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Waikato FC

Team Wellington


ASB Premiership - Round 3
Porritt Stadium, Hamilton
Sunday 18 November, 2012



Hamish WATSON 38'-pen, 64'
Karsten VIBORG 81'


Halftime:    1-1                   Referee:  Matt Conger                           Crowd:  450


Parkinson off as Wellington prevail

by Niall Anderson at Porritt Stadium, Hamilton

HAMILTON - Team Wellington took full advantage of a controversial sending off to dispatch Waikato FC 4-1 at Porritt Stadium today.

For the second week running Declan Edge had cause for complaint, with defender Dave Parkinson receiving a second yellow with the scores deadlocked at 1-1 for what seemed a routine foul on Henry Fa’arodo.

From then on, Wellington took control of a game that was flowing back and forth with numerous chances for both sides.

Waikato came out of the blocks quicker and should have opened the scoring within ten minutes, with Rory Turner and Hone Fowler both blowing glorious opportunities in front of goal.

However, the pressure was telling, and Waikato went ahead after 33 minutes when Ryan Thomas broke from a cleared Team Wellington corner.

An exchange with Sam Margetts left Eder Franchini with a chance at goal, and the Chilean made no mistake, giving Waikato their first lead of the season.

Unfortunately for the hosts, this lead would only last five minutes, as Adam McGeorge was dragged down in the box by Parkinson, who would receive his first yellow, giving Hamish Watson the chance to coolly dispatch the penalty and deservedly level the scores.

With the halftime break looming Waikato suffered the blow that would derail their chances of getting their first points against Wellington since 2008.

A long ball put Fa’arodo down the right, where he was brought down innocuously by Parkinson.

Referee Matt Conger adjudged the foul to be worthy of a second booking, and Wellington received the boost they needed in order to take control of the encounter.

“It looked to me as if he gave him a yellow card and then didn’t realise he’d already been booked. By then he had no choice,” said Waikato captain Sam Jasper, who was forced to lead a reshuffled backline with Edge making tactical changes at halftime due to not having a specialist defender on the bench.

After the break, Waikato defended bravely, but two goals in three minutes from Team Wellington killed the game off. First Cory Chettleburgh finished off a fine break after being set up by Hamish Watson, before Watson turned finisher after overpowering Hone Fowler in the box as Waikato looked to equalise.

Substitute Karsten Viborg further compounded Waikato’s misery with a fourth goal ten minutes before fulltime.

Jasper admitted that his side failed to deal with the sending off after competing well initially.

“As soon as [the sending off] happened we kind of went on the back foot. When we got forward there were gaps left at the back, and some individual errors at the back cost us too," he said.

Team Wellington’s three points puts them up to fifth on the ladder, while Waikato fall to last on the ASB Premiership standings.


Team Sheet

Waikato FC


Team Wellington

1. Matt Upton

1. Scott Basalaj

4. Josh Greene

2. Tim Schaeffers

5. Eder Franchini  (sub off 84')

3. Jamie Duncan

6. Sam Jasper

5. Andreas Damgaard

7. Ryan Thomas

8. Adam McGeorge

9. Rory Turner (sub off 68')

9. Cory Chettleburgh  

24. Adam Wallis

10. Henry Fa'arodo

14. Sam Margetts (sub off 45')

19. Tobias Bertsch

16. Jesse Edge

20. Luke Rowe

19. Dave Parkinson

22. Hamish Watson  (sub off 75')

23. Hone Fowler

24. Alec Solomons



11. Jack Hobson-McVeigh (sub on 84')

11. Karsten Viborg (sub on 75")

17. Mohammed Awad (sub on 68')

18. Tom Doyle

3. Harley Tahau (sub on 45')

23. Tom Biss

25. Matt Oliver (RGK)

25. Will Jones (RGK)


=yellow card

=2 yellow cards

= red card

Play by Play


Welcome here to Porritt Stadium for this Round Three encounter between Waikato FC and Team Wellington. Both teams have failed to get on the scoresheet so far this season, but with a lot of young talent on show we should be in store for a good game here today.


After a rainy start to the day conditions here are perfect, with the pitch looking in tip-top shape. Waikato peformed well last week against Waitakere and go into this match at $5.50 at the TAB, which could entice some degens out there.


Waikato have not scored a point against Team Wellington since December 2008, but Declan Edge and his troops will fancy their chances today against a so far underwhelming Team Wellington unit. In team news, Henry Fa'arodo is making his Wellington debut while David Parkinson has recovered from his injury and will take their place in the Waikato starting lineup.


Starting slightly early here, Team Wellington to kick off into the wind.


An early foul leaves McGeorge on the ground while the free kick is taking quickly, Hamish Watson curls an early left-footed shot outside the post.


The wind has picked up, which may favour Team Wellington today, although it does Basalaj no favours kicking into the wind.


An early mistake from Damgaard gives Margetts an attacking opportunity but his cross is underhit and Basalaj clears.


Upton mistimes coming for a long ball but Parkinson saves his keeper with a vital foot in and Waikato clear.


A one-two leaves Rory Turner through on goal with support but he opts to go alone and shoots it straight at Basalaj who makes a good save with his legs.


And it should be 1-0 Waikato! Ryan Thomas shoots from outside the box, Basalaj can only parry but Fowler blasts over from six yards!


Ryan Thomas breaks but gets clattered by Damgaard who recieves the game's first booking.


It's Team Wellington's turn to apply pressure now, camped in Waikato's half, but the through-ball from Duncan is too long and Upton will take the goal-kick.


The average Hamiltonian is shiverring in the wind, but the Wellington players surely have experience to draw on to counter the howling head-wind.


