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Hawke's Bay United

Otago United

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ASB Premiership - Round 4
Bluewater Stadium, Napier
Sunday 25 November, 2012
 

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Rudi BAUERFIEND 47'

Sean LOVEMORE 77'

 

 

             

Halftime:    0-0                   Referee: Matt CONGER                      Crowd: 412

 

Hawke's Bay 'grind out' win over luckless Otago

by David Gearey at Bluewater Stadium
asbpremiership.co.nz

NAPIER - Hawke’s Bay endured a torrid first half performance before eventually easing by Otago to move joint top of the ASB Premiership this afternoon.
 
In a tension filled match Otago turned in an impressive first half performance that belied their lowly placing on the table.
 
Hawke's Bay held strong and in a first half that produced only half chances, it was the Southerners were disappointed to go into the break level.
 
But the second spell was a different story and the 400 strong crowd didn’t have to wait long for the first goal of the match.
 
Great work from golden boot leader Sean Lovemore saw the speedster catch up with a ball destined to go over the byline, and with a looping cross he found youngster Rudi Bauerfiend who nodded in at the far post to put the home side 1-0 up on 47 minutes.
 
Both sides threw caution to the wind in search of a goal, but it was Otago who were hit with the sucker punch on 77 minutes
 
The former Waitakere striker found himself through on goal with only Peter Evans to beat, and as he’s done so on numerous occasions this season, Lovemore calmly slotted the ball home to double Bay's lead.

It was Sean Lovemore to the fore again, as he notched his 6th of the season in just his fourth match for the club.

For Otago, who looked impressive in the first half, this classic counter attack summed up the story of their season so far. 

Hawke’s Bay may have dominated the result, but in truth the match hung in the balance for the majority of the afternoon.
 
Richard Murray’s side hit the woodwork once in each half and, had they had a little luck on their side, could have picked up their first points of their season.

Murray was gracious in defeat.
 
“I’m sick and tired of coming here to be honest” Murray joked.

“But as much as I don’t like coming here, it’s the hard working people that you have behind the scenes that make this franchise and the club such an amazing place," he added.
 
But the Otago coach was critical with what he thought was a lapse in concentration after half time.
 
“We’ve conceded a soft goal straight after the break when we were still settling into the dugout - this has come back to bite us.”
 
By contrast, Bay’s coach Chris Greatholder was elated with the 3 points.

If Hawke's Bay can win after not playing to their full potential then the perhaps the club's long standing “playoff duck” may finally be broken.
 
“The match wasn’t pretty from us at times, and we had to go and grind a result out of Otago,” Greatholder said.
 
“But we’ve learnt to be patient and believe in ourselves for 90 minutes,” he added.
 
Hawke’s Bay now sit atop of the standings level with Waitakere, albeit goal difference separating the pair, and with some big games in the coming weeks, the Bay coach will hope his team can stretch their lead and move away from the chasing pack.
 
Greatholder added:

“We are almost top of the league and we will certainly look to stay there in the coming weeks”
 
Hawke's Bay's next match is away to Canterbury on December 2, while Otago United face an ominious journey to Fred Taylor Park to face champions Waitakere United.

 

Team Sheet

Hawke's Bay United


V

Otago United


1. Richard GILLISPIE (GK)

22. Peter EVANS (GK)

2. Aaron JONES

3. Tristian PRATTLEY (c)

4. Danny WILSON(off 77')

5. Matt JOY

5. Bill ROBERTSON (c)

8. Seamus RYDER

6. Stephen HINDMARCH

12. Aaron BURGESS

8. Cole PEVERLEY

15. Thomas CONNOR

10 Stephen HOYLE

18. Scott GANNON (off 79')

11. Connor TINNION (off 86')

21. Joel STEVENS

16. Sean LOVEMORE

23. Regan COLDICUTT (off 63')

17. Fergus NEIL

25. Craig FERGUSON

19. Rudi BAUERFIEND(off 88')

27. Morgan DAY(off 72')

Substitutes

Substitutes

26. Danyon DRAKE (RGK)

4. Benjudah FITZPATRIC (on 72')

7. Matt HASTINGS (on 77')

14. Sam MEPHAM (on 63')

21. Matt BRUIN (on 88')

17. Tim HORNER

22. Angus KILKOLLY

20. Andrew RIDDEN (on 79')

23. Luke CHAPMAN (on 86')

=goal

=yellow card

=2 yellow cards

= red card

Play by Play

-20'

Good afternoon to all our online followers. It's an absolute beaut day in the bay this afternoon.  Theres a mild breeze blowing down the ground for todays match. The home side have had to make one change from last weekend with the suspended Harley RODEKA making way for Rudi BAUERFIEND.  For Otago Regan COLDICOTT comes straight back into the side after sitting out his suspension last weekend.

1'

Kick Off. Hawke's Bay have lost the toss and will kick off playing into a slight breeze.

2'

Aaron JONES makes a timely challenge on namesake BURGESS as the Otago striker has a glimpse at GILLESPIE'S goal.

4'

Otago captain Tristian PRATTELY goes down with a head injury after a Bay free kick is put into the 18 yard box and a number of players collide.  He's back on his feet however and rejoins the game.

6'

A very even start to the match as both sets of players test their opponents.  Looks to be a good arm wrestle in place here.

11'

Former Hawke's Bay player Scott GANNON fouls Cole PEVERLEY after a nice turn by the former All White leaves Gannon with no choice but to foul.

12'

The home side settling into the match better of the two sides.  Just as i say that golden boot leader Sean LOVEMORE makes a great run but can't quite control the ball and it dribbles through to Peter EVANS in the Otago goal.

