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Waitakere United

Hawke's Bay United


ASB Premiership - Round 6
Sunday 9 December, 2012
Fred Taylor Park, Whenuapai


Brian Shelley 11'
David Mulligan 14'
Milos Nikolic 90'+2

Stephen Hoyle 22'



Halftime:2-1                       Referee:Matt Conger                                Crowd:273 


Waitakere down ten-man Hawke's Bay

By Bob Pearce at Fred Taylor Park

WHENUAPAI - Waitakere United consolidated their position at the top of the ASB Premiership with an on-again, off-again 3-1 win over Hawkes Bay United at Fred Taylor Park.
For the first 20 minutes the West Aucklanders looked good for double figures and a 2-0 lead was scant reward for a host of chances as the Bay seemed to have lost their way.
But the visitors grabbed one back rather against the run of play, Waitakere started to misfire and, even when Bay were down to 10 men when Sean Lovemore earned a second yellow, they could only add an injury time third from substitute Milos Nikolic.
Perhaps it was the unusual sight of sunshine in West Auckland or their Manchester City-like strip but Hawkes Bay were a shambles in the opening minutes.
Within a minute Allan Pearce butchered a chance after the defence stood off. Chad Coombes was also astray a minute later when put through by Roy Krishna.
Something had to give and in the 11th minute Brian Shelley scored his first for the club with a well-directed header from a David Mulligan free-kick. Three minutes later it was 2-0 as Mulligan was on hand to add the finishing touch when the Bay defence failed to cope with a Tim Myers long clearance.
What looked like being the Slaughter of the Innocents was turned into a real contest when Stephen Hoyle capitalised on some sleepy Waitakere defence after a free-kick by Stephen Hindmarch.
Hawke's Bay gained in belief, Waitakere found themselves under pressure and nobody was able to relax. Consequently t he standard of the football deteriorated and it took a judicial intervention to swing the balance.
Sean Lovemore, playing against his old club, had earned a yellow card in the 32nd minute when he questioned a decision by referee Matt Conger. He received a second in the 58th minute for a rash challenge and his team were reduced to 10.
Even so it took until the 92nd minute for Waitakere to add to their tally. Nikolic had just come on as a substitute when Bay, who were pressing for an equaliser, were caught on the break and the tall striker scored against one of his former clubs.
Waitakere coach Paul Marshall said the opening minutes felt as is it was going to be a 10-niller.

The missed chances were a worry but to put a positive spin on it, it shows the number of chances were creating.
Hawke's Bay coach Chris Greatholder conceded that his team had been way of the pace in the opening exchanges.
But Im quite proud of the boys the way we stood to our task. After 20 minutes we got ourselves in to the game and at halftime I thought we could win it. At the end they caught us on the break when we were pushing for 2-2.
Waitakere travel to Christchurch next weekend to play second-placed Christchurch United. They will train twice this week on artificial pitches to prepare for the game.


Team Sheet

Waitakere United


Hawke's Bay United

1 Danny Robinson (GK)

1 Richard Gillespie (GK)

2 Aaron Scott

5 Bill Robertson

3 Jack Beguely (Cunneen 57)

2 Aaron Jones

4 Tim Myers

4 Danny Wilson

5 Brian Shelley

6 Stephen Hindmarsh

7 David Mulligan

10 Stephen Hoyle (Margetts 83)

8 Chad Coombes (Manko 85)

20 Conor Tinnion

10 Allan Pearce (Nikolic 90 plus one)

12 Harley Rodeka (Kilkolly 75)

12 Roy Krishna

16 Sean Lovemore

17 Jake Butler

17 Fergus Neil

20 Ryan De Vries

19 Rudi Bauerfeind (Bruin 86)



6 Matt Cunneen

26 Dayon Drake

16 Maksim Manko

22 Angus Kilkolly

21 Dylan Stansfield

21 Matt Bruin

22 Louie Caunter (RGK)

3 Josh Margetts

25 Milos Nikolic


=yellow card

=2 yellow cards

= red card

Play by Play

0 mins

Spectacularly fine day at the Fred, with sunshine and barely a breeze.

0 mins

A minute's silence before kickoff to remember those killed in tornado this week, just over the motorway from the Fred.

0 mins

Hawkes Bay playing from Kumeu end and kicking off in their sky

1 mins

34s and Watakere have first chance but Pearce falls ove feet.

2 mins

Yet another miss by home team, Krishna puts through Coombes who shoots wide of open goal.

4 mins

Bay have hardly touched the ball as Waitakere pass among themselves.

6 mins

Break by Hoyle earns corner, but no profit

8 mins

First Waitakere corner, Mulligan takes but easily cleared.

9 mins

Krishna feeling leg injury but still on field

11 mins

GOAL! Freekick by Mulligan across face of goal and Shelley scores his firs for the club with a header

14 mins

 GOAL! Myers clearance provides the chance and Mulligan eludes Robertson for the finish

17 mins

Freekick Bay midfield, Tinnion tries from long-range but dips just too late

22 mins

GOAL! Hindmarsh takes quick freekick, Waitaker caught napping and Hoyle nips in to score. A goal out of the blue

32 mins

Yellow card for Lovemore for questioning ref's decision. He was right but no profit in arguing. 

36 mins

A lot of effort from both sides but too many hurried passes.

38 mins

Snap shot on the turn from Coombes, Gillespie does well to grab.

44 mins

Halftime looms, nothing to be added. Since the HB goal the game has deteriorated. Coach Marshall breathing fire on way to the dressing room!

45 mins

Halftime 2-1.

We're off again. Bay attack peters out to goal kick.

48 mins

Waitakere freekick gets home team back on attack, stifled by Robertson

51 mins

Freekick Bay on edge of area. Tinnion takes and finds the car park.

54 mins

Corner to Bay, foul on keeper.

58 mins

Lovemore gets second yellow for tackle on Coombes.

Cunneen on for Beguely

60 mins

Mulligan freekick on edge of area, sails wide.

61 mins

Corner to Waitakere, falls to Coombes, tipped over by Gillespie.

64 mins

Yellow Bauerfeind for persistent offending.No comment! 

67 mins

Another corner for Waitakere, straight to keeper.

70 mins

Krishna and De Vries combining well but someof theothers have switched off

72 mins

Gillespie spills Krishna shot, but scrambled away.

75 mins

Kilkolly for Rodeka

79 mins

 Coombes down hurt, but back after a liedown.

81 mins

Two dogs fighting in front of clubrooms, draw declared, both set off.

83 mins

Margetts for Hoyle

84 mins

Long range freekick for Bay, easy for goaie.

85 mins

Manko for Coombes

86 mins

Bruin for Bauerfeind

88 mins

Gillespie dispossessed outside area, but runs back to field shot.

90 mins

Four mins to be added

Krishna one on one with goaie, misses out.

90 plus one

Nikolic on for Pearce

90 plus two

GOAL! Nikolic fields blocked shot by Krishna and scores wit his first touch.

Final whistle Waitakere stay top.