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Hawke's Bay United
NZFC - Round 2, Croatian Club 10 Nov 2007
Grant Young 55
Halftime: 0-0 Referee: M. Hester Crowd: 900
By Bob Pearce at the Croatian Cultural Society, Te Atatu.
The Old Firm came to the party to maintain Auckland City'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.
During 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.
Pictures: Shane Wenzlick. www.phototek.co.nz
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)
=2 yellow cards
= red card
and we're off
corner to Auckland cleared.
Hawkes Bay pressure, leads to blocked shot
Auckland corner cleared
Hawkes Bay corner cleared
Little Flick-on, Coombes shot outside of post
Messam shot blocked
Coombes shot turned just wide of own goal by Hogg
Jordan shot from 37 metres off crossbar
Yellow card for Peverly
Yellow card for Brockie for wild tackle
Jordan shot blocked by goalie
Yellow card for Sigmund tackle
Freekick by Cudd blocked
Halftime: More shots from Auckland but no reward
Freekick by Fyfe headed clear
Pritchett craoss headed wide by Jordan
GOAL!! Young scores for Auckland with low header after corner had been turned back in
Campbell heads wide from Jordan cross
Loose ball in penalty area. jordan blocked by goalie
Hogg yellow card for silly tackle.Birnie replaced by Johnson and Brockie by Stuart Hogg
GOAL! Jordan volleys second goal for Auckland after cross from Young. Young replaced by Urlovic
Coombes clear in front of goal shoots wide
Yellow for Puna for holding back attacker
Freekick by Fyfe header by Messam saved by Williams
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.