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Hawke's Bay United

Waikato FC


ASB Premiership - Round 13
Bluewater Stadium, Napier
Sunday 11 March, 2012


Danny WILSON 21'
Dale HIGHAM 91'

Mohammed AWAD 23' 
Tyler BOYD 44'



Halftime:    1-2                   Referee:    M Conger                            Crowd: 420

Hawke's Bay's dream over despite dramatic win

by David Gearey at Bluewater Stadium

NAPIER - Hawke's Bay was left heartbroken as their ASB Premiership hopes vanished despite a dramatic last gasp 3-2 win over Waikato FC.

Team Wellington's 6-0 defeat of YoungHeart Manawatu left Hawke's Bay's win over Waikato FC irrelevant after a pulsating 90 minutes at Bluewater Stadium.

The match kicked off with the majority of possession controlled by the home side, and the 400 strong crowd were treated to attack after attack by a side hungry for all three points.

They didn’t have to wait long for the first goal either, when in the 21st minute Danny Wilson headed in from 2 yards after Stephen Hindmarch had headed a corner back across Waikato’s goal and the big defender on hand to give Bay the lead.

It was short lived though and just two minutes later Waikato found an equaliser.  Mohammed Awad got on the end of a through ball by Jesse Edge and the wiry striker calmly tucked the ball under an advancing Richard Gillispie.

Waikato started to find their feet after their goal and just on halftime Tyler Boyd made an impressive solo run right through the heart of Hawke’s Bay’s defence and neatly slotted home to send the visitors into the changing sheds a goal the better.

The second half began as the first had, with Hawke’s Bay having the better of the chances.  Both coaches went to their benches early in search of more energy, and for Hawke’s Bay it paid dividends almost immediately.

Sam Margetts who had earlier replaced the hard working Leon Birnie, tied the game up at two goals a piece, when he was on hand to steer a Matt Hastings cross directly into Mark Fulcher’s bottom left hand corner of the net.

It was now game on as both sides pushed for the winner.  Hawke’s Bay again were creating the better of the chances and left it until stoppage time to clinch what could of been the most important three points of the season.

Youngster Dale Higham picked the ball up in his own half and calmly strolled up the pitch towards the Waikato goal. As the Waikato defence sat off, Higham advanced and from 25 yards on the angle, he curled a low shot around Fulcher.

Emotions erupted high as both managers exchanged words, but it was only to be one side’s day when the final whistle blew, and Hawke’s Bay gladly accepted all three points.

Speaking after the game, Chris Greatholder was very proud of the way his side had come back from a goal down to snatch victory at the death, but accepted that hitting form this late in the season, was going to be the downfall that eventually would deny them that elusive playoff berth.

“We have turned into a decent side now but we are have run out of season as everyone knows, but I am proud of the boys commitment and character which they showed today,"  Greatholder said.

Greatholder then appealed to the local fan base to attract more support in what already is a well followed franchise.

“Tell your friends and family about us,"Greatholder said  “I'd love to see 1000, 1200 or even 1500 people down at our matches cheering us on”.

For Waikato it’s a long bus ride home, and Declan Edge didn’t have much to offer, in what might be said was one of the shortest after match speeches the former All White has given since taking the mantle as head coach.

“What can I say? We try to abide by the rules of Rudyard Kipling: “humble in victory and gracious in defeat” - whatever that really means," Edge said.

He added: “We came here to win today and we didn’t want to lose. I told the boys all week I’m sick of been beaten by Hawke’s Bay.”

Unfortunately for Waikato though it wasn’t to be and as Hawke’s Bay cemented that fifth position for another year, Waikato will still have the chance to jump above Otago and climb as high as sixth when the two sides meet on March 25 in their final game of the season.


Team Sheet

Hawke's Bay United


Waikato FC

1. Richard GILLESPIE (gk)


2. Fergus NEIL


4. Stu WILSON 

4. Mohammed AWAD

5. Bill ROBERTSON (c)

6. Mike KRAMER

6. Stephen HINDMARCH

8. Matteo BALLAN


10. Adam THOMAS (c)

11. Conor TINNION (Watson, 58')

14. Josh GREENE

12. Dale HIGHAM (Chapman, 90')

15. Jesse EDGE

14. Danny WILSON

19. Harry EDGE (Looker, 54')

17. Tom BISS

21. Tyler BOYD (Hicks, 71')

20. Leon BIRNIE (Margetts, 65')

24. Ryan THOMAS (Smith, 88')



26. Shaun PETA (rgk)

12. Danyon DRAKE (rgk)

10. Sam MARGETTS (On 65')

3. Jesse SMITH (On 88')

13. Luke CHAPMAN (On, 90')

7. Jason HICKS (On 71')

16. Reilly O'MEAGHER

9. Dan LOOKER (On 54')

18. Hamish WATSON (On 58')

18. Mohammed AIDED


=yellow card

=2 yellow cards

= red card

Play by Play

-20' Welcome to Bluewater Stadium for this Round 13 match between Hawke's Bay United and Waikato F.C.  It's an overcast day here in the Bay with very light winds.  Perfect conditions for football!!!!. Hawke's Bay need nothing less than all 3 points if they want to keep their play off hopes alive whilst Waikato will be playing for pride and maybe their future contracts. 

3'  First chance of the game goes the way of the home team.  Some lovely foot work from Tom BISS and he slips a short pass to Stu WILSON but his first touch lets him down and the attack fizzles out.

