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Auckland City

Canterbury United


ASB Premiership - Round 1,
Kiwitea Street, 
Saturday 3 November, 2012


Adam Dickinson 20' 29'
Chris Bale 39'
Albert Riera 77'
Emiliano Tade 81'

Aaron Clapham pen 69' 
Julyan Collett 40'


Halftime:3-1                       Referee:               Peter O'Leary                 Crowd:635 


Auckland sweep aside stuttering Dragons

by Bob Pearce at Kiwitea Street

AUCKLAND -Auckland City began their campaign in the ASB Premiership with a 5-2 victory over Canterbury United which suggested a dominant performance.

But there were times mid-game when the visitors to Kiwitea St had the heart-rates of the Auckland fans surging out of their comfort zone.
It looked like business as usual as Adam Dickinson, rarely a scorer in his time with Auckland, snatched two goals in 10 minutes.

He was the man on the spot after a volley from Ivan Vicelich was parried by the goalkeeper and fell at his feet in the 20th minute.

Nine minutes later he capitalised in the same way from a shot by Jason Hicks.
When Chris Bale added a third nine minutes late with a perfect finish to a finely weighted pass from Albert Viera, Auckland were cruising.
But in the 41st minute Canterbury reduced the deficit when a Darren White corner beyond the far post found Julyan Collett darting in to score.
After a period of Canterbury pressure early in the second spell the game was thrown into the balance when Angel Berlanga fouled Russell Kamo and Aaron Clapham nonchalantly left goalkeeper Tamati Williams powerless with the penalty.
Game on. Auckland were jolted out of their complacency and in the 76th minute Riera restored the two-goal margin after substitute Emiliano Tade made ground on the left and Viera converted his pass as goalkeeper Adam Highfield was unsighted.
The scoring was completed three minutes later when Tade’s long-range shot was deflected past the unfortunate Highfield.
“Patchy” was how Auckland coach Ramon Tribulietx described his team’s performance.

“We dominated the first half and we were unlucky to concede just before halftime.
“After we conceded a penalty we lost some of our control and Canterbury are always capable of coming back at you. 

“The good thing was we put our chances away which was something we didn’t do last week. We have some new players and it takes some time for them to fit in.
“We took the opportunity to give some players game time because we have depth and our substitutes must keep the standard high.”
Goalkeeper Tamati Williams, who got a start in place of Jacob Spoonley—a previously agreed change –gave a mature performance which must have enhanced his prospects ahead of the FIFA Club World Cup.
Canterbury coach Keith Braithwaite bemoaned his team’s lack of buildup for a game against the minor champions.
“We couldn’t have had a tougher start,” he said. “Next week we’re away to Team Wellington.
“We played some good stuff. But when we made mistakes they punished us. We gave goals away with some poor decision-making by the defenders. Full credit to Auckland, they took advantage of our mistakes.”
Outstanding for Canterbury was Darren White, who offered an attacking option on the right and twice weaved his way through the Auckland defence only for his finish to be frustrated without support.
White probably had the better of defender Takuya Iwata, but Iwata showed himself as an attacking option with two long-range missiles which tested goalie Highfield’s reactions.
Auckland City face Wellington Phoenix 'A' at Kiwitea Street on Wednesday evening, kick-off TBA.



Team Sheet

Auckland City


Canterbury United

12 Tamati Williams (GK)

22 Adam Highfield (GK)

14 Adam Dickinson

2 Dan Terris

7 James Pritchett

3 Vladimir Bayrev

16 Albert Riera

5 Tom Schwarz

5 Angel Berlanga

7 Darren White

13 Alex Feneridis

8 Aaron Clapham

11 Daniel Koprivcic

9 Russell Kamo

8 Chris Bale

10 Dimitar Bayrev

6 Jason Hicks

11 Michael Fifii

3 Takuya Iwata

14 Josh Smith

15 Ivan Vicelich

15 Julyan Collett



18 Liam Anderson (RGK)

4 Nick Wortelboer

2 Simon Arms

6 Chris Murphy

17 Pedro Garcia

21 Tristan Nicol

20 Emiliano Tade

23 Cory Mitchell

10 Luis Corrales


=yellow card

=2 yellow cards

= red card

Play by Play

0 Dimitar mins

Cloudy and warm with a slight drizzle for h tat of he season.

0 more mins

Tamati Williams gets a stat in goal for Auckland, Ne signing Pedro Gacia still on thebench as he builds fitness.

0 yet more mins

Two Bulgarian recruits Vladimir and Dimitar Baurev start for Canterbury

8 mins

Connection problems but we missed nothing much. Aucklnd have dominated possession but no clear chances yet.

9 mins

Cross by Riera sets up Bale but header weak nd easily leared

20 mins

GOAL! Adam Dickinson finishes from close range after a Daniel Koprivcic cross is volleyed across goal by Ivan Vicelich.

28 mins

Low and hard shot by Iwata, well stopped by Highfield

29 mins

GOAL! Shot by Hicks, parried by Highfield, finished by Dickinson

32 mins

Yellow card Dickinson for tackle on Baurev. 

34 mins

Good ball in by Terris earns corner, ball slow to clea but no finis by Cantabs.

35 mins

Auckland being allowed too much time and space,  recipe for disaste.

38 mins

Chris Bale served up perfect pass by Viera and Highfield makes fatal hesitation.

40 mins

GOAL! Right wing corner, Collett turns in, cleared but over line

44 mins

Yellow card Clapham for foul on Koprivcic

45 mins

No time to add, 3-1 probably about fair on run of play

46 mins

No changes at halftime, sun has broken through


Auckland City 3-1 Canterbury United


GOAL! Aaron Clapham scores from the penalty spot after foul by Berlanga


GOAL! Albert Riera side foots home from shot by substitute Emiliano Tade


GOAL! Emiliano Tade has a shot from long range and it deflects past Adam Highfield.

Substitutions - Luis Corrales, Emiliano Tade and Pedro Garcia on; Adam Dickinson, Jason Hicks and Daniel Koprivcic

Substitutions - Chris Murphy, Nick Wortelboer on, Michael Fifii and Josh Smith

89 mins

Not a lot of time to be added, one minute

 to go and it ca't come early eough for some tired Canterbury legs

91 mins

Final whistle. Comfortable win for Auckland but promising signs for Canterbury.