Upton bravely claims a through-ball at the feet of Watson.


Damgaard seems unperturbed of his previous booking, diving it at the feet of Thomas again, lucky not to make contact. Calcott will surely be preaching caution to him from the sidelines.


Luke Rowe plays a one-two with Chettleburgh but blasts his shot high and wide.


Fa'arodo puts a ball in which Watson meets with his head, but a superb finger-tip from Upton saves Waikato.


Chettleburgh goes into the book for a foul on Parkinson who was streaking down the left.


Duncan puts in a dangerous cross but is adjudged to be offside.


An exact replica down the Waikato end of the field as Wallis is put through with three teammates in the middle but is correctly judged to have been offside.


Solomons gives the ball away in a dangerous position but Franchini's shot from distance scorches over the bar.


Basalaj's goal-kick hangs in the air before being pushed backwards towards his own goal, the wind is not the keeper's friend today.


Thomas tries his luck again from distance but this time his shot bobbles along the ground and Basalaj claims it.


Parkinson has dealt well with Fa'arodo so far, who is stuggling to get things going on the right side. Having a natural defender in Adam Wallis playing in front of him is also providing an advantage for Parkinson.


Josh Greene's cross is closer to the corner flag than the goal and an opportunity is wasted, while down the other end Watson over-hits his cross woefully


Adam Wallis gets put through on goal but Schaeffers does well to beat him for pace allowing Basalaj to collect.


Ryan Thomas has a free-kick from the right but Sam Margetts' flick-on isn't collected at the back stick and it goes out for a goal-kick.


Sam Jasper misses a header and Watson is played through but thankfully for the Waikato captain is adjudged to be offside. Both teams are needing to cut out defensive lapses from their game at this point in the contest.


GOAL! For the first time this season Waikato get on the scoresheet, a Team Wellington corner is cleared and the resulting counter-attack from Thomas leaves Franchini to slot a right-footed shot past Basalaj and into the bottom left corner.


A Wellington corner leaves Watson with a scrappy chance but his shot is firstly blocked then cleared.


PENALTY! McGeorge is brought down by Parkinson when through on goal, Parkinson goes in the book, an unnessecary challenge.


GOAL! Watson calmly slots the penalty into the bottom left corner, Upton chooses correctly but can't get a hand on it and it is now 1-1!


McGeorge scathes down Jesse Edge and becomes the third Wellington player to go into referee Matt Conger's book.


Watson's shot is blocked by Greene and Wellington will have another corner.


Chettleburgh shoots on the turn inside the box but Greene is there again to block.


RED CARD! Fa'arodo is clipped by Parkinson on the right wing and goes down, a tame challenge but Conger deems it worthy of a second yellow. A big blow to Waikato FC just before half-time as they go down to 10.


McGeorge gets free to take a shot but Hone Fowler's face comes to the rescue.


Watson turns Hone Fowler on the edge of the box, his shot beats Upton but goes just wide of the left hand upright.

45 + 1'

Fowler goes into the book for what appeared to be dissent.


And that ends a tumultuous first half, a stark contrast to Waikato's first two matches which have been 0-0 at the break. Team Wellington will be pleased with their half-time position after going behind, while Waikato will be questioning Conger's decision to send off Parkinson.

The substitutes bench has taken the full brunt of the wind, collapsing during the break, while the corner flag is also falling apart and will get running repairs at half-time.

Both teams have opened their goalscoring account for the season, the prior Waikato games have both been 0-0 at the half, spectators are receiving value for money today.


SUBSTITUTE - New Zealand under 17 representative Harley Tahau comes on for Sam Margetts as Declan Edge looks to change his formation. Adam Wallis will drop back to left back with Tahau taking up a midfield role.


Fa'arodo is clipped and earns a free-kick 25 metres out, right in front of goal, Rowe stands over it and clips the post as Upton is rooted to the spot.


Turner finds the back of the net after being played through from Tahau but he is ruled offside, correctly it seems - no arguments from Waikato.


Thomas runs down the left and provides an inch-perfect ball to the head of Turner but he heads straight at Basalaj from six yards out, a big chance blown for Waikato!


Alec Solomons' header from a corner hits the post before scooting across the goalmouth and Waikato escape, as close as you can come to scoring.


McGeorge and Fa'arodo combine to blow a free heading chance but both are ruled offside which saves their blushes. Wellington are all over the game at this point, Waikato struggling for possession.


Turner is put through on the run but his shot on the bounce curves wide of the goal.


GOAL! Franchini gives the ball away, Team Wellington break through Watson who plays in Chettleburgh who's shot is slotted home, an unsurprising lead for Wellington.


GOAL! Now it's 3-1, Wellington break, Watson beats Fowler in the tackle and blasts his shot past Upton into the roof of the net.


SUBSTITUTE - Awad comes on for Turner as Edge receives treatment for injury.


SUBSTITUTE - A dry spell in action but a sudden downpour appears as Watson goes off for Viborg


Fa'arodo's far post chip doesn't have enough on it to beat Upton.


GOAL! Jasper makes an error at the back and Viborg is on hand to clip it past Upton and compound Waikato's misery.


SUBSTITUTE - Hobson-McVeigh comes on for Franchini.


Adam Wallis fires a ball across goal but there's nobody there to tap it home for Waikato.


Conger blows full-time on a thoroughly entertaining match here at Porritt Stadium. Team Wellington get onto the board emphatically while Waikato are still pointless to start the season. Edge will be rueing the sending off of Parkinson which turned the match on its head, while Calcott will be pleased with a performance which saw Team Wellington get their goal duck off their backs.