ASB Premiership - Round 9
Porritt Stadium, Hamilton
Sunday 29 January, 2012
Russell Kamo 7', 23'
Halftime: 0-2 Referee: Campbell Waugh Crowd: 200
by Bruce Holloway at Porritt Stadium
Canterbury Unitedís 3-0 win over Waikato FC represented a better team performance than their ASB Premiership record-equalling 9-1 thumping of Manawatu a week earlier.
Thatís the view of Dragons coach Keith Braithwaite after a convincing victory at Porritt Stadium, where his team was always in command following an early goal to Russell Kamo.
By contrast it was a lacklustre, disjointed showing by Waikato, in which they failed to reproduce the form of a week earlier.
Braithwaite was delighted.
"It was a performance we could be proud of, with three very, very good goals," he said. "I thought our lads were on their game today from start to finish.
"We pressured the Waikato boys and punished them when we got the chances."
Kamo potted two goal in the first 25 minutes, with a lively front-running performance.
Darren White supplied a pinpoint cross for the first from which he was able to steer the ball home from about six metres.
The second came from the other flank and was better. Kamo received a square ball outside the area, turned through 180 degrees and slid it into the far corner.
And the win was sealed in the 79th minute with a stunner from Canterbury skipper Aaron Clapham. The ball fell to him from a defensive clearance marginally to the left of goal and outside the area, and he executed a brutal volley which flew over Waikato keeper Mark Fulcher and into the net.
"You would go a long way to see a better goal," Braithwaite said.
Waikato coach Declan Edge gave an alternate perspective.
"I thought we were just starting to claw our way back into the game and some guy has popped up and hit something out of the sky."
But Edge has more fundamental worries than the odd thunderbolt goal.
Overall this was a poor Waikato showing which only served to underline that for all the feelgood factor of their previous 3-match unbeaten run, they have still only scored seven goals this season.
There was no flow to their play, and they were unable to impose themselves in the attacking third, where too often they were muscled off the ball or lost possession before mustering a shot.
While Canterbury carved a host of openings, a desperate first half diving header from Ryan Thomas was the closest thing to a genuine scoring opportunity for Waikato, who had too many players turn in below-par performances.
Edge refused to use his playersí age as an excuse.
"The game that we are trying to play requires all 11 players on the pitch to attain a certain standard," Edge said.
"Because we play the ball around, go through the midfield and donít miss anybody out, we are vulnerable if anybody is below par.
"Itís like an engine. For the engine to tick over nicely it has to fire on all six cylinders. Today we were only firing on three cylinders and were found out a little bit.
"But at least our intentions were good. We didnít deviate from our game plan."
As it happened Braithwaite was more complimentary about the Waikato team than Edge.
"They were a huge improvement from last time," Braithwaite said.
"He (Edge) is a good coach and trying to get them to play football all the time. That can be to their detriment sometimes, but he is developing good players for the future."
Braithwaite gave his player of the day to midfield Josh Smith - unofficially christened by Waikato fans as "the ginger player who isnít Aaron Clapham".
Tom Schwartz was strong at the back for Canterbury, while Braithwaite also rated highly the efforts of new English signing Daniel Glozier, who was on debut in taking time out from a world trip.
"He did exceptionally well, as did Russell Kamo and Aaron Clapham."
Waikato never managed the cohesion of a week earlier once they were chasing the game, and lacked aggression at the back.
But Michael Mayne turned in a solid performance, and Jesse Edge also had him moments. Adam Thomas was dangerous when he got forward, but he wasnít involved nearly enough to affect the game.
1. Mark Fulcher
GK Adam Highfield
2. Tyler Lissette
3. Mark Johnston
6. Mike Kramer
5. Tom Schwartz
7. Jason Hicks (Smith, 84)
7. Darren White (Yamamoto, 54')
9. Michael Mayne
8. Aaron Clapham
10. Adam Thomas
9. George Slefendorfas
14. Josh Greene
10. Russell Kamo
15. Jesse Edge
12. Andrew Barton (Wortelboer, 46')
19. Harry Edge
13. Daniel Glozier (Hudson-Wihongi, 88')
21. Tyler Boyd (Awad, 59')
14. Josh Smith
24. Ryan Thomas (Mateo, 84)
15. Julyan Collett
RGK Danyon Drake
4. Nick Wortelboer (On ,46')
3. Jessie Smith (On, 84')
6. Geoff McIntyre
4. Mohammed Awad (On, 59')
20. Kevin Yamamoto (On 54')
8. Matteo Ballan, (On, 84')
23. Te Atawhai Hudson-Wihongi (On, 88')
23. Jordan Shaw
=2 yellow cards
= red card
Play by Play
Hello, this is Bruce Holloway reporting from Porritt Stadium, where there is high cloud but generally pleasant conditions. Waikato will start with the line-up which served them so well a week earlier, while Canterbury are without Joe Murray, who did not travel north. The pitch looks to be in an improved condition from Waikato's two other home games this season. You can email me on firstname.lastname@example.org if you think I've missed something, or want to know something from the game.