14'

TINNION roasts THOMAS down the left flank but his driven cross is cut out by the Otago centrebacks as Stephen HOYLE was ready to pounce

16'

COLDICOTT has the best chance of the game as he finds a bit of space but his shot after beating GILLESPIE can't beat the left hand up right and the ball bounces back into GILLESPIE'S hands.

18'

Hectic start to the match.  Both sides having a fair old go.

20'

I can't see how Otago are sitting on no points this season. The southerners are really looking a quality side here today.

21'

Joel STEVENS has a glimpse at goal but fires straight into the arms of GILLESPIE.

23'

Otago seem to be opening the Bay defence up oftently.  Not what coach Chris GREATHOLDER will be wanting.

24'

YELLOW CARD. Morgan DAY goes into referee Matt CONGER'S book for the first time today after his late challenge on Richard GILLESPIE.

25'

Hawke's Bay have a great chance with a freekick on the edge of the box after a nice turn from PEVERLEY.

26'

TINNION'S freekick is cleared to the edge of the box where LOVEMORE can only blast high and wide.

30'

STEVENS connects brilliantly with a half volley 25 yards out but his shot keeps rising and clears the Stadium perimeter fencing.

32'

Otago coach Richard MURRAY has been very vocal from the sidelines and why not!!  It's been a very pleasing start for the his side.

33'

HINDMARCH finds LOVEMORE who was drifting in at the far post but the referee's assistant has his flag up for offside.

35'

FALCON.... GANNON tries to chip the keeper but instead Falcon's team mate Aaron BURGESS.

37'

I tell ya what!!!!.  Who ever ordered Hawke's Bays kit must have thought they were going to be putting on 20kgs each this summer because their strips are made for American Footballers.

40'

Not much happening at the moment as you can proberly tell from the last two comments.  Both sides still slugging it out.  Both creating half chances but nothing worth mentioning.

45'

The referee's assistant has announced there will be a minimum of 2 minutes additional time at the end of the 1st half.

45'+1'

The first corner of the match and it goes the way of the visitors. The home side clear and Matt CONGER blows for half time.

45'+2'

HALFTIME - HAWKES BAY 0 OTAGO 0

46'

The 2nd half is underway.  The home side now have a slight breeze advantage.  Let's see if it has any effect on the way the Bay set out for the second spell.

47'

GOAL  HAWKE'S BAY  Rudi BAUERFIEND puts the home side ahead after speedster LOVEMORE gets on the end of a long ball and floats a long cross to the back stick where BAUERFIEND nods in at the back post.

49'

Hawke's Bay force a corner as they start to turn the screws on Otago. 

50'

Corner comes to nothing and then PEVERLEY gets another free kick after sucking GANNON in for not the first time today.

52'

TINNION shows his class 35 yards out and after easily beating his man he drives a bullet at EVANS but the Otago keeper superbly paries aside for another Bay corner.

55'

COLDICOTT has a rare 2nd half shot for the visitors but it's deflected for a corner.  Captain BIll ROBERTSON clears away with the header and the home side look to counter.

57'

HOYLE gets the ball inside the box with his back to goal. He twists and turns and finally gets a chipped shot away which dosn't cause Otago goal keeper EVANS any troubles.

60'

LOVEMORE forces another Bay corner.  The heat looks to be maybe taking its toll.  Otago scramble the corner clear.

63'

SUBSTITUTE OTAGO Regan COLDICOTT is being replaced by Sam MEPHAM

65'

ooouch!!!  PEVERLEY connects with a left foot shot but can't beat the family jewels of Matt JOY who certainly wouldn't have got any joy out of that.

69'

Fergus NEIL makes a timely challenge on the edge of the Bay box.  The little left back has to be one of the most consistant footballers in the league.  On numerous occasions he is there to clear up for the home side. 

70'

TINNION stikes just wide with a shot that would have tested the palms of EVANS had it been on target.

72'

SUBSTITUTE OTAGO  Benjudah FITZPATRICK is replacing Morgan DAY

73'

Committment sees NEIL and substitute FITZPATRIC go head to head literally and NEIL stays down for treatment.

74'

The #17 which is well known around these parts of the country as being worn by hard players, wipes his brow and rejoins the action.

76'

LOVEMORE does well and pulls a cross back to TINNION but his shot is cleared of the line.

77'

GOAL HAWKE'S BAY  LOVEMORE with his 6th of the year after beating the offside trap and superbly finishing into the bottom right hand corner of EVAN'S goal.

77'

SUBSTITUTE HAWKE'S BAY  Matt HASTINGS is replacing Danny WILSON

79'

SUBSTITUTE OTAGO Scott GANNON is replaced by Andrew RIDDEN

80'

Otago Assistant coach Andy DUNCAN has just sent him self off to the changing rooms after been warned by fourth official Anothany RILEY that this was his "last warning" 

82'

It's not dropping for Otago as BURGESS this hits the post from a corner that he managed to flick his head at.

85'

YELLOW CARD PRATTELY finds himself in the referees book for retaliation.

86'

SUBSTITUTE HAWKE'S BAY  Connor TINNION is replaced by Luke CHAPMAN

88'

SUBSTITUTE HAWKE'S BAY Rudi BAUERFIEND is replaced by Matt BRUIN for his Hawke's Bay United and ASB Premiership debut.

90'

The fourth official has indicated an addition 3 minutes of stoppage time to be played

90'+2'

YELLOW CARD  LOVEMORE into CONGER'S little black book for persistant fouling.

90'+3'

FULLTIME HAWKE'S BAY 2 OTAGO 0

A game that only entertained at times, finishes with the home side claiming all 3 points and continuing their unbeaten run which now have them sitting first equal on the top of the table.  Keep your eye out for the Match Wrap to come this evening.