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Waikato FC

Canterbury United


ASB Premiership - Round 4
Centennial Park, Ngaruawahia
Sunday 25 November, 2012




                                                                                                                                            Russell Kamo 18' Aaron Clapham 55' Darren White 74' Ashley Welborn 77', 81'


Halftime:                       Referee:  Nick Waldron                              Crowd: 250


Canterbury brush aside ten man Waikato

By Niall Anderson at Centennial Park

NGARUAWAHIA - Canterbury United continued their impressive start to the season with a 5-0 thrashing of Waikato FC at Centennial Park this afternoon.

The Dragons, now third on the ASB Premiership standings, benefited from some indiscipline from the hosts, with Michael Kramer getting his marching orders from referee Nick Waldron after 55 minutes.

With Declan Edge’s men at a disadvantage for the second week running, Waikato conceded four goals in their spell with ten men on the park, with Canterbury running rampant in the last 20 minutes.

Canterbury, who have now recorded three wins in their opening four games, were first to get on the board after 18 minutes when Russell Kamo flew onto a pinpoint corner from Darren White, heading it powerfully past Matt Upton.
Waikato had a golden opportunity to level the scores later in the first half, when the otherwise impressive Vladimir Bayrev gave away a penalty, pushing an airborne Jesse Edge and denying him a free header at goal.

However, Rory Turner’s penalty was weak, and Adam Highfield guessed well to his right to make a crucial stop.
Canterbury blew several chances to double their lead before Kramer, making his season debut, received two yellow cards in just two minutes, the second of which gave Canterbury a penalty which Aaron Clapham easily converted.

Once Waikato were down to ten men it was always going to be a matter of how many were conceded, with Canterbury coach Keith Braithwaite noting the change.

“Early on we were a bit at sixes and sevens but when we got the second goal we settled down. Obviously when they went down to ten men it was good for us, and we opened the game up a wee bit.”

Kamo, the club’s top goalscorer in their nine year history, turned provider for the Dragons third, which was converted by the impressive White, while substitute Ashley Welborn scored two goals in four minutes to complete the rout.

“I thought the third goal by Darren White was quality, as was Aaron Clapham’s penalty” said Braithwaite, who was pleased with his side’s performance.

Braithwaite was quick to praise his whole side, but singled out two players in particular.

“Dan Terris led the team well for us, and I was really pleased with Andy Barton’s first game back for the season for us, he did really well for us also.”

After a midweek hit-out against the Phoenix A, Canterbury will face a big test next week when they face the unbeaten Hawke’s Bay United, while Waikato FC will have another chance to put points on the board when they travel to sixth-placed Manawatu.


Team Sheet

Waikato FC


Canterbury United

1. Matt Upton

1. Adam Highfield

4. Josh Greene

2. Dan Terris (c)

5. Eder Franchini

3. Vladimr Bayrev

6. Sam Jasper (c)

5. Tom Schwartz

7. Ryan Thomas

7. Darren White

9. Rory Turner (sub off 86')

8. Aaron Clapham

13. Michael Kramer  

9. Russell Kamo

16. Jesse Edge

10. Dimitar Bayrev (sub off 76')

17. Mohamed Awad

12. Andy Barton

18. Alexi Caroama Varela  (sub off 54')

14. Josh Smith (sub off 79')

24. Adam Wallis (sub off 83')

15. Julyan Collett  (sub off 72')



3. Harley Tahau (sub on 54')

6. Chris Murphy (sub on 79')

14. Sam Margetts (sub on 86')

16. Ashley Welborn (sub on 76')  

22. Jordan Shaw (sub on 83')

19. Louie Bush (sub on 72')

25. Bailey Webster

24. Cory Mitchell

RGK: Neil Mouncher

RGK - Tom Batty


=yellow card

=2 yellow cards

= red card

Play by Play


Welcome to Centennial Park in Ngaruawahia for this fourth round ASB Premiership clash between Waikato FC and Canterbury United. Both teams have made changes to their sides from last weekend, with Waikato FC bringing in NZ under 23 representive Mikey Kramer to replace Hone Fowler, while Alexi Caroama Varela replaces Sam Margetts. Just one change for the Dragons, with Andy Barton in for Michael Fifii.


Waikato are still looking for their first points of the season, while Canterbury will be targeting this game as one they must take three points from, to continue their good start to their 2012-2013 campaign. Waikato are $5.75 outsiders at the TAB, with the draw at $4.50, so anything other than a Canterbury win today will be a surprise.


Waikato open proceedings and will pass it around the back four in their 4-4-2 formation.


Darren White gets round the back and provides a great ball to Andy Barton put his shot is right at Upton from 10 yards out! Probably should have buried that, plenty of time to shoot.


Canterbury with all the early pressure as White's corner is headed wide by Bayrev, who was under pressure from Jasper.


Kamo muscles his way past Greene and into the area but gets too greedy and instead of playing across the face of goal he shoots into the side netting.


