ASB Premiership - Week 9,
Fred Taylor Park,
Sunday 29 Januaray 2012
Roy Krishna 9', 34', 74'
Halftime:3-0 Referee:Isaac Trevis Crowd:402
by Bob Pearce at Fred Taylor Park
Waitakere’s lightning fast striker Roy Krishna scored a hat-trick as the West Aucklanders closed to within two points of Auckland City with a 5-0 defeat of Otago United at Fred Taylor Park.
If there’s a faster player over 10m than Krishna in the ASB Premiership he must have a rocket on his back and that speed plus some naivety in the visitors’ defending gave the Fijian a field day.
He was on the scoresheet after just nine minutes when the defence hesitated in front of goal and he nipped in to score a soft goal. His second in the 34th minute followed a hopeful long ball that fell into a hole and allowed Krishna to lob the advancing goalkeeper Peter Evans.
Krishna saved the best for last. In the 74th minute he fielded a ball which spun loose from a melee on the edge of the area, turned expertly and shot through the crowded defence giving the goalkeeper no chance. He reckons this was his fourth national league hat-trick but he’s determined it won’t be his last.
“Last season was disappointing because I finished up injured and missed the last few games. This time I’m fit but I still need to work on my shooting and that’s what I’ll be doing this week.” A warning to Auckland City who meet Waitakere next Saturday.
Otago were 3-0 down at halftime with an own goal, when an attempted interception of a cross ended up lobbing over the goalkeeper into the net.
There were plenty of chances going begging in the second spell and Otago again contributed to their fate in the 80th minute when Ryan de Vries nipped in to intercept an attempted headed backpass, rounded the goalkeeper and found the empty net.
It was a well-deserved reward for de Vries, who has been away on holiday in South Africa, but came back to become a dominant figure for the winners. He was always balanced on the ball and set up a stream of chances for his team-mates, most of which they spurned.
Waitakere coach had some stern words for his team after their loss to Hawkes Bay last week and they had some effect.
“I wanted a clean sheet and some goals,” he said. “This tells people not to write us off. Even so, we still missed a few good opportunities and we’ll be working on that. It’s a good confidence builder for the crunch time of the season.”
Otago coach Richard Murray was a realist rather than a pessimist.
“We played quite well but we got punished for little things and those little things add up. We don’t have the experience of someone who calls the game out there.
“We’ve lost three key players and we’ve only got six players with previous national league experience. We’ve also conceded more than our share of scummy goals. The mistakes we’ve made are things you might get away with at a lower level but not here.
“Waitakere have experienced players as their core and that Roy Krishna. He’s in a different world.
1 Danny Robinson (GK)
22 Peter Evans (GK)
4 Tim Myers (Vale, 76')
2 Liam Lockhart
7 Martin Bullock
3 Tristan Prattley
8 Chris Bale
6 Morgan Day
10 Allan Pearce (Holloway, 63')
7 Regan Coldicott (Ryder, 72')
11 Ross McKenzie
10 Ant Hancock (Rathbone, 82')
12 Roy Krishna
14 Sam Mepham
14 Andy Bevin (Turner, 63')
18 Harley Rodeka
17 Jake Butler
21 Jose Cantillo
20 Ryan De Vries
23 Joel Stevens
27 Ross Haviland
25 Craig Ferguson (Fitzpatrick, 81')
15 Gegame Feni
4 Jude Fitzpatrick (On, 82')
18 Steven Holloway (On, 63')
8 Seamus Ryder (On, 72')
22 Matt Upton (RGK)
19 Zac Rathbone
29 Jordan Vale (On, 76')
20 Matt Brook (On, 82')
30 Rory Turner (On, 63')
1 Os Rodriguez (RGK)
=2 yellow cards
= red card
Play by Play
Auckland's so-called summer delivers again. Grey skies cool breeze and now some light rain! OK for the players not great for the spectators.
0 more mins
Ryan de Vries back for Waitakere, young Ross Haviland gets a start. Jason Rowley and Aaron Scott still injured. Otago start new signing Jose Cantillo
Otago playing from the Kumeu end into the breeze.
We're off with Otago pressing but only a goalkick
Krishna chips ball for Pearce, cleared fo corner. First corner cleared behind for a corner the other side. Headed over bar by Bale
De Vries makes space on the left but cross sails harmlessly behind.
Tough challenge leaves Cantillo on back Welcome to NZ.
Cantillo delivers useful ball into area with side of foot but Robinson intercepts.
GOAL! Krishna takes advantage of some hesitant defending to slot ball into net
OWN GOAL! Lockhart tries to intercept cross but skies ball over goalie into net
Otago are already warming up their bench. It may just be the Auckland cold!
Great double save by Evans, first at the feet of Krishna then divng to stop a fierce volley by Pearce.
Butler and Krishna combine for Krishna to shoot, Evans gets a touch on to post and out.
Run by Coldicott earns Otago's first corner, Rodeka and Lockhart bot have chances but the ball spills clear.
Spell of Otago pressure but the final touch eludes them
Hopeful ball forward falls into empty space for Krishna to collect and lob over advancing keeper.
Freekick to Waitakere, dangerous ball well cleared by defence.
Rodeka makes penetrating run on right but finally swamped by defence.
Pearce one on one with goalie but blocked, corner cleared.
One minute to be added.
45 plus one
Halftime 3-0 to Waitakere, probaly a fair reflection of the possession
No changes at the break, Otago now have breeze at their backs.
Otago attack on left but ball behind for goalkick
McKenzie feeds Krishna but his shot is more of a trckle.
Hancock in clear but ball bobbles away fro
Yellow card Pearce, studs up in tackle
De Vries through to edge of area, tackled by Lockhart, ball spills to Bevin who shoots ove thetop.
De Vries works hard to set up Bevin but he shoots wide.
Another chac for Bevin but he delays too long and the chance is gone.
Holloway for Pearce, Turner for Bevin.
De Vries shoots just wide
Collision betwee Cantillo and De Vries, De Vries needs treatment but returns
Holloway gets ball in net with curling shot but ball had gone out.
Ryder on for Coldicott
GOAL! Brilliant turn by Krishna in crowded penalty area to give goaie no chance.
Vale on for Myers.
GOAL! Rodeka tries to head ball back to goalie but de Vries intercepts for easy tap-in.
Butler blazes over bar. Waitakere are totally dominant. Evans has had to advance outside area to kill two trough balls.
Four minutes to be added
Snap shot by Stevens flies just wide with goalie beaten.
Final whistle. Waitakere close to two points of Aucklan City. Krishna hat-trick puts him top of Golden Boot with seven.