4'  Again Hawke's Bay have a chance and this time it's BISS.  BIRNIE does well to release the energetic midfielder but his shot cannons off the outside of the post and the Bay have another chance gone begging.

6'  Hawke's Bay totally dominating the early stages.  Waikato can't get out of their own half.

8'  Just as I say that Waikato get a rare early chance after Bill ROBERTSON gives away a foul 30 yards out but the resulting free kick is wasted.

14'  BIRNIE pulling strings out there this arvo.  The 30 year old is distrubuting passes all over Park Island.

17'  Waikato seem to keep the ball at the back for 2-3 minutes then get frustrated and launch it long.  Hawke's Bay are glad to accept and then move to counter.  It seems to be paying off for the home side at the present.

20'  Stu WILSON makes a great run from inside his own half, down the right flank and cuts in, but his cross is cut out for a corner.

21'  GOAL  From the resulting corner Stephen HINDMARCH heads back across the goal and Danny WILSON nods in from 2 yards.

23'  GOAL  Hawke's Bay go to sleep after scoring and Waikato hit straight back.  Jesse EDGE releases Mohammed AWAD and he calmly slots past GILLESPIE in the Bay goal.

28'  YELLOW CARD  BIRNIE picks up a soft booking after a challenge on Adam THOMAS

30'  The home side are definately dominating in the possession stats as half an hour rolls by. 

34'  Conor TINNION floats in a dangerous cross and for Waikato Tyler BOYD has to clear for a corner. 

35'  The resulting corner is cleared away by the visitors.

40'  Waikato have the chance to grab the lead late but the post can only save the home side after Adam THOMAS calmly side foots a low shot from 25 yards out.

44'  GOAL A great run by Tyler BOYD right through the Bay back line sees him one on one with GILLISPIE and the Waikato midfielder calmly slots home from 10 yards. 

45' Danny WILSON has the chance to send the sides into the halftime all squared up after Bill ROBERTSON heads back across goal but the big centre back can only see his header graze the cross bar.


An interesting first half of football here at Bluewater Stadium.  The home side have had more possession, better chances but they find themselves a goal down at the break.  Coach Chris GREATHOLDER will no doubt be frustrated with the first half where as his counter part Declan EDGE will surely be smarting after his side have rallied back from a goal down and snuck into the sheds with a suprising lead.

46'  Hawke's Bay kick off the second half. No changes for either side

47'  BIRNIE with an early chance as he "swings the left foot" but his shot goes agonisingly close as it slips past the far post.

48'  TINNION forces another corner for the home side as his cross is intercepted. 

49'  The resulting corner has the Bay nearly drawing level.  The ball pops out to TINNION and he shins it back into the box but BIRNIE can only clip the ball over the bar. 

53'  Waikato nearly double their lead but GILLISPIE gets a good hand on the shot then gets up and reclaims in the nick of time.

54' SUBSTITUTE Waikato Harry EDGE has been replaced by Dan LOOKER

58' SUBSTITUTE Hawke's Bay Conor TINNION is replaced by Hamish WATSON

60' YELLOW CARD Stephen HINDMARCH goes into the book for a mistimed tackle from behind on Jesse EDGE

64' WATSON gets a chance on his left foot but shoots straight at FULCHER in the Waikato goal.  The shot stopper can only parie but theres no Bay players on hand for the rebound.

65' SUBSTITUTE Hawke's Bay Leon BIRNIE is replaced by Sam MARGETTS

67'  HIGHAM does well to block a clearance from Waikato full back Mike KRAMER but his cross is straight at FULCHER

68'  WATSON gets released wide and FULCHER comes screaming off his line.  WATSON rounds the keeper but is forced wide and when he gathers the ball he needs to cross.  His cross can only be cut out for a corner as FULCHER rushes back into his goal.

71' SUBSTITUTE Waikato Tyler BOYD is replaced by Jason HICKS.

74' Ryan THOMAS shows great skills on the edge of the Hawke's Bay box and beats two defenders before his shot is blocked for a corner by GILLISPIE.

75'  15 minutes remaining here at Bluewater Stadium as Hawke's Bay push players forward in search of an equaliser.

76'  WATSON has the chance of the season but the big man can't keep his header down and the open goal goes begging.

77'  GOAL Sam MARGETTS draws the scores all level.  He superbly guides his shot past FULCHER after a pinpoint cross from Matt HASTINGS

79'  YELLOW CARD  Stu WILSON finds himself in the book after a reckless challenge.  From the resulting freekick GILLISPIE swallows the shot like.....

85'  YELLOW CARD Dan LOOKER recieves a yellow card for a foul in the middle of the park.

86'  Hawke's Bay nearly snatch it at the death but they can't score from the goal mouth melee.

88'  SUBSTITUTE Waikato Ryan THOMAS is replaced by Jesse SMITH

90' The fourth official has indicated a minimum of 3 additional minutes

90'+1'  GOAL HIGHAM brings the roof down at Bluewater Stadium as he curls a shot past FULCHER from 25 yards.

90'+2' SUBSTITUTE Hawke's Bay Dale HIGHAM is replaced by Luke CHADWICK

90'+3' FULL TIME 


Hawke's Bay snatch it at the death.  A few emotions shown as both coaches get face to face.  Great to see in a game that offered everything.  Unfortunately for the Bay the dream is over for another year however as Manawatu have been spanked by Team Wellington but the side can hold their heads up high and be very proud of what they have achieved this season.  Wrap to follow.