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Waitakere United

Canterbury United


ASB Premiership - Semi final Leg 1
Fred Taylor Park, Whenuapai
Sunday 15 April, 2012



Russell Kamo 8'



Halftime:0-1                       Referee:Matt Conger                                Crowd:347 


Canterbury United on course for Grand Final

by Bob Pearce at Fred Taylor Park

Canterbury players celebrate a match winner from Russel Kamo (right). - Canterbury United took a giant step towards the ASB Premiership Grand Final by beating Waitakere United 1-0 in the first leg of their semifinal at Fred Taylor Park.
Both teams finished with 10 men after second-half dismissals in a game that was hard-fought and uncompromising but at no stage dirty.
The deciding goal came as early as the eighth minute when a speculative cross form the right eluded the defence and was guided wide of the goalkeeper by Russell Kamo.

For the next 80 odd minutes the teams exchanged thrust and counter-thrust with rather more enthusiasm than skill but no-one could convert the host of chances into goals.
On balance Canterbury had more shots on target and the home team could be thankful that goalkeeper Danny Robinson was at the top of his form. 

After 21 minutes he launched himself acrobatically to deny Aaron Clapham and with 10 minutes to go he frustrated the flame-haired midfielder when he finger-tipped a pinpoint freekick out of the top right-hand angle of his goal.
Waitakere created chances with lightning counter-attacks but twice one-on-one confrontations were won too easily by goalkeeper Adam Highfield as Ryan de Vries and Allan Pearce threatened. De Vries’ game finished just before halftime when he damaged his medial ligaments and was carried off on a stretcher.
There had been only two yellow cards in the first half but five minutes after the resumption Canterbury’s Darren White got his marching orders after a reckless tackle that initially earned a yellow.

Shortly afterwards Tim Myers, the lynchpin in the Waitakere defence, joined him in the sheds when he was given a second yellow after a heading duel.
There was a tentative air to the rest of the game with more giveaways than takeaways as 10-a-side tended to highlight the inaccuracy of the passing.

Both sides squandered chances and Waitakere will be disappointed that from 12 corners during the game they never looked like scoring.
“For us to come up here and get a result like this is reward for a good team effort. To be honest we could have had two or three. Their goalie made a couple of great saves,” said Canterbury coach Keith Braithwaite. “Now we’ve got it all to do again in Christchurch next week.

 “I thought everybody contributed. Daniel Glozier at left back was outstanding and Russell Kamo showed what an intelligent player he is. If he got himself fully fit, he’d be the best attacking player in the country.”

A downcast Waitakere coach Neil Emblen has Myers ruled out of the return but also de Vries and fullback Jason Rowley, who was substituted early with a calf injury.

“We need to be better than we are,” he said. “They train well and look like they’re ready to play but too many of them just don’t turn up. We’ve only got seven days to fix that.”

Maybe it’s an omen for Canterbury’s O-League aspirations. Braithwaite has a holiday planned for France in the off-season. A chance to brush up on his French for games in Tahiti and New Caledonia next season?


Team Sheet

Waitakere United


Canterbury United

1 Danny Robinson (GK)

22 Adam Highfield (GK)

2 Jason Rowley (Cunneen 11)

3 Mark Johnson

3 Aaron Scott

5 Tom Schwarz

4 Tim Myers

7 Darren White

7 Martin Bullock

8 Aaron Clapham

8 Chris Bale

9 George Slefendorfas (White 65)

10 Allan Pearce

10 Russell Kamo(Wortelboer 84)

11 Ross McKenzie

13 Daniel Glozier

17 Jake Butler

14 Josh Smith

20 Ryan de Vries (Lovemore 43)

15 Julyan Collett

30 Rory Turner (Krishna 65)

20 Ken Yamamoto (Terris 55)



6 Matt Cunneen

1 Tom Batty (RGK)

12 Roy Krishna

2 Dan Terris

22 Matthew Upton (RGK)

4 Nick Wortelboer

25 Sean Lovemore

11 Michael White

29 Jordan Vale

19 Calvin Opperman


=yellow card

=2 yellow cards

= red card

Play by Play

0 mins

Surprise to see Roy Krishna back from injury on the bench for Waitakere. After his two goals last week Rory Turner gets anoter start.

