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YoungHeart Manawatu

Hawke's Bay United


ASB Premiership - Round 9
Memorial Park, Palmerston North
Sunday 29 January, 2012



Tom BISS 17'-pen, 72', 81'-pen
Hamish WATSON 90'+1

Halftime: 0-2               Referee: Chris Kerr                             Crowd: 150

Sheer Biss for Hawke's Bay

by Staff writer at Memorial Park, Palmerston North

PALMERSTON NORTH – Treble-shooter Tom Biss gave a virtuoso performance as Hawke’s Bay United beat YoungHeart Manawatu 5-0 to heap further misery on the ASB Premiership cellar-dwellers.

The heavy defeat saw Manawatu break its own record of 38 for most goals conceded in a 14-round regular season competition.

YoungHeart Manawatu began the match gamely enough but they were put firmly in their place when Sam Margetts put Hawke’s Bay in front after just five minutes.

That cruel blow was compounded seven minutes later when Hamish McKay was sent off by referee Chris Kerr for taking down Fergus Neil in the penalty area.

Tom Biss dispatched the penalty with ease to double the Bay’s advantage and the cause looked lost for the home side thereafter.

The match took another dramatic twist when Hawke’s Bay’s Dale Higham was sent off for lashing out at Manawatu defender Jamie O’Connor just five minutes later.

Matt Borren kept Manawatu fans enthralled when he pulled off a wonderful save from Stu Wilson midway through the first half.

To their credit, Manawatu looked to try and build meaningful moves when they were in possession and Michael Frazer’s talent for throw-ins looks a more than useful asset in forward areas.

Sadly for Manawatu they were unable to capitalise on that gift with Suele Soromon the only target.
Borren’s second half heroics kept the scoreline respectable when he denied Sam Margetts in a one on one situation.

But Hawke’s Bay hit their stride in the second half with Biss grabbing a second after a venomous right foot strike gave Borren no chance for Bay’s third.

Biss’s joyful afternoon was complete when he scored from the penalty mark with nine minutes remaining.

Substitute Hamish Watson completed the rout with a tidy finish one minute into time added on.

YoungHeart Manawatu coach Stu Jacobs noted marginal improvement.

“The battle continues,” he said, “we had more about us in the first half. In the second half we conceded some poor goals and it snowballs from there. We have to stop that somehow. Some of the youngsters are doing well and they are going to be the future and we need to work with them. Long term, we want to keep a core of local players here give them an off-season programme so they are ready for ASB Premiership football in the future.”

Jacobs’ opposite number Chris Greatholder was pleased with a derby win that lifts Hawke’s Bay to within touching distance of the top four and with two games in hand.

He said: “One of our big things was to keep a clean sheet. We had to work hard today some people who see the result may think it was a bit of a ‘gimme’, but they made us work hard today. The boys played some good stuff at the end. “

The performance of Tom Biss also caught the eye of Bay’s coach.

“I am delighted for Tom he’s the sort of player who I see a bit of myself  when I was younger. He’s been in and out over 2-3 years in terms of his consistency. He’s worked really hard and put some back to back performances together.”

With two tough matches coming up on Waitangi Day weekend, Greatholder carefully downplayed Hawke’s Bay’s playoff chances.

“I’m paying absolutely no attention of what’s going on above us. We’ll take each game as it comes. The Waitakere game was a bit of a bonus but it was important we backed it up today,” he said, “We go to Canterbury next weekend and then we play Auckland City, so it’s going to be tough. If we get a couple of results then we may get excited but there’s a long way to go yet.”


Team Sheet

YoungHeart Manawatu


Hawke's Bay United

1- Matt BORREN (GK)

26- Shaun PETA (GK)

2- Hamish McKAY

2- Fergus NEIL


17- Tom BISS

4- Jamie O'CONNOR


6- Matt KENNEDY (c) (BURSTON, 69')


9- Seule SOROMON

14- Danny WILSON

11- Jimmy HAIDAKIS

4- Stu WILSON (WATSON, 55')

16- Michael FRAZER

10- Sam MARGETTS(COWAN, 69')

17- Jordan MARTENS

11- Conor TINNION (HASTINGS, 76')

24- Michael McKNIGHT (LAWRIE, 16')

