Hawke's Bay United
ASB Premiership - Round 14
Newtown Park, Wellington
Sunday 8 April, 2012
Luke ROWE 21'
Hamish WATSON 18'
Halftime: 1-1 Referee: Peter O'Leary Crowd: 253
by David Cross & Cameron Russell at Newtown Park, Wellington asbpremiership.co.nz
The game often showed it had no meaning on the final standings, but Wellington will take the win and head into their playoff match with Auckland in good stride.
It was Hawke's Bay who started the stronger and had the first real chance of the game.
A sliding Hamish Watson connected with a cross at the back post, but his shot didn’t have enough behind it to trouble Phil Imray.
It didn’t take the striker long to get another chance and capitalize on it. Three minutes later he ran onto a through ball that split the Wellington back four and he slotted his shot under the on rushing Imray.
Wellington was behind for a matter of minutes before winning a free-kick on the edge of the box. Luke Rowe stepped up and bent it around the wall and just inside the far post.
Hawke's Bay was continually shutting down the Wellington midfield with some hard but fair challenges as both sides struggled to create any more decent chances in the first half.
The second 45 started in much of the same fashion with Wellington controlling possession and Hawke's Bay looking dangerous on the counter attack.
Ten minutes into the second half Team Wellington took the lead. Dakota Lucas drew in defenders with a run into the box and set up the chance for Henry Fa’arodo who calmly converted.
There was a rare moment for a football match when referee Peter O’Leary pulled up injured and had to be replaced by fourth official Peter Linney just after the hour. Wellington’s medical team were quick to supply an ice pack.
Hawke's Bay continued to battle hard but an individual goal of brilliance from Henry Fa’arodo capped of a Wellington win after he beat his man and blasted home his second goal of the afternoon.
Chris Greatholder was disappointed his Hawke's Bay side couldn’t convert more of their chances.
“I think we’ve created six or seven golden opportunities and we should have scored more goals than Wellington today in my opinion. I’m frustrated we have created these opportunities and only scored one goal,” said Greatholder.
Going into halftime on level terms, Greatholder was satisfied with the way his side started the game.
“We wanted to put a lot of emphasis on the first 15 minutes and to be physical and work as hard as we could to make sure we were in the game on that quarter of an hour mark. We wanted to make sure we weren’t caught out cold," he said.
Wellington coach Matt Calcott was content with the result, but still sees things to fix up before their playoff match with Auckland.
“I’m satisfied with the result, but not happy with the performance. We were a little bit lacklustre and it did have that feeling that there wasn’t much riding on the game.
“We looked energetic and went up a notch at halftime so that was good and it brought us some goals. We’re going to have to step up in some ways next week but it’s good to get this game out of the way” says Calcott.
When asked if he was happy with how his team is shaping up for the playoffs, Calcott replied with confidence.
“We were a bit scratchy today but we’ve had some really good results recently and we’re ready to go. There just has to be a sense of belief around our play, especially in possession with half chances and that’s going to make a big difference come next Sunday”.
Wellington will play host to Auckland in the first leg of their semi-final on Sunday 15th April from Newtown Park.
Hawke's Bay United
1. Phil Imray
30. Richard Gillespie
2. Tim Schaeffers
5. Bill Robertson
4. Michael Eager
6. Steve Hindmarch
5. Johnny Raj
8. Adam Cowan
6. Darren Cheriton (c)
12. Dale Higham (Off, 77')
9. Patrick Fleming (Off, 79')
14. Danny Wilson
10. Dakota Lucas (Off 77')
17. Tom Biss
11. Henry Fa'arodo
22. Hamish Watson
17. Dominic Rowe
20. Leon Birnie
20. Luke Rowe (Off, 83')
10. Sam Margetts
22. Justin Gulley
19. Chris McIvor
7. Wiremu Patrick (On, 79')
13. Luke Chapman (On, 77')
12. Ethan Galbraith
15. Rudi Bauerfiend
16. Campbell Parkin (On, 83')
1. Shaun Peta
18. Michael Fifii (On, 77')
25. Scott Basalaj
=2 yellow cards
= red card
Play by Play
Wow. An absolute cracker of a day here in Wellington. Northerly breeze, not a cloud in the sky. Both sides are out warming up, we'll bring you the line-ups as soon as we have them.
Line-Ups up. Kick-Off delayed 10 minutes due to late arrival of referee O'Leary.
Team Wellington wandering out to 'The Liquidator'. Preliminaries Completed and we're off.
Wellington break early. Eager long to the feet of Lucas but his shot is crowded out and driblles to Gillespie.
Hawkes Bay give the first foul of the game. As they have the ball on the edge of the home teams area the ball is won by Rowe who gets lumped for his troubles
Wellington again. Fa'arodo makes the run, over-lap from Rowe who crosses, Lucas collects, take it past the first man and lays it off to Dom Rowe but hs shot is deflected.
Lucas with a weaving run but his left foot shot is well wide.
Tom Biss makes an over-lapping run but his attempted cross is poor and easily cleared by Raj for Team Wellington.
Higham with a dangeroud free-kick, Robertson get's a head to it but can't direct it. Cleared.
Luke Rowe is collected by Robertson in what looked like a fould but play continues. Hawkes Bay break quickly but the final delivery is again wayward.
Fa'arodo and Lucas combine to open Hawkes Bay up but Lucas is forced wide and get a quality ball in. ...and again Lucas with the flick to Fa'arodo but his shots were just wide.
Lucas pulling out lots of tricks out there.
