ASB Premiership - Round 3
Memorial Park, Palmerston North
Sunday 18 November, 2012
Ryan de VRIES 13',
Allan PEARCE 46',
George SLEFENDORFAS 89'
Halftime: 0-3 Referee: Crowd: 400
by Matt Barnes at Memorial Park
The victory sees the West Aucklanders keep their perfect record for the season intact and go two points clear at the top of the ASB Premiership table.
“I thought in the first half we gelled extremely well. Even though we only scored three in the first half, we probably should have scored another seven,” said Waitakere coach Paul Marshall.
His team began the match strongly, despite playing into a stiff wind and the occasional rain shower.
The early pressure was converted in the 13th minute by Ryan de Vries. Although his first shot was well saved by Manawatu ‘keeper Matt Borren, he crashed the rebound into the roof of the net from close range.
The Waitakere midfield, most notably All Whites caps Chad Coombes and David Mulligan, worked hard off the ball to cut down space for the home team and frustrate any attempts to get back in the game.
Up front, Fiji international Roy Krishna was a constant threat with his pace. After creating the second goal for Mulligan he was rewarded with his own, a low shot to the near post, five minutes before half-time.
Immediately after the break, Krishna again got around the back of the Manawatu defence and sent in a low cross. Allan Pearce, the all-time top goal scorer in the ASB Premiership, showed his class with an audacious back-flick to score Waitakere’s fourth.
Manawatu began to rally, with the defence reducing Waitakere to mainly long range shooting. Coach Stu Jacobs pushed the experienced Nathan Cooksley from defence into midfield and was rewarded with a greater share of possession.
The best of their chances fell to Dale Higham, but his crisp shot from just inside the box was parried wide.
As Manawatu pushed forward, they were ultimately exposed. A quick break from All White Tim Myers led to Borrens having to come a long way out of goal. Myers squared the ball to substitute George Slefendorfas, who side-footed into the empty net to complete the rout.
“The desire from the players off the ball, particularly in the first half, was very high,” said a buoyant Marshall. “When you start getting that kind of determination and movement off the ball, with the player base we have, it makes it very hard for the opposition.”
Manawatu coach Stu Jacobs was disappointed in his side’s performance of after what had been an encouraging start to the season.
“You’ve got to be on your game against the Waitakere United's of this world and we were well and truly off it,” said Jacobs. “We gave them too much space and our ball retention up front was poor. The boys have been doing particularly well up until now and we didn’t see this coming.”
It does not get any easier for Manawatu with an away game next week against last season’s grand finalists Team Wellington, who defeated Waikato FC 4-1 away today.
1- Mat BOREN (GK)
1- Daniel ROBINSON (GK)
2- Liam HIGGINS
2- Aaron SCOTT
4- Kade SCHRIJVERS
4- Tim MYERS
5- Andrew FRAMPTON
5- Brian SHELLEY
6- Matt KENNEDY
7- David MULLIGAN
8- Nathan COOKSLEY
8- Chad COOMBES
9- Seule SOROMON
10- Allan PEARCE
10- Adam COWAN (c)
12- Roy KRISHNA
11- Tom MOSQUERA
17- Jacob BUTLER
18- Dale HIGHAM
19- Daniel MORGAN
23- Lewis CUMBER
20- Ryan DE VRIES
19- Ben WILKES (GK)
22- Louie CAUNTER (GK)
7- Josh CHETTLEBURGH
3- Jack BEGUELY
17- Jordan MARTENS
9- George SLEFENDORFAS
20- Sam REDWOOD
16- Max MANKO
22- Grant ROBSON
21- Dylan STANSFIELD
=2 yellow cards
= red card
Play by Play
Welcome to Memorial Park for this top-four clash between Youngheart Manawatu and Waitakere United. There has been a lot of rain here in Palmerston North over the past 24 hours, but the sun is shining brightly now. There is a strong wind blowing from the city end that will help dry out any moisture left on the pitch, but it might be a day for keeping the ball on the deck.
This is Manawatu's first home game of the season after an encouraging first couple of away matches, but they will have their work cut out today against a powerful-looking Waitakere line-up.
We're underway at Memorial Park in Palmerston North - can the home side turn the form book around and cause an upset?
Waitakere are playing into this stiff wind in the first half.
Drive from the edge of the box by BUTLER for Waitakere saved comfortably by BORREN
First corner for Waitakere cleared by Manawatu. Waitakere pressing early.
Waitakere dominating possession particularly down the right with Aaron SCOTT, but the Manawatu defence looks well-organised.
Things have clouded over now at Memorial Park as Roy KRISHNA gets free on the right inside the box, but his shot is into the side netting.
Another cross from the right, but BUTLER is unable to really latch on to it and his shot is tamely into the grateful arms of BORREN.
