like a soft call from referee Nick WALDROM. 

45'  The 2nd half is underway with no changes to either side.

47'  GOAL A great start to the half for the visitors. A superb turn in the middle of the park by EXPOSITO and then a even better finish as the impressive striker beats PETA all hands up. 

50' YELLOW CARD TINNION picks up a booking for a soft challenge in the middle of the park. 

53' BISS has a chance at the far post after good work by COWAN saw him float a dangerous cross in but the little midfielder can't repeat his goal scoring touch of late and he can only find the side netting.

60' Auckland settle into their usual pattern of ball retention as they hold onto possession for large periods of time.

61' Hawke's Bay change their formation and move to a more attacking 4-3-3 in search of that equilizer. 

62'YELLOW CARD HINDMARCH picks up a yellow card for a studs up challenge on RIERA

63' Auckland City nearly double their lead but EXPOSITO can't beat an advancing PETA

64' ROBERTSON gives away a foul in a dangerous position and from the resulting freekick BERLANGA can only head straight into PETA'S arms.

66' Hawke's Bay have a chance at the other end after more good work from TINNION.  His cross is met by BIRNIE and VICELICH simultanously and the ball can only bobble away to safety.  Close for the Bay!!!

71' Substitute Hawke's Bay - Hamish WATSON on for Leon BIRNIE

73' Substitute Auckland City - Stephen CARMICHAEL on for Luis CORRALES

75' Hawke's Bay guilty of turning possession over too cheapily as they fing Auckland controlling the tempo.

78' Substitute Hawke's Bay - Stu WILSON on for Sam MARGETTS

78' Hawke's Bay force a corner after some good work down the right.  TINNION whips in a inswinger and ROBERTSON'S header goes just wide.

84' WATSON finds himself wide on the right and the big man drives a low cross in but Stu WILSON can't control and shoot quick enough as VICELICH just intercepts in the nic of time.

86' PENALTY Auckland City have another Penalty after EXPOSITO is brought down by PETA

87' GOAL TADE makes no mistake again from the spot as he drives his shot straight down the middle

88' Substitute Hawke's Bay - Tom BISS is replaced by Matt HASTINGS

89' Double Substitute Auckland City - Manel EXPOSITO and Chad COOMBES are replaced by Iwa SHAKER and Mario ILICH

90' The fourth official has indicated a minimum of 3 additional minutes to be played.


FULLTIME Hawke's Bay 1 Auckland City 3

Auckland City extend their lead at the top of the ASB Premiership table after downing Hawke's Bay in Napier this afternoon.  The home side battled couragesly but the league leaders eventually wore them down and came away with the points.  Thanks for following and see you again next Sunday.