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Otago United

Canterbury United


NZFC - Round 2, Carisbrook 11 Nov 2007






Halftime:  0 - 0                          Referee:   Matthew Conger           Crowd: 800


Derby ends in stalemate

By Rab Smith at Carisbrook

Both teams left their shooting boots at home, aOtago Striker Richard Smith gets a shot away despite attention from Canterbury's Michael Bothwell. Photo: Rab Smiths Otago United and Canterbury United battled out a 0-0 draw in the New Zealand Football Championship at Carisbrook today.

There was plenty passing, plenty tackling and lots of hard running, but neither goalkeeper was troubled apart from fielding some hopeful crosses.

Otago earned the lion’s share of ball possession, and worked it round the edges quite well, but the final pass – or more important – the final shot was rarely on target.

Once again Otago player coach Terry Phelan made space for himself wherever he went, and delivered some searching crosses, for which striker Richard Smith challenged and set up a parade of half chances.

But half chances do not win games, and despite the best efforts of Chad Severs, Jesse Malloy and Croyden Wheeler that had the Otago support bobbing off their seats – the hoped for first goal of the season never arrived.

Late substitute John Lang probably went closest, as his fresh pace had Canterbury defenders scrambling, and an alert keeper Adam Highfield darting off his line to snuff out some loose balls in his area.

Canterbury again fielded a youthful side that looked technically good, but its seasoned campaigners Blair Scoullar and Dave Walker up front were ineffectual.

Stu Kelly showed more menace with darting runs in midfield, and some clever passing, yet he never showed the firepower that has earned him 15 NZFC goals and a respectable bag of 12 for Woolston/Technical in the winter league.

Credit must be given to Otago centrebacks, Kevin Taylor and John Chisholm who were dominant in the air and on the ground allowed no free shots.

Otago pushed more support forward from midfield, and either a defensive error or a mass scramble at set plays looked likeliest to produce a goal for the home side.

Canterbury’s few dangerous situations stemmed from Kelly’s skills and a strong match by Sam Jasper who almost slid through a couple of gaps.

Canterbury coach Danny Halligan thought it was a battling performance by both sides.

“We got better as the game progressed, and had our best chances early in the second half,” he said.

Otago assistant coach Mike Fridge was almost pleased with the point.

“Obviously we would have preferred a win, and we made enough chances to win several games but our finishing let us down.”

Otago's American striker Chad Severs cuts through Canterbury defenders. Photo: Rab Smith“Having said that, we are starting to hit our straps after almost no preparation before the League started. The lads are training well. Things we are doing in training started to show up today, and we are continuing to improve.”

“For the moment we are happy to have made so many goalscoring chances, and opened our account with a clean sheet,” he said.

Pictures: Rab Smith 


Team Sheet

Otago United

NZFC - Round 2, Carisbrook


Canterbury United

11 November 2007 Kickoff 4pm

1. Liam Little

1. Adam Highfield

3. Terry Phelan

3. Andy Pittman

5. Keven Taylor

4. Bill Robertson

6. Terry Alvino (Off,81)

5. Michael Bothwell

11. Andy Coburn

11. Tommy Lancaster (off,45)

14. Chad Sveres

8. Blair Scoullar

15. John Chishlom

9. Dave Walker

16. Jesse Malloy

10. Stuart Kelly

17 Croyden Wheeler

12. Jeremy Wild

18. Mike Smith

14. Darren Overton (off,28)

19. Richard Smith (Off,63)

21. Sam Jasper (Off,81)



7. Robbie Deeley (On,81)

16. Yusaki Okubo (On,81)

9. John Lange (On,63)

17. Ryan Faichnie (On,45)

12. Aaron Burgess

19. Matt Boyd (On,29)

13. Callum Flaws

22. Jordan Ashton

21. Ben Keat


=yellow card

=2 yellow cards

= red card


Play by Play

3 min

Phelan delivers cross Richard Smith puts it wide

8 min

Both teams have come out firing, box to box football

9 min

Phelan delivers free from 35 yards out, Alvino just unable to finish

11 min

Corner to Otago, cleared  by defence

13 min

Ball played in to box, Otago's Croyden Wheeler attempts bicycle from from 8 yards out in front straight to keepers hands

17 min

Wheeler has shot deflected by defender, out for a corner

18 min

Corner cleared by Canterbury's defence

19 min

Good build up play by Otago finds Jesse Malloy on the left side of box, scuffed shot straight to keepers hands

20 min

Free kick to Canterbury from poor tackle by Mike  Smith, Jasper puts free kick over from 25 yards out

25 min

Canterbury's number 21 fires a shot over the bar

28 min

Substitution Canterbury 19 Matt Boyed on for 14 Darren Overton

29 min

Yellow Card Coburn receives Yellow card for late challenge

37 min

Good pressure from Otago see's Phelan one on one with Canteburys right back, Phelan side steps defender and whips in a great cross that narrowly misses Richard Smith's head

38th min

Coburn hits 20 yard shot straight at keeper

Half time

46 min

Substitution for Canterbury 11 Tommy Lancaster off, 17 Ryan Faichnie on

47 min

Fast paced start to the second half looks like both coaches had a bit to say at half time, end to end stuff

50 min

Neat interplay by Canterbury comes to nothing as Otago's defense holds firm, both teams are lacking any real attacking penetration

63 min

Substitution Otago look  to injected  some speed into their attack with the introduction of number 9 John Lange for 19 Richard Smith 

65 min

Lange involved straight away, his pace gets him through on goal, shot put high and wide

70 min

Mike Bothwell receives yellow card

71 min

Dave Walker has weak shot at goal from out in front, straight to keeper

73 min

Canterbury lacking width as they try to break down Otago's defence

78 min

Wild finds Smith in box header put over

80 min

Severs one on one with keeper, keeper saves, out for a corner

81 min

double substitution Otago's number 7 Robbie Deeley on for Terry Alvino, and Canterbury's number 16 Yusaki Okubo on for Sam Jasper

82 min

Yellow Card Canterburys number 10 Stuart Kelly receives Yellow

86 min

Yellow Card to Otago's Deeley

87 min

Hopeful ball into box leads to a skyed shot by Lange

89 min

its all Otago with Wheeler breaking into box, the resulting corner is cleared by Canterbury

90 min

firey finish to game leading to several big challangers by both teams. 

Full Time

0 - 0 the points will be shared after a midfield battle that resulted in few goalscoring opportunites, however both teams had chances to win it