Hawke's Bay United
ASB Premiership - Round 4
Bluewater Stadium, Napier
Sunday 25 November, 2012
Rudi BAUERFIEND 47'
Sean LOVEMORE 77'
Halftime: 0-0 Referee: Matt CONGER Crowd: 412
by David Gearey at Bluewater Stadium
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.
Murray was gracious in defeat.
“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.
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.
“We are almost top of the league and we will certainly look to stay there in the coming weeks”
Hawke's Bay 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')
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')
=2 yellow cards
= red card
Play by Play
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.
Kick Off. Hawke's Bay have lost the toss and will kick off playing into a slight breeze.
Aaron JONES makes a timely challenge on namesake BURGESS as the Otago striker has a glimpse at GILLESPIE'S goal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Hectic start to the match. Both sides having a fair old go.
I can't see how Otago are sitting on no points this season. The southerners are really looking a quality side here today.
Joel STEVENS has a glimpse at goal but fires straight into the arms of GILLESPIE.
Otago seem to be opening the Bay defence up oftently. Not what coach Chris GREATHOLDER will be wanting.
YELLOW CARD. Morgan DAY goes into referee Matt CONGER'S book for the first time today after his late challenge on Richard GILLESPIE.
Hawke's Bay have a great chance with a freekick on the edge of the box after a nice turn from PEVERLEY.
TINNION'S freekick is cleared to the edge of the box where LOVEMORE can only blast high and wide.
STEVENS connects brilliantly with a half volley 25 yards out but his shot keeps rising and clears the Stadium perimeter fencing.
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.
HINDMARCH finds LOVEMORE who was drifting in at the far post but the referee's assistant has his flag up for offside.
FALCON.... GANNON tries to chip the keeper but instead Falcon's team mate Aaron BURGESS.
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.
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.
The referee's assistant has announced there will be a minimum of 2 minutes additional time at the end of the 1st half.
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.
HALFTIME - HAWKES BAY 0 OTAGO 0
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.
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.
Hawke's Bay force a corner as they start to turn the screws on Otago.
Corner comes to nothing and then PEVERLEY gets another free kick after sucking GANNON in for not the first time today.
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.
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.
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.
LOVEMORE forces another Bay corner. The heat looks to be maybe taking its toll. Otago scramble the corner clear.
SUBSTITUTE OTAGO Regan COLDICOTT is being replaced by Sam MEPHAM
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.
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.
TINNION stikes just wide with a shot that would have tested the palms of EVANS had it been on target.
SUBSTITUTE OTAGO Benjudah FITZPATRICK is replacing Morgan DAY
Committment sees NEIL and substitute FITZPATRIC go head to head literally and NEIL stays down for treatment.
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.
LOVEMORE does well and pulls a cross back to TINNION but his shot is cleared of the line.
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.
SUBSTITUTE HAWKE'S BAY Matt HASTINGS is replacing Danny WILSON
SUBSTITUTE OTAGO Scott GANNON is replaced by Andrew RIDDEN
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"
It's not dropping for Otago as BURGESS this hits the post from a corner that he managed to flick his head at.
YELLOW CARD PRATTELY finds himself in the referees book for retaliation.
SUBSTITUTE HAWKE'S BAY Connor TINNION is replaced by Luke CHAPMAN
SUBSTITUTE HAWKE'S BAY Rudi BAUERFIEND is replaced by Matt BRUIN for his Hawke's Bay United and ASB Premiership debut.
The fourth official has indicated an addition 3 minutes of stoppage time to be played
YELLOW CARD LOVEMORE into CONGER'S little black book for persistant fouling.
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.