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Auckland City

Hawke's Bay United


NZFC - Round 2, Croatian Club 10 Nov 2007


Grant Young 55
Keryn Jordan 73




Halftime:  0-0                     Referee: M. Hester                               Crowd: 900


Familiar faces fire Auckland to victory

By Bob Pearce at the Croatian Cultural Society, Te Atatu.

The Old Firm came to the party to maintain Auckland Jeff Campbell congratulates Keryn Jordan on his well taken goal. Picture: Shane Wenzlick's lead in the New Zealand Football championship with a 2-0 win over Hawke's Bay today.

As they have so often before, South Africans Grant Young and Keryn Jordan provided the second-half goals after the home team had squandered several chances in the first 45 minutes at the Croatian Cultural Society ground in Te Atatu.

Both teams relished the fine surface in front of a crowd of around 900 at Auckland City's temporary headquarters but goals were hard to come by despite plenty of scoring chances.

"I think it was a good performance from us in the end," said Auckland coach Colin Tuaa. "But Hawke's Bay put up a fight in the first half. I said at halftime that we had to be patient and the goals would come.

"The good thing was that we kept hold of the ball and kept probing. You have to admire the skills of Keryn and Grant. They shield the ball well and set it up for others - and they score goals.

"Chad Coombes is learning to do the basics better and his was a very disciplined effort."

Jonathan Gould was disappointed that his Hawke's Bay side conceded the first goal from a set piece.

"In the first half we were right in it and we could well have taken the lead," he said. "In the second half I'd have to say Auckland deserved to win the game."

Young's goal in the 55th minute followed a right-wing corner that the Bay failed to clear. As the ball bounced loose in the penalty area the veteran striker got down low to head home at the cost of a blow to the mouth.

He quickly recovered and in the 73rd minute broke down the left wing and delivered an inch-perfect cross, which Jordan volleyed home.

Chad Coombes and Ian Hogg contest a header. Picture:Shane Wenzlick the first half the Bay's burly strike force of Jarrod Smith, Sam Messam and Jeremy Brockie toiled tirelessly but barely managed a shot on goal as Ki-Hyung Lee, Ben Sigmund and Greg Uhlmann harried them into error.

At the other end the chances came but went begging. In the 14th minute Coombes hit the outside of the post from a Bryan Little flick-on. Four minutes later Jimmy Cudd almost turned a Coombes shot into his own goal.

But the shot of the half was Jordan's 37-metre missile that hit the crossbar and bounced over.

Jordan and Jeff Campbell were wide with headers in the second spell and there were also chances for Paul Urlovic, who came on as a substitute for his 50th game, and Coombes.

The Bay's only real chance was a glanced header by Messam from a freekick conceded by Rupesh Puna at the edge of the penalty area. Goalie Tamati Williams defused the danger. Cole Peverley was the best of the Bay defenders until he went off with a leg injury.
Hawke's Bay will look to regain some momentum next Saturday when they host Youngheart Manawatu in their first home game, while Auckland travel to Carisbrook on Sunday to take on Otago United.

Pictures: Shane Wenzlick.


Team Sheet

Auckland City

NZFC - Round 2, Croatian Club


Hawke's Bay United

10 November 2007 Kickoff 3pm

12. Tamati Williams (GK)

1. Mitch O'Brien (GK)

5. Ben Sigmund

3. Cole Peverley (69 off)

6. Ki-Hyung Lee

5. Campbell Parkin

7. James Pritchett

6. Ian Hogg

8. Chad Coombes

9. Sam Messam

10. Grant Young  (off 73)

10. Jeremy Brockie  (67 off)

14. Keryn Jordan

11. Graham Fyfe

15. Jeff Campbell

13. Leon Birnie (67 off)

17. Bryan Little (off 69)

16. Jimmy Cudd

20. Greg Uhlmann

20. Sam Jenkins

26. Rupesh Puna  (off 86)

25. Jarrod Smith



2. Joel Mathews

4. Greig Henslee

3. Craig Wylie (on 86)

12. Dean Johnson (on 67)

9. Paul Urlovic (on 73)

15. Stu Hogg (on 67)

11. Luiz Del Monte (on 69)

19. Jonathan Taylor (on 69)

1. Ross Nicholson (GK)

24. Jonathan Gould (GK)


=yellow card

=2 yellow cards

= red card


Play by Play

and we're off


corner to Auckland cleared.

4 mins

Hawkes Bay pressure, leads to blocked shot

6 mins

Auckland corner cleared

9 mins

Hawkes Bay corner cleared

14 mins

Little Flick-on, Coombes shot outside of post


Messam shot blocked

18 mins

Coombes shot turned just wide of own goal by Hogg

19 mins

Jordan shot from 37 metres off crossbar

20 mins

Yellow card for Peverly

28 mins

Yellow card for Brockie for wild tackle

31 mins

Jordan shot blocked by goalie

40 mins

Yellow card for Sigmund tackle

41 mins

 Freekick by Cudd blocked

45 mins

Halftime: More shots from Auckland but no reward

46 mins

Freekick by Fyfe headed clear

50 mins

Pritchett craoss headed wide by Jordan

55 mins

GOAL!! Young scores for Auckland with low header after corner had been turned back in


Campbell heads wide from Jordan cross

64 mins

Loose ball in penalty area. jordan blocked by goalie

65 mins

Hogg yellow card for silly tackle.Birnie replaced by Johnson and Brockie by Stuart Hogg

73 mins

GOAL! Jordan volleys second goal for Auckland after cross from Young. Young replaced by Urlovic

82 mins

Coombes clear in front of goal shoots wide

84 mins

Yellow for Puna for holding back attacker

85 mins

Freekick by Fyfe header by Messam saved by Williams

86 mins

Puna replaced by Wylie

90 plus 2

Coombes misses one on one with goalie


Auckland run out deserved 2-0 winners and go clear at the top for a day at least.