12- Dale HIGHAM

14- Pablo MOYA

6- Stephen HINDMARCH



23- Wade RANDALL

1- Richard GILLESPIE (GK)

19- Ben WILKES (GK)

7- Matt HASTINGS (On, 76')

20- Souley CISSOKO (On, 63')

15- Jerome GROOT

15- Stu LAWRIE (On, 16')

8- Adam COWAN (On, 69')

25- Isaia BURSTON (On, 69')

18- Hamish WATSON (On, 55')


=yellow card

=2 yellow cards

= red card

Play by Play


Welcome to Memorial Park, Palmerston North, for this Round 9 ASB Premiership clash between central belt rivals YoungHeart Manawatu and Hawke's Bay United.

Blustery, overcast and a slight chill in the breeze in the heart of the Manawatu but, as ever, the playing surface is impeccable. The home side have been doing it the tough way this season and a derby match could be the ideal opportunity to put their grisly record behind them.

The Bay are on a real high after dumping Waitakere United last Sunday and coach Chris Greatholder will see this as a must-win showdown after the two sides drew 2-2 last year, making the Bluewater Stadium men the only team to drop points to Manawatu this season.


An eerie experience to see two teams walk out with no ground announcement or fanfare. Adam Cowan and Matt Hastings both benched for Hawke's Bay, Alex Barlow not listed in the squad but has joined in with thw warm up.

"I'll take some part of that - we scored the goal when I was on!," Alex Barlow joins me in the media tribune and reflects on the Bay win over Waitakere last Sunday.


And we're underway here at Memorial Park - big chance for Manawatu to put their woes behind them. But can they get that elusive win? We shall see.


Corner for Hawke's Bay - Hindmarch smashes a header into a Manawatu defender and the home side hack it clear.


Matt BORREN has had to punch two swerving inswinging corners clear. Bay on top.


Long ball smashed forward SOROMON shoots but easy save by PETA.


GOAL! Sam MARGETTS lines up a long range shot and beats Matt BORREN.


Very open match - apart from MARGETTS strike, the two teams are quite even and credit to Manawatu they're giving this one everything. Early days, though.


Long range shot picked up by the wind but capably handled by BORREN.


Debutant Hamish McKAY is leaving his mark on this game - he looks short of a trot but he's no shrinking violet in the challenge.


Dale HIGHAM clatters into Josh CHETTLEBURGH.


PENALTY! Hamish McKAY brings Fergus NEIL down.

 Red Card - Hamish McKAY sent off


GOAL! Tom BISS slots the penalty low to BORREN's left - tragedy for YoungHeart Manawatu


The sense of injustice is palpable among the home fans.


SUBSTITUTION - 15. Stu LAWRIE on 24. Michael McKNIGHT off.


Red Card - Dale HIGHAM has been sent off after a fracas with Jamie O'CONNOR.


Yellow Card - Jamie O'CONNOR gets a yellow card.


Well, that evens things up somewhat in terms of numbers.


Conor TINNION long range efforts strikes Stu LAWRIE


Matt BORREN pulls off a wonder save from a Stu WILSON shot.


Seule SORMON is offside.


Hawke's Bay look superior with the ball in possession. Manawatu are battling gamely here to their credit.


Manawatu on the counter attack long throw by Michael FRAZER just eludes SOROMON at the far post - that was a freakish throw-in.


Great interchange between CHETTLEBURGH and Pablo MOYA but Bay crowd them out.


Another chance from a long throw HAIDAKIS gets a touch and Matt KENNEDY takes a swipe but misses the ball. Manawatu getting a look in from these FRAZER throw ins.


SOROMON tries an audacious chip from 35 metres out and Shaun PETA is scrambling to tip it over the bar for a corner.


HAIDAKIS corner swings in with SOROMON lurking at the back post - Bill ROBERTSON powers a headed clearance away.


Michael FRAZER smacks into Stu WILSON and concedes a free-kick on halfway.


Jordan MARTENS rifles in a great shot that forces Shaun PETA into a fine save - the crowd loved that moment.


Shaun PETA punches the corner clear and is fouled. Free-kick.


Michael FRAZER almost finds Josh CHETTLEBURGH with a threaded throughball.


Sam MARGETTS tries some fancy footwork then clips in a delicate cross - Manawatu clear the ball. It's a corner.