0 more mins

Cloudy with a very light drizzle and not a lot of wind.

0 more mins

Waitakere fans in the clubhouse keeping an eye on Wellington game. Could be the only Aucklanders rooting for a Wellington team.

We're off, Waitakere playing towards Kumeu.

1 min

First freekick to Canterbury no profit.

2 min

Right wing corner to Canterbury, behind for goal kick.

4 mins

Yamamoto puts Slefendorfas clear but he's ruled offside.

5 mins

Rowley off getting treatment for wha looks like a calf injury.

6 mins

Kamo has first shot but no problem for Robinson, Rowley back on with leg strapped.

8 mins

GOAL! Long hopeful cross from wide right and Kamo sticks out a leg and pokes ball wide of Robinson.

11 mins

Rowley limps off replaced by Cunneen.

13 mins

Corner fo Waitakere cleared and Canterbury are away again.

15 mins

Two corners in a row but no profit for Waitakere.

17 mins

Rory shoots from tight angle, blocked by Highfield.

19 mins

Long-range shot by Pearce, well saved. Then gets one-on-one by goaie but Highfield blocks well.

21 mins

Cracking good shot by Clapha brilliantly saved by diving Robinson.

25 mins

Right wing corner to Waitakere, McKenzie takes, another corner. Nothing to report.

30 mins

Golden chance missed by Canterbury after Slefendorfas crosses from tigh angle and Darren White scuffs his shot from in front.

32 mins

Yellow fo Kamo for persistent offending. Freekick cleared by Highfield punch.

33 mins

Good buildup Turner and de Vries, but de Vries shot blocked.

35 mins

Two corners fo Canterbury, ends wih shot slipping wide with goalie watching anxiously. Both sides living dangerously moregoals are imminent

36 mins

Kao and Butler collide, both get up gingerly but seem OK.

38 mins

Fine cross by Glozier from left well interceptd by Robinson.

40 mins

Long range shot   by de Vries trickles past post

42 mins

Yellow for Myers fo tackle on Slefendorfas. meanwhile de Vries is down and stretcher caled for andh is replaced by Lovemore.

44 mins

Four minutes to be added.

45 mins

Left wing cornr for Canterbury, headed over by Kamo.

47 mins

Slefendorfas hits post after being put clear by Kamo.

Halftime whistle and Canterbury lead 1-0, probably deserved ate they came close with a couple of other chances.

We're off again, no changes at the break

49 mins

Freekick to Waitakere on edge of area after Pearce fouled but too easily cleared.

50 mins

Left wing corner to Waitakere taken short but botched.

RED CARD! Darren White dismissed for reckless tackle on McKenzie. Canterbury down to 10. 

55 mins

 Myers gets a second yellow after clash with Kamo. It's now 10 a side.

56 mins

Terris on for Yamamoto.

57 mins

Slefendorfas heads over from freekick

59 mins

Yellow McKenzie fo trip. Diving header by Kao from freekick ove the bar.

62 mins

Yellow Cunneen, Clapham off for treatment.

65 mins

Krishna on for Turner, White on for Slefendorfas.

72 mins

Krishna already making his mark, putting pressure on the defence with his speed.

75 mins

Michael White has chance from close range but last-ditch tackle by Scott saves the day.

76 mins

Right wing corner for Waitakere, limp effort into side netting.

78 mins

Yellow Bullock for push in back

80 mins

Great freekick from Clapham, touched ide by Robinson.

82 mins

Corner to Waitakere after Canterbury defenders collide. Yellow fo Highfield for dissent.

84 mins

Sub, Kamo off Wortelboer on.

Four minutesof time to be added

90 plus two

Michael White clear but brilliatly blocked by Robinson.

90 plus three

Corner for Waitakere but fielded by Highfield. Final whistle. 1-0 to Canterbury nd advantage going ito the second leg next weekend.