Hawkes Bay should be in front here. Eager pushes in to midfield but Schaeffers is put under pressure from higham and exposed for pace, Hawkes Bay win it but a side-foot finish isn't controlled at the far post by Watson and Imray smothers it.
Lucas run again pushes it wide to fa'arodo who shoots wide with options in the middle.
GOAL ! Hamish Watson puts the visitors up. On to a good through ball between the backs and a calm shot around an advancing Imray.
Yellow for Gillespie as he cleans up Dom Rowe on the edge of the area. Rowe's resulting shot is cleared off the line and play is called back, From the resulting free kick Luke Rowe scores.
Dom Rowe with some skill there heads the ball up, volleys but straight into Gillespie's waiting arms.
I should note here that we're having real trouble telling Dakota Lucas and Justing Gulley apart so there is a chance some of what we have credited to Dakota Lucas could in fact be Gulley the younger.
Dale Higham having a good game here. Causing Schaeffers consistent problems. On this occassion he beats Schaeffers and then Rowe and puts the ball to the penalty area where Raj heads clear.
Team Wellington switching things around here with eager popping in and out of the backline and Gulley sliding in at Right back to allow for cover.
McIvor lucky not to go in the book as he goes through the back of Fleming.
Eager gives the ball away in midfield, Watson breaks again but Scheffers gets just in front and heads it back to Imray.
Rowe Wins the ball in the area, taps it back to Fa'arodo who weights a great cross but Rowe can't make the right connection.
The home side dominating possession but Hawkes Bay look dangerous if they turn over possession.
Fa'arodo turns Chris McIvor inside out twice but then spurns the chance as he chips it over the bar.
Margetts with a good run wide but once in a dangerous position his cross is on to the top of the net.
Fa'arodo turns on the ball skips inside the right back and launches one right into the forehead of Bill Robertson who collapses in a heap but he's up again.
Hawkes bay with the final chance of the half. Two on one but control isn't what it could be and Raj clears.
That's the half. Team Wellington the better side, but constantly at risk of the youngsters up front for Hawkes Bay in Watson, Biss, Higham
Team Wellington back out 3 or 4 minutes ahead of Hawkes Bay. Give Wellingtonian's a chance to see the sun and they get all keen.
Early free kick to Hawkes Bay. Higham takes and send it wide where it's headed across the area leaving Imray scrambling but Margett's shot hits the woodwork and goes out.
Hawkes Bay again break with numbers Team Wellington saved by a last ditch tackle from Schaeffers. The visitors having the better of the halfs warly exchanges.
Team Wellington this time as Lucas breaks down the right, crosses and the ball is cleared but only as far as Fleming who heads to an open Dom Rowe who can't get the ball under control.
Hawkes Bay on the break again, McIvor goes long for Birnie who crosses but is cleared by Justin Gulley in a desperate chase.
GOAL! Henry Fa'arodo with a calmly placed finish after lucas runs in to the area beats his man and makes space.
End to end since tohe goal, the best chance being Dom ROwe who beats McIvor and makes space but then looks to cross for Lucas when perhaps he'd have been better having a go himself. Robertson clears.
Luke Rowe crosses a ball from deep and for a second it looked like it might clear the defenders either side of Dom Rowe but Robertson just gets his head to it.
Interesting period as both sides switch possession but can't find the killer ball to create a chance. Team Wellington defence still intrigueing us as they switch players in and out regularly.
Superb ball from Lucas switches play out to Dom Row but can't fashion a chance.
Change of referee here as rewferee O'Leary hobbles off and 4th official Peter Linney comes on. Hope Pete had pulled up okay after reffing yesterdays Whaterside Karori vs Upper Hutt match in the Champs Premier League.
From the next play Hawkes Bay create a chance that is cleared off the line by either Schaeffers or Rowe.
Crunching tackle from raj as Hawkes Bay dominant for this period.
Quick break from an Imray take. Fa'arodo wide to an open Lucas but his touch lets him down and Hawkes Bay crowd it out.
Fa'arodo solo beats Adam Cowan then runs across the top of the area and tries to repeat his placed goal but GIllespies saves and spills and saves.
Hawkes Bay go to the other end and Margetts sneaks through forcing Imray in to a sprawling save with his feet clearing the shot.
GOAL Henry Fa'arodo (56)- Henry Fa'arodo again beats his man and the next and powers the shot home.
SUBS: Dale Higham who has been excellent for Hawkes Bay replaced by Luke Chapman. Also Lucas replaced by Michael Fifii.
Birnie gets on the end of a good cross from Chapman but a great reaction save from imray at point blank range keeps them out.
SUB : The Silver Fox Wiremu Patrick on for Paddy Fleming
Fa'arodo wanting his Hat trick taking on half the HB side every time he gets the ball, this time is shot is well high though.
SUB : Luke Rowe off for 'Mr. Football' Campbell Parkin.
Parkin finding some space wide on the left, looks for Fa'arodo but the blocked shot results in a corner which is wasted.
If Hawkes Bay had their finishing boots on this could be a lot closer. team Wellington have had the better of possession but have needed good saves from Imray and some last ditch defending to keep hawkes Bay out.
Rowe and Patrick combine for a great threatening break but patrick's final ball is to the feet of the defender rather than his own attacker.
Gulley cleans up defender Robinson in the Hawkes Bay area and is lucky to escape a card.
Parkin again on the left, good, weighteds cross but Dom Rowe heads wide.
4th Official O'Leary hobbles out with the card saying we'll have 3 minutes of extra time.
...and that is all. The game ends with Richard Gillespie on the ground after a clash with Wiremu Patrick.