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Waikato FC

Canterbury United


ASB Premiership - Round 9
Porritt Stadium, Hamilton
Sunday 29 January, 2012



Russell Kamo 7', 23'
Aaron Clapham 79'



Halftime:      0-2                 Referee: Campbell Waugh                     Crowd: 200

Braithwaite: Waikato win better than record

by Bruce Holloway at Porritt Stadium

Goal scorer Russell Kamo gets a high 5 from team mate Andrew Barton. 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. 


Team Sheet

Waikato FC


Canterbury United

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


=yellow card

=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 if you think I've missed something, or want to know something from the game.

1 min

Waikato kick-off, with Canterbury playing with the assistance of the prevailing westerly wind, which has picked up in the last 20 minutes.

2 min

Waikato put 20 passes together, edsd with Canterbury kicking it out. Then Clapham bursts down middle but 1-2 doesn't work

3 min

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.

4 min

Canterbury corner. Barton takes, appeals for hand ball against Waikato. Rejected.

5 min

Canterbury dominating. Clapham , Slefendorfas prominent.

7 min

GOAL. Darren White crosses from right and Russell Kamo gets on the end of it to slide the ball home from about 6 metres.

10 min

Long shot from Kamo. Canterbury are playing well.

15 min

Harry Edge wins free kick. Nothing.

17 min

Great ball forward from left flank by Kamo. White inches from collecting in 6 yard box.

19 min

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.

23 min

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.

26 min

Promising Waikato attack down left, but no shot

27 min

Hicks shot blocked

30 min

Injury break. Andrew Barton fell over.

33 min

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.

40 mn

A Thomas hooks a goalmouth clearance out.

41 min

Fulcher saves from Kamo. Corner. Kamo again has far too much room after turning Greene.

44 min

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.

48 min

sLEFENDORFAS Slefendorfas has a glancing header go wide in the first significant move of the second half.

49 min

Hicks shot from outside area, tame and wide.

55 min

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

56 min

Sub. Kevin Yammamoto on for White

59 min

Waikato sub. Mohammed Awad for Tyler Boyd up front.

60 min

Kamo shot collected from close range, after Collett intercepted and fed Slefendorfas

63 min

Adam Thomas sprints to the goal line and cuts back, but out of reach of Awad. Good move.

66 min

A Thomas again doewn left. More Waikato pressure bulding

67 min

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

75 min

Yammamoto makes a fines run up the middle but shoots high.

76 min

Yammamoto hit sthe cross bar from about 18m after a fast Canterbury break

77 min

Jesse Edge just over the top with a powerful left footer from distance.

79 min

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.

80 min

Fulcher saves at the feet of Yammamoto after put through by Slefendorfas

84 min

Double Waikato sub. Jessie Smith on for Ryan Thomas. Matteo Ballan for Hicks.

85 min

Fulcher saves with his cap from Slefendorfas. Kamo misses the follow-up. Corner.

86 min

Canterbury sub. Te Atawhai Hudson-Wihongi on for Daniel Glozier. Don't want to type that name too often.

91 min

Kamo late burst in search of hat trick, Fulcher saves at his feet, Kamo asks for pen, turned down

94 min

Slefendorfas turns and shoot just wide.

Final whistle. Convincing win to Canterbury. Back to school for Waikato.