Vladimr Bayrev charges down the wing but Kramer recovers superbly with an excellent sliding tackle


Franchini is impressive early, but his through ball to Turner is just overhit and Highfield manages to collect 


Thomas plays through Turner but he's adjudged as offside, Waikato looking to play in behind the Canterbury defence early.


A crunching tackle from Jasper halts Barton's progress as he makes darts into the box, the ball balloons away to safety.


Jasper is to the fore again to cut out a cross for a Canterbury corner, Canterbury looking dangerous so far.


 GOAL! It's Russell Kamo, corner swung in from the left by Darren White, Kamo attacks the ball and it flies past Upton and into the bottom corner, 1-0 Canterbury!


Kramer slips up at the back but recovers in time to slide in and deny Vladimr Bayrev, the resulting corner is cleared.


Jesse Edge is played through but the cover defence gets across in time before he can cross it to the open Awad.


Canterbury claim for a penalty after Barton is shielded off the ball by Greene, deservedly waved away by Waldron.


Matt Upton is being called upon to play out from the back, but his distribution has been poor, Waikato lucky to escape after his clearance falls straight at the feet of Smith.


Awad does well to earn a free-kick on the edge of the area.


PENALTY! Thomas' free-kick is met by Edge who is pushed in the area by Vladimr Bayrev, and Waldron points to the spot! Bayrev goes into the book.


SAVED! Turner goes to the bottom left corner but Highfield is the hero for Canterbury with a strong save!


And it should have been 2-0! Greene and Jasper save Waikato in a goalmouth scramble, two important blocks from point blank range!


Awad has been one of Waikato's best going forward but he looks clueless at the back as Greene has to save his blushes with an important volleyed clearance.


What a miss! White provides a perfect ball into the box for Barton, who's side-foot volley is woefully wide from six yards!


Barton goes flying into the metal railings and nearly upends himself, not much room there to stop.


Varela dives in on Clapham and receives Waikato FC's first booking


And it's 1-0 at halftime, Canterbury have been well on top and should be ahead by more, while Waikato will be rueing Turner's penalty miss who would have put them at level pegging.


And the second half is underway, Canterbury take the ball.


Awad and Turner combine for an early chance but Schwartz is there to block, the resulting short corner is predictably woeful. 


If anybody following has ever seen a short corner work before, enlighten me! Waikato would be better off to stick it into the mixer for their big men to get a head on it.


Clapham's swerving piledriver from distance is palmed away by Upton, that would have been a goal of the season candidate.


For the first time we see Julyan Collett in the game, booked for a foul on Turner.


Waldron is getting card happy now, Kramer goes into the book for an innoccous foul.


SUBSTITUTE - Harley Tahau comes on for Varela, who was in danger of picking up a second yellow card.


PENALTY! Kamo is brought down in the box by Kramer, who boots the advertising hoardings as he receives his second yellow card!


 GOAL! Clapham coolly converts to Upton's left, that should be game over.


Dimitar Bayrev scuffs his shot wide of Upton's goal from the edge of the area, Waikato struggled with 10 men last week, more goals could easily be in store here.


Kamo latches onto a long ball from Terris, rounds Upton but can't catch up with it at Upton escapes with a goalkick.


Now it is White's turn to shoot wide, Canterbury completely dominating possession and territory here.


Highfield is quick to rush out to steal the ball from the feet of Turner, he's dealt well with everything thrown at him today.


Turner's ball to a clean through Awad is ever so slightly behind him, Awad can't control it on his back heel and it sits up to be cleared.


Edge releases a wrom-burner from distance which is hit hard but Highfield is able to first bobble then snare.


Upton saves well at Kamo's feet.


SUBSTITUTE - Collett comes off for Louie Bush.


Turner has a crack from just outside the area but Highfield claims above his head.


 GOAL! And it's 3-0, Darren White profits from Russell Kamo's orginal work to put it past Matt Upton.


SUBSTITUTE - Welborn on for Dimitar Bayrev.


 GOAL! They're flooding in now, a very scrappy fourth for Canterbury United, looks like Ashley Welborn is the man to poke it past Upton.


SUBSTITUTE - Canterbury use their last, Murphy comes on for Smith in the middle of the park.


 GOAL! And it is really turning into a rout now, Kamo again the provider with a good cross, the substitute Welborn dinks it past Upton to make it five.


SUBSTITUTE - Jordan Shaw is on for Adam Wallis as Kamo's shot on the turn is smothered by Upton.


SUBSTITUTE - Margetts finally makes an appearance, brought on for Turner.


Barton spins past Edge and shoots powerfully, Upton is there to make the save.


Four added minutes are signalled by the fourth official.


And that's fulltime here in Ngaruawahia, 5-0 to Canterbury, who profited hugely from the sending off of Kramer, but who were also well on top before then. Waikato stay pointless, and also have scored only once in four games so far. I'm off to confirm the Canterbury goalscorers, come back later on for the full game wrap.