Waikato kick-off, with Canterbury playing with the assistance of the prevailing westerly wind, which has picked up in the last 20 minutes.
Waikato put 20 passes together, edsd with Canterbury kicking it out. Then Clapham bursts down middle but 1-2 doesn't work
First chance. Adam Thomas beats Mark Johnson on left flank, slips inside to Tyler Boyd, who tees it up for Hicks to shoot just wide.
Canterbury corner. Barton takes, appeals for hand ball against Waikato. Rejected.
Canterbury dominating. Clapham , Slefendorfas prominent.
GOAL. Darren White crosses from right and Russell Kamo gets on the end of it to slide the ball home from about 6 metres.
Long shot from Kamo. Canterbury are playing well.
Harry Edge wins free kick. Nothing.
Great ball forward from left flank by Kamo. White inches from collecting in 6 yard box.
Adam Thomas attacks down left as it starts to rain. Canterbury subs warming up - for no reason.
Boyd gets the ball in a dangerous area but can't quite link with H Edge.
GOAL. Kamo collects a square ball from the left and has far too much time. He turns and rifles a low shot into the corner of the net from the edge of the area. Good shot, poor defending.
Promising Waikato attack down left, but no shot
Hicks shot blocked
Injury break. Andrew Barton fell over.
Kamo has the ball in the net, but everyone else has stopped because it has crossed the goal line a few paces back.
stoppage, White injured in a burst forward. Didn't appear to be a foul, but he tumbled, and in pain with his left leg.
A Thomas hooks a goalmouth clearance out.
Fulcher saves from Kamo. Corner. Kamo again has far too much room after turning Greene.
Ryan Thomas diving header at far post over the top after great work from Body on the left.
Half time. A solid half from Canterbury, who have looked very dangerous going forward. Impressed with Kamo and White for the visitors. Waikato have had the odd moment, but have not managed to impose themselves enough in the attacking third. Waikato are too loose defensively, despite a good showing from Mayne.
sLEFENDORFAS Slefendorfas has a glancing header go wide in the first significant move of the second half.
Hicks shot from outside area, tame and wide.
Clapham through ball that Slefendorfas can't quite collect, but dangerous move after a spell of 5 minutes where nothing happened
Sub. Nick Wortelboer on for Barton at half time
Sub. Kevin Yammamoto on for White
Waikato sub. Mohammed Awad for Tyler Boyd up front.
Kamo shot collected from close range, after Collett intercepted and fed Slefendorfas
Adam Thomas sprints to the goal line and cuts back, but out of reach of Awad. Good move.
A Thomas again doewn left. More Waikato pressure bulding
Speculative Slefendorfas shot on the turn. Goal kick
Reader Jim Shrimpton asks if Waikato are playing as well as last week. No, they aren't
Yammamoto makes a fines run up the middle but shoots high.
Yammamoto hit sthe cross bar from about 18m after a fast Canterbury break
Jesse Edge just over the top with a powerful left footer from distance.
GOAL. Out of nothing the ball falls to CLAPHAM and he spectacularly volleys with his right foot over Fulcher and into the net from outside the area.
Fulcher saves at the feet of Yammamoto after put through by Slefendorfas
Double Waikato sub. Jessie Smith on for Ryan Thomas. Matteo Ballan for Hicks.
Fulcher saves with his cap from Slefendorfas. Kamo misses the follow-up. Corner.
Canterbury sub. Te Atawhai Hudson-Wihongi on for Daniel Glozier. Don't want to type that name too often.
Kamo late burst in search of hat trick, Fulcher saves at his feet, Kamo asks for pen, turned down
Slefendorfas turns and shoot just wide.
Final whistle. Convincing win to Canterbury. Back to school for Waikato.