ASB Premiership - Round 12,
ASB Football Park, Christchurch,
Sunday 26 February, 2012
Russell Kamo 42', 85'
Halftime:1-0 Referee: Peter O' Leary Crowd: '550
by John Donnachie at ASB Football Park.
A brace from Dragons striker Russell Kamo, plus a glorious Aaron Clapham freekick had the Dragons coasting in what turned out to be a rather flat South Island derby.
The visitors, Otago, showed a lot of spirit and worked hard, but rarely troubled the Canterbury defence. Dragons goalkeeper Adam Highfield was a virtual spectator and had no saves of note to make.
Otago held Canterbury out for 42 minutes but their resistance was broken when their defence failed to deal with a Andrew Barton corner.
Dragons striker, Russell Kamo, scrambled the ball home from the six yard box, after a Tom Schwarz goalbound header was blocked on the goal-line.
Russell Kamo killed the match as a contest with his second and seventh goal of the season, with a composed finish from around ten yards out shooting past an exposed Rodriguez.
The Dragons as a unit were once again faultless. There was also outstanding displays from forward Andrew Barton and the evergreen Joe Murray-both of whom deserved a goal.
Afterward Dragons coach, Keith Braithwaite, said patience had been the key after a frustrating first half.
"At the break we spoke about moving the ball around quicker, and I think that by doing that we moved them (Otago) around, and they got tired and the gaps started to appear then.”
Otago coach, Richard Murray, expressed his disappointment over his team's failure to test the Canterbury defence.
Next up, Canterbury head to West Auckland for a mouthwatering showdown with Waitakere United in a game that could determine the destiny of the second O League spot.
22. Adam Highfield
1. Oswaldo Rodriguez
3. Mark Johnston
3. Tristan Prattley(cpt)
5. Tom Schwarz
5. Matt Joy
7. Darren White
23. Morgan Day
8. Aaron Clapham(cpt)
7. Regan Coldicott
9. George Slefendorfas
8. Seamus Ryder
10. Russell Kamo
14. Sam Mepham
12. Andrew Barton
18. Harley Rodeka
13. Daniel Gloizer
21. Jose Cantillo
15. Julyan Collett
25. Craig Ferguson
16. Joe Murray
27. Aajay Cunningham
1. Tom Batty
20. Matt Brook
4. Nick Wortelboer
22. Peter Evans
14. Josh Smith
24. Andrew Ridden
19. Calvin Opperman
26. James Watson
20. Ken Yamamoto
=2 yellow cards
= red card
Play by Play
Good afternoon and welcome back to ASB Football Park. Otago United are back in town for the second week in a row. Last Sunday, the Dragons edged their mainland rivals 2-1 in the White Ribbon Cup. So what can we expect today? A high scoring match? there has been 20 goals scored in the past 3 matches here.Bring it on!!
Conditions meanwhile are overcast and a tad cool for this time of year.
Underway soon and the sun is breaking though the clouds
1' CORNER OTAGO-RYDER corner is cleared away by Canty defence.
2' CORNER CANTY- Collett pass though to Slefendorfas is cleared goes out for corner
3'corner comes to nothing
4'CORNER- CANTY- BARTON CORNER is headed towards goal by SCHWARZ but is kicked off the goaline by FERGUSON
6'Lively start by both sides. CORNER CANTY-KAMO Crosses but goes out of Canty head at near post.
8' WHITE(CANTY) shoots wildly across the goal from the edge of the box.
10' OFFSIDE FLAG UP as COLLETT tries to put in SLEFENDORFAS.
12' OTAGO looking good defensively and keeping CANTY out for now.
14' OFFSIDE again! SLEFENDORFAS finding it hard to break the shackles of linesmen and defenders.
16' The visitors winning alot of 50/50 challenges
17'KAMO-CANTY almost plays in BARTON- ball runs through to OTAGO goalie
19' COLDICOTT-OTAGO-miss-kicks in front of goal from edge of the box
20' CORNER CANTY- PRATTLEY heads behind goal. BARTON CORNER is cleared.
21' OTAGO not offering much up front- content to invite CANTY to attack
24'OFFSIDE again- linesman trying home crowd's patience!
OTAGO BOOKING-JOSE CANTILLO- CLAPHAM freekick from far side of box goes into danger zone but KAMO can't get any on it.
28' Not much in the way of goalmouth action- OTAGO have laid their stall out to frustrate CANTY
30' SCHWARZ-CANTY- attempts cross- but ball goes out of play harmlessly.
31'OTAGO BOOKING-FERGUSON- CLAPHAM FREEKICK from edge of box is scrambled clear and COLLETT shoots over from 25 yrds out.
34' CANTY BOOKING -DANIEL GLOIZER for challenge in front of dugout.
37' Otago finally have raid in Canty 18 yard box but called up for offside! RODEKA called back
39'Otago now feeling the wrath of the linesmen-OFFSIDE again
40. MURRAY drive from 25 yards out is held by OTAGO Goalie
41'MURRAY AGAIN brings great save out of Rodriguez- best chance of match so far.
42' GOAL CANTY- KAMO scores from close in of BARTON CORNER after SCHWARZ had header at near post parried by RODRIGUEZ
45x1 CORNER OTAGO- PRATTLEY shoots over from edge of box.
48' OTAGO'S PRATTLEY doing a good marking job on the Asb premiership's top scorer GEORGE SLEFENDORFAS
49'PRATTLEY IS LIMPING after intervention on edge of box to prevent SLEFENDORFAS.
50' CORNER CANTY- GLOIZER probing crosss headed behind.
CANTY'S COLLETT appears to be pushed off the ball from corner- OTAGO meawhile clear the danger
53' WHITE tries to put through SLEFENDORFAS -again OTAGO defence stand tall anddanger averted.
54'OTAGO SUB-RYDER OFF JAMES WATSON ON.
55 FREEKICK-CANTY in CLAPHAM RANGE-GOAL CLAPHAM direct from free-kick 25 yards out
56'FREEKICK CANTY-CLAPHAM hits wall but then drives a great shot at the goal great reflex save by RODRIGUEZ
57'CANTY force two corners in row- but OTAGO survive.
58'CANTY turning the screw now. BARTON lashes the underside of the bar from close in.
59'OTAGO SUB - MATT BROOK ON FOR JOSE CANTILLO
64' ALL CANTY now BARTON dribbles along the area but shot is blocked
65'BARTON CANTY brings great save out of RODRIGUEZ after mazy run and shot inside the OTAGO box.
69' FREEKICK CANTY- WHITE FOULED 30 yards out. CLAPHAM this time fires over th bar.
71'CANTY SUB KEN YAMAMOTO FOR SLEFENDORFAS
72'OTAGO BOOKING SAM MEPHAM for challenge on JOE MURRAY
73'CANTY'S JOE MURRAY denied again by RODRIGUEZ after WHITE had set him up with a cross deep in the OTAGO box.
75' OTAGO just staying in the game.
79'CORNER CANTY -WATSON CLEARS dangerous BARTON CROSS.
80- OTAGO clear danger- OTAGO SUB MEPHAM OFF-?
82' Game winding down.
84' CANTY SUB JOSH SMITH ON FOR MURRAY
85'GOAL CANTY- KAMO scores from inside box of BARTON assist- neat finish in th corner.
88' CANTY SUB-BARTON OFF FOR OPPERMANN
89'YAMAMOTO cross just beyond KAMO at far post
90x1- all over comfortable victory in the end for CANTY