Two tremendous punches clear by Matt BORREN - Stu WILSON attempts to curl a right foot shot beyond BORREN - just wide.


Yellow card - Seuele SOROMON into the book. He may have been lucky to not see red there.


Tom BISS long range shot fizzes well wide.


Manawatu 0-2 Hawke's Bay United - fair reflection on the balance of play but a dramatic first half nonetheless with two goals and two red cards.


Action underway here and Hawke's Bay have Manawatu penned in their own half. Sam MARGETTS wears a ball full in the face and appears to have a bloodied nose.


Seule SOROMON breaks away with Danny WILSON and Bill ROBERTSOn trailing but he shanks his finish wide of PETA's right hand upright. Good chance spurned.


Michael FRAZER long throw in causes some anxiety in the Bay penalty area but the danger is cleared.


Manawatu lose possession but Stephen HINDMARCH overhits his through ball for MARGETTS.


FRAZER long throw-in fires into Shaun PETA's outstretched hands. Manawatu need to make better use of this extraordinary asset.


Sam MARGETTS offside.


Manawatu denied a good shout for a penalty and Bay counter attack. MARGETTS rounds BORREN but instead of making it 3-0 he shoots wide.


SUBSTITUTION - 4. Stu WILSON off 18. Hamish WATSON on for Hawke's Bay United.


Hamish WATSON barrels into Stu LAWRIE - free-kick Manawatu.


Hawke's Bay United player, Alex BARLOW - "Game started out well but it's become very scrappy."


Michael FRAZER brought crashing down on the 18 yard box. Step up, Jimmy HAIDAKIS.


HAIDAKIS free-kick skims Bill ROBERTSON's head and Shaun PETA sees it graze the crossbar. Bay clear the corner. Close for Manawatu.




CISSOKO makes an instant impression firing a shot into the side-netting.


Fergus NEIL long range fizzes wide.


Hamish WATSON is offside.


Michael FRAZER long throw-in is helped on by SOROMON - no takers.


Sam MARGETTS has a chance to grab Bay's third but Matt BORREN draws the applause of the home crowd with a fine save.


Hawke's Bay United look in control but Manawatu are showing they may be capable of snatching something on the break.


SUBSTITUTION 25. Izaia BURSTON on 6. Matt KENNEDY off for YoungHeart Manawatu


SUBSTITUTION 10. Sam MARGETTS off 8. Adam COWAN on for Hawke's Bay United


GOAL! Tom BISS jinks on his left and powers a right foot thunderbolt past BORREN


Hamish WATSON clubs a shot straight at BORREN - that goal gives Bay a bit of breathing space.


WATSON sent clear by COWAN, his cross finds BISS on a hat-trick but his first touch is too heavy and he is sent wide by a regrouping Manawatu defence.


Corner for Hawke's Bay United as SOROMON crashes into a Bay player.


Bill ROBERTSON clips in a right foot shot and BORREN tips it over.


SUBSTITUTION 11. Conor TINNION off 7. Matt HASTINGS on for Hawke's Bay United


Penalty! Hamish WATSON glides past Jamie O'CONNOR and is brought crashing down. Tom BISS for a hat-trick?


GOAL! Tom BISS smashes home the penalty to claim a hat-trick and it's 4-0 to Hawke's Bay United.


Pablo MOYA fires over a shot that clears the bar by two stories at least.


Hawke's Bay United in Easy Street at the moment - SOROMON suddenly gets hold of the ball and whips over a left foot shot that has PETA thinking. Easy save, truth be told.


Seule SOROMON goes in on Josh MARGETTS and concedes a free-kick - the Vanuatu international really has cut it close with the referee sometimes.


Manawatu go close by Jordan MARTENS fires wide. Needed to at least be on target.


Fourth official indicates three additional minutes to be played.


HAIDAKIS plays MOYA - MOYA swicthes to LAWRIE and then MARTENS - nice spell for Manawatu but the cross into the box is a bit hopeful and PETA claims.


Izaia BURSTON loses the ball and Bay break...


GOAL! Hamish WATSON evades two challenges and applies a calm finish to make it 5-0.


YoungHeart Manawatu 0-5 Hawke's Bay United - easy win for the visitors and another beating for Manawatu who, sadly, now break their own record for most goals conceded in a 14-round regular season campaign.