NZFC - Round 2, Newtown Park 11 Nov 2007
Graham Little 23
Dominic Rowe 7
Halftime: 2-1 Referee: Crowd:
Stu Jacobs called for consistency from his Team Wellington side midweek and his players delivered, with an entertaining 3-1 win over YoungHeart Manawatu to finsh the weekend in second place.
Backing up last week’s win over Waitakere United, a second consecutive win – just their third victory over Manawatu in 11 attempts – has solidified what Jacobs sees as a new beginning for the club.
“[Two from two] is a good start to the season and today was a crucial game for us to make a fresh start. We’re a new team, in effect - with new staff, new players and a new style of playing.
“We’ll continue to build on what we’ve done so far and teams around the league will find us very hard to beat”
It didn’t all go Wellington’s way however with Miramar Rangers striker Dominic Rowe netting for Manawatu after just 7 minutes following a hectic end-to-end start from both teams.
Manawatu could have had more goals inside the first 20 minutes but slowly Wellington found some composure and forced an equaliser in the 23rd minute through Graham Little – who later left the field injured – before Daniel Ellensohn put the home side ahead on 40 minutes.
Finding himself unmarked at the back post and on the end of a deep cross, Ellensohn had little trouble converting for his second goal in as many games.
His second in this game in the 80th minute put the game beyond Manawatu’s reach and showed control and composure to finish a jinking run by calmly slotting the ball past Michael Utting.
The win leaves Wellington second on goal difference behind an also-unbeaten Auckland City while YoungHeart slip to eighth after consecutive 3-1 losses.
Manawatu coach Shane Rufer saw plenty of similarities between the two games and sounded a warning for anyone preparing to write his team off at this early stage of the competition.
“It’s another even game for us against a title contender and another game we could’ve easily won if not for a couple of mistakes,” said Rufer.
“The boys are understandably down with the result and with our position on the table but I know we’re a good side and we can take points off any team in this league,” he added.
NZFC - Round 2, Newtown Park
11 November 2007 Kickoff 4pm
GK. Phil Imray
GK. Micheal Utting
2. Sam Peters
3. Pablo Yackson
6. Adam Birch
4. Peni Finau
8. Mike Wilson
9. Osea Vakatalesau
9. Daniel Ellensohn
11. Ian Sandbrook
12. Andy Barron (Capt)
14. Darren Cheriton (off 76)
16 Ian Robinson - Capt
15. Graham Little (off 78)
17 Dominic Rowe (off 78)
16. Raf de Gregorio
20 Adam Cowan
17. Wiremu Patrick
21 Tim Richardson
19. Sean Douglas (of 55)
23 Scott Robson
(RGK) Dylan Hall
(RGK) Andrew Bailey
7. Sam Blackburn
8 Nathan Cooksley
10. Luis Corrales
10 Gustavo Saralegui
11. George Barbarouses (on 76)
14 Daniel Aliaga (on 78)
13. Karl Whalen (on 78)
22 Yuki Tomomatsu
18. Peter Halstead (on 55)
=2 yellow cards
= red card
And we're off at Newtown Park
Early caution for Michael Wilson for late tackle.
It's end to end stuff here with both sides showing some attacking intent.
GOAL!! - Dominic Rowe gives YoungHeart the early advantage.
Team Welington corner cleared comfortably by YoungHeart defence
Darren Cheriton goes through 1-on-1 with Utting but the Manawatu keeper makes an outtanding save to force a corner.
GOAL!! - from the resulting corner Graham Little equalises for Team Wellington - we've got a game on our hands!
Another fantastic save from Utting - this time denying Raf de Gregorio
Dominic Rowe booked for a reckless tackle.
GOAL!! - Daniel Ellensohn makes it 2-1 to Team Wellington. A deep cross from Wellington's left-hand flank falls to Ellensohn unmarked at the far post who slot home to give TW the lead
Osea Vakatalasau shoot well from an acute angle but Imray is equal to it, and saves.
Halftime - TW has marginally shaded the first half and probably deserve their lead
save by Utting from Ellensohn at foot of post
Sandbrook drives wide after good cutback from Cowan
SUB TW - Peter Halstead on for Sean Douglas
Andy Barron booked for dissent.
Yellow Fever start the chants trying to cheer TW home
George Bararouses replaces Darren Cheriton - tactical
Rowe replaced by Aliaga for YH Manawatu - tactical
Little injured and replaced by Karl Whallen - Halstead moves from centre back to centre forward to allow Whallen to slot in at cdentre back
GOAL!!! Ellensohn finishes a mazy run by rounding Utting and slotting into an empty net 3 - 1 Team Welly
Ellensohn a coat of paint away from his hat trick as he hits the post and it runs along the line with Utting beaten
Team Welly home for another win with only seconds of injury time remaining
Team Wellinton make it 2 from 2 as they dispose of YHManawatu 3 - 1 with Ellensohn unlucky not to have recored a hat trick.
Over and out from Newtown Park