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Round 3 - Hawke's Bay v Auckland

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Bay, Auckland face endurance trial

By David Gearey / asbpremiership.co.nz 

NAPIER - Hawke’s Bay's mid season revival faces the blowtorch test when Oceania champions Auckland City visit Bluewater Stadium in a Waitangi Day make or break showdown.

The Round 5 catch up fixture will test the depth of both squads as they play their second match within 48 hours.

Hawke’s Bay will no doubt be on a high after rolling the former champions Waitakere United at home a fortnight ago, and will surely head into the match knowing that the same attitude and performance may be enough to snatch a unique City of Sails double. 

Bay's head coach Chris Greatholder has been pleased with his side's defensive effort and more importantly, successive clean sheets, prior to this weekend.  One player in particular has stood out in youngster Fergus Neil.  Neil only made his Hawke’s Bay debut in the 2010-11 season and the quiet achiever has cemented his starting position since.

The Hawke’s Bay 19-year-old knows that if they are to repeat the Waitakere United result and continue this rich vein of form then Hawke's Bay will need to be at their best".

“Auckland are probably the best side in the league but I think that if we can continue our good form and keep our discipline for the full 90 minutes then we can get a good result,”  Neil said.

“I think we’ve always been capable of this kind of form, but now the side is really starting to come together as more of a team rather than individual performances, and for me that’s doing things like getting forward to support the wide player as much as possible, keeping possession and maintaining shape as part of the back four,” he added.

A successful weekend for the Bay could see them gain further ground on the leading pack and push for that elusive playoff spot they so desire.  

With a derby showdown on Saturday with Waitakere United to consider, the stakes seem to be higher with each passing match for Auckland City and, depending results elsewhere - most notably Canterbury's clash with the Bay on Saturday - they could find themselves sitting second on the table for the first time this campaign.

After picking up maximum points from their first six matches, Auckland City have come into the weekend looking over their shoulder, after successive draws with Wellington and Waikato saw the chasing bunch close the gap at the top to just two points.

Auckland coach Ramon Tribulietx understands how important the second round of matches will be to his side if they are going to continue their dominance at the top of this year’s premiership.

“We understand that the matches in this second round will be tougher which will make winning every game more difficult,” Tribulietx said.

The Auckland coach is also aware that the Bay have started to gain some momentum over previous weeks, so playing their natural game will be important if they are going to cement their position at the top of the league and leave Napier with all three points.

“They had a great result against Waitakere so probably their confidence levels will be at the top with the two results. We will prepare and play the same way, looking to dominate the game with the ball and controlling their counters, we have been creating a lot of chances per game and we hope to be able to convert some of them into goals,” Trbulietx added.

Picking up points for both teams has become hugely important in a weekend that will test both franchises in more ways than one. Bay's playoff hopes will burn brightly if they grab a positive result. A win for Auckland could mean City's recent shuffle could break into something closely resembling it's pre-Christmas canter.

The match is scheduled to take place on Waitangi Day Monday at Bluewater Stadium. Kick off 2pm.

 

 

Head to Head

Hawke's Bay United

Auckland City

In:

TBC

TBC

Out:

TBC

TBC

Players:

Coach Chris GREATHOLDER has a tough double header and names an enlarged squad with two matches in three days that could define the Bay’s ASB Premiership season.

Coach Ramon TRIBULIETX hedges his bets with a big double header weekend that includes a Super City derby showdown with Waitakere United. Auckland City has endured a congested fixture list and TRIBULIETX will name his squad for the trip to Napier on match day.

Vital Stats:

Hawke’s Bay United have one win, one draw and three defeats from its previous five home showdowns with Auckland City. That includes last season’s 2-2 draw and a 2-0 win registered in 2008.

Five wins, one draw from six matches illustrates Auckland City’s three season unbeaten run with Hawke’s Bay United. That statistic could be put to serious test with this match Auckland City’s sixth in 23 days.

 

Squad List

 Hawke's Bay United

ASB Premiership - Round 5 Catch-up
Bluewater Stadium, Napier 

Auckland City 

Monday 6 February, 2012 
Kickoff: 2pm


1- Richard GILLESPIE (GK)

1- Jacob SPOONLEY (GK)

2- Fergus NEIL

5- Angel BERLANGA

3- Alex BARLOW

6- Chad COOMBES

4- Stu WILSON

7- James PRITCHETT

5- Bill ROBERTSON (c)

8- David MULLIGAN

6- Stephen HINDMARCH

9- Manel EXPOSITO

7- Matt HASTINGS

11- Daniel KOPRIVCIC

8- Adam COWAN

13- Alex FENERIDIS

10- Sam MARGETTS

14- Adam DICKINSON

11- Conor TINNION

15- Ivan VICELICH (c)

14- Danny WILSON

16- Albert RIERA

16- Reilly O'MEAGHER

17- Adam McGEORGE

17- Tom BISS

20- Emiliano TADE

18- Hamish WATSON

22- Andrew MILNE

20- Leon BIRNIE

23- Simon ARMS

21- Josh MARGETTS

24- Stephen CARMICHAEL

22- Jerome GROOT

25- Mario ILICH

26- Shaun PETA (GK)

26- Liam ANDERSON (GK)

10- Luis CORRALES

- enlarged squad for double header/subject to change

- enlarged squad for double header/subject to change