GOAL Waitakere. PEARCE hit the centre channel at pace, squaring to DE VRIES on his right. DE VRIES' first shot is saved, but he crashes the rebound into the roof of the net from close range.
Another Waitakere attack ends in a goal kick. Manawatu immediately sweep upfield and a cross from the right just fails to find the head of MOSQUERA.
MOSQUERA heads a Waitakere corner clear and KRISHNA flashes a shot over the bar from just outside the box.
DE VRIES finds space on the right, but is closed down quickly and his shot goes harmlessly wide across the goal.
A Waitakere corner from the right is half-cleared once more and the follow-up long shot is again well high and wide.
KRISHNA hits the ball at pace, carrying it to just inside the box, but BORREN drops quickly to his right to save the day for Manawatu.
Manawatu getting more ball now, but Waitakere is keeping space in midfield tight.
GOAL Waitakere up 2-0 now. PEARCE has a nice interchange with KRISHNA at the edge of the box. It looks to have gone astray, but KRISHNA manages to make something of it and squares it from the dead ball line and MULLIGAN is there to tap home from close range.
And the rain has started - even some hail thrown in.
Waitakere continuing to push for more goals. De Vries running from deep tries a long range effort, but it is well wide.
GOAL 3-0 now to Waitakere. KRISHNA getting free on the left, cutting inside and striking a low shot inside the near post.
Manawatu pushing to try and get back in the game. They are looking to build from the back, marshalled by the experienced COOKSLEY.
Half-time. Waitakere look in menacing form, playing rapidly to their strikers, who have been lethal. Manawatu have looked well-organised, but the odd loose pass has been punished, particularly by the speed of Roy KRISHNA, who is causing all sorts of problems. On attack, Manawatu's opportunities have been limited. The Waitakere midfield has cut down forward passing options quickly, forcing Manawatu to keep playing back and probing for weaknesses. So far, those weaknesses have not been apparent.
The second half begins. The rain has stopped, but it is still very gloomy.
GOAL Waitakere make it four. KRISHNA crosses it on the desk and PEARCE, his back to goal, flicks it in with an audacious backheel that left the Manawatu 'keeper no chance.
De VRIES plays a one-two with MULLIGAN but, through on goal, his low shot is well saved by BORREN.
Waitakere corner goes harmlessly long and over for a goal kick.
Waitakere substitution. Chad COOMBES is coming off for George SLEFENDORFAS.
Another Waitakere corner, this time pulled back to MULLIGAN, whose shot from the edge of the box is blocked by the onrushing Manawatu defence.
Manawatu build down the right but CUMBER is surrounded by defenders and dispossessed.
MULLIGAN tries a speculator from long range after latching on to a loose ball, but his effort is well wide of the BORREN's right-hand post.
COWAN sets MOSQUERA away down the left touch, but his cross is behind the charging strike line and Waitakere clear without incident.
Substitution as Sam REDWOOD is on for Manawatu for KENNEDY, who has battled hard in midfield.
de VRIES has a long range effort that is well wide.
A scramble outside the box results in the ball falling to the feet of KRISHNA, but his low drive is straight at BORREN.
Manawatu steadily getting more ball, but are guilty of turning over possession with wayward passes too often. It happens again and KRISHNA has a long shot that goes wide. Coach Marshall immediately goes to his been and BEGUELY is on for MORGAN.
Waitakere build again, but the cross from SLEFENDORFAS is overhit and goes out on the far side for a goal kick.
A sliding challenge from COWAN just in the Waitakere half is mistimed and the referee has no hesitation is issuing the first yellow card of the match.
Manawatu push forward and MARTENS unleashes from the left corner of the box, but his shot is well over the bar.
A through-ball nearly finds COOKSLEY for Manawatu, ranging forward, but ROBINSON if off his line quickly to clear with his feet and avert the danger.
The Manawatu defence seems to be able to stifle the Waitakere raids better now and MOSQUERA draws a foul just inside the Waitakere half.
Manawatu switch from side to side, ending with a teasing cross from CUMBER that flashes across the face of the Waitakere goal.
Manawatu coming forward with purpose and HIGHAM gets free in the box. He shoots but the shot is deflected wide by the hand of the diving ROBINSON.
As we await the resulting corner, Waitkere make a change with max MANKO on for PEARCE.
The corner results in a scramble in the area, but Waitakere clear their lines.
Now a Waitakere corner from the right. Swung in deep, but Manawatu repel the assault and a cross-come-shot from SHELLEY is high and wide.
Corner for Manawatu from the left as the game is opening up a bit. The low strike is cleared at the near post, though.
And that's five! MYERS gets clear from the clearance and BORRENS races out. MYERS is able to centre a pass, however, and SLEFENDORFAS passes it into the unguarded net from 18 yards.
There's just enough time for one more Waitakere half-chance and that's FULL TIME.