ASB Premiership - Round 12
Porritt Stadium, Hamilton
Sunday 26 February, 2012
Halftime: 1-1 Referee: Mirko Benische Crowd:
by Bruce Holloway at Porritt Stadium
"You have got to be happy with that after the season we have had," he said.
"The last two weeks have epitomised our season in that we have lost a couple of players and today one (Pablo Moya) pulled out sick.
"The Otago game was two points lost whereas this was definitely a point won. We were outplayed for a large part of the game but we said before the start they could have a lot of the ball as long as we kept it in front of us, and we did for the majority of the time.
"There was a bit of pressure in the final 10 minutes but they couldn't really get behind us."
But keeper Wilkes was the main hero, while Mosquera, having his first start since returning from England, was often a handful up front.
GK Mark Fulcher
GK Ben Wilkes
2. Tyler Lissette
2. Hamish McKay
4. Mohammed Awad
3. Josh Chettleburgh
6. Mike Kramer
4. Jamie O'Connor
8. Matteo Ballan
6. Matt Kennedy
9. Michael Mayne
8. Nathan Cooksley
10. Adam Thomas
14. Wade Randle
14 Josh Greene
16. Michael Fraser
15. Jesse Edge
21. Tom Mosquera
21 Tyler Boyd
23. Barry Lewis
24. Ryan Thomas
24. Michael McKnight
3. Jessie Smith 68'
12. Michael Sheridan 85'
19. Harry Edge 77'
18. Kyle Luke Graham
22. Adam Wallis 72'
18 Mohammed Aidad
RGK Danyon Drake
=2 yellow cards
= red card
Play by Play
Hello from Porritt Stadium where it is a hot, still day and conditions are generally favourable. Only annoyance from a football perspective is the hammer throw arc from a recent athletic meeting extends onto the western end of the pitch and divots from an exceptionally silly discipline - who wants to throw a hammer in the 21st century? - have pock-marked the pitch in that quadrant and been filled with sand. Waikato are without Jason Hicks, who has returned from NZ U23 duty with an ankle injury, allowing Matteo Ballan to start and Mohammed Aidad to get on the bench. Manawatu have travelled with just two subs, while Andy Smith is listed as coach in Stu Jacobs' absence. For Manawatu's Matt Kennedy it is a return to a venue where he played for several seasons for Hamilton Wanderers. Any questions, email@example.com
1 min. Waikato kick off playing towards the western goal.
Cooksley earns a free kick on left from poor Waikato passing. Lissette, who conceded it, clears.
4 min. Wilkes good save, low from Jesse Edge
10 min. Waikato with a lot of possession, but little penetration so far.
14 min. J Edge shot comfortably collected. Edge playing further formward this week.
16 min. Awad robs O'Connor but shoots over.
18 min. Edge tumbles and Fraser goes in for a bit of afters. Both players booked.
19 min. Edge upended in tackle by Lewis, no foul, taken to sideline for treatment
22 min. Great run and crossfield ball by Randle, then shot from A Thomas at other end.
29 min. Boyd shot tipped wide for corner after great Edge run. Then Lissette header saved by Wilkes.
30 min. Wilkes gets down to save from Awad.
34 min. Mosquera beats offside and goes around Fulcher but Lissette clears. From long throw, Cooksley header, no challenge GOAL. Against the run of play, first real Manawatu attack.
42 min. GOAL. Boyd beats Randle down the left flank, cuts in and shoots home. Good strong run.
44 min. McKay shoots high from an acute angle.
Halftime. Honours even. Manawatu came alive after their goal and started looking dangerous with a couple of attacks. Waikato loads of half chances, then a good goal to Boyd after 7-8 passes strung together prior to his run.
46 min. Chettleburch over top with long shot.
49 min. Lewis booked after taking out Edge in an aerial challenge.
56 min. Kennedy booked. Bad tackle.
57 min. Kramer booked, obstructing Fraser.
60 min. Fulcher good save from Chettleburg
62 min. Schorcher from Ballan deflected wide for corner
63 min. Boyd shot too straight, saved.
65 min. Volley of 5 Waikato shots blocked
66 min. Fraser collects a second yellow for his challenge on Fulcher. Dismissed
68 min. Waikato sub. Smith for Ballan.
72 min. Boyd jinks into the box but shoots over.
73 min. Waikato sub. Wallis for Awad.
Yellow card for someone, not clear who.
76 min. Mosquera booked.
77 min. Sub Harry Edge for Jesse Edge
84 min. Wilkes great save divign at the feet of Boyd.
Manawatu sub. Sheridan for McKnight.
87 min. Wilkes great save from Wallis
88 min. Wallis cuts in but elects to pass, opportunity lost.
89 min. H Edge drills wide.
Full time. 1-1. Manawatu hold on for a hard earned point. Waikato will reflect on what might have been.