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Otago United

Waikato FC


ASB Premiership - Round 7
Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin 
16 December 2012


Tristan Prattley 60'

Jack Hobson-McVeigh 20'
Eder Franchini 24'
Rory Turner 48', 72', 90+2'
Hone Fowler 79'




Halftime:  0-2                     Referee:  Matt Conger                              Crowd: 200


Waikato FC resurgence continues

by Rab Smith at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin

DUNEDIN - Waikato FC's resurgence under coach Mark Cossey continued after they thrashed Otago United 6-1 at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin today.

A second half hat-trick by Rory Turner and goals by Jack Hobson-McVeigh, Eder Franchini and Hone Fowler gave Waikato FC its second consecutive win under the new coach.

A defiant Cossey aimed a shot across the bows of critics and with six points from two games and an average of 4.5 goals for per game, he can afford to.
"That's nine goals in two matches," Cossey said, who took over from former coach Edge last week.
"The media said that we are in 'disarray'- maybe we should stay in that state, if we keep playing like today, and banging goals in," he added.
A brilliant hat-trick by Rory Turner spearheaded Cossey's Waikato side that played with style, control and penetration.

"We stuck to the game plan, and played with a passionate belief that we were going to win," he said.
It took 19 minutes before Jack Hobson laced a bendy freekick past a rickety Otago defensive wall, and unsighted keeper Liam Little.
Nine minutes later Chilean Eder Franchini jinked past some soft tackles and a crowd of Otago defenders and picked his spot with a neatly driven shot that keeper Little got near, but could not stop.
With a 2-0 halftime deficit, Otago coach Richard Murray appealed for improvement, but it made little difference as Waikato FC sliced through Otago like a festive ham.

Three minutes into the second half, Turner played a give and go with Franchini that gave him a simple tap-in for a 3-0 lead and the first of his triple.

Otago grabbed some reward when skipper Tristan Prattley drove a crisp ball past keeper Matt Upton on the hour mark to raise a cheer from the local support.
Turner did it again midway through the second half when he converted a low cross from the left that made the afternoon look like an unopposed training exercise.
Waikato FC's fifth goal was all class.

Veteran Hone Fowler capped an authoritative midfield display when he arrived late in Otago's penalty area and hit a superb diving header past keeper Little with eleven minutes left to play.
Despite on the receiving end of a hammering, Otago continued to create chances.
Young Joel Stevens raced clear several times, but an assorted quality of crosses brought him no reward. Defender Craig Ferguson also raised local sprits with spirited display.
Turner earned his hat-trick two minutes into time added on.
Otago coach Murray was desolate.

He said: "We played poorly. It was another Jekyll and Hyde performance. We made a few chances we did not convert, and we made some defensive blunders that Waikato happily took advantage of."
Astonishingly, Otago's last home win over Waikato FC is now eight years ago.

While today's result was not quite as bad as Otago's worst ever ASB Premiership loss - an 8-0 drubbing by Waitakere in the 2006-07 season under Terry Phelan -  the scars from this experience may remain for the southerners quite some time.



Team Sheet

Otago United


Waikato FC

1. Liam LITTLE

25. Matt UPTON

3. Tristan PRATTLEY (c)


5. Matt JOY


8. Seamus RYDER

9. Rory TURNER

9. Victor da COSTA (Ridden 57')


12. Joel STEVENS

14. Sam MARGETTS (Greenhalgh 85')

14. Sam MEPHAM (Day 57')

18. Alexi CAROAMA-VARELA (Shaw 68')

15. Tom CONNOR


17. Tim HORNER

21. Ray HOW

21. Aaron BURGESS (Govan 81')

23. Hone FOWLER

28. Craig FERGUSON

24. Adam WALLIS (Collier 73')



22. Peter EVANS



4. Josh GREENE

7. Morgan DAY (76')

8. Robbie GREENHALGH (85')

11. James GOVAN (81')

16. Elliot COLLIER (73')

20. Andrew RIDDEN (57')

22. Jordan SHAW (68')


=yellow card

=2 yellow cards

= red card

Play by Play


Hello and welcome to the Forsyth Barr Stadium here in Dunedin for coverage of this Round Seven ASB Premiership fixture between Otago United and Waikato FC. It's been five weeks since you last heard from me when Otago played Auckland City in Round Two and it is good to be back. Fingers crossed match fitness won't be an issue up in the box.
Both sides got their first win of the season in their respective last fixture, both of which were televised at Wellington Stadium. Hosts Otago finally converted on the promise of early games grabbing their first win of the season vs Team Wellington. The visitors win over Manawatu two weeks ago has been overshadowed however by the mass walkout of eight players in the aftermath of the change in coach.
Team news is yet to come to hand, but stay tuned.


Of course, you can offer your comments and questions via the ASB Premiership Twitter account: @ASBPremiership. Will check this as the match progresses and maybe even include the odd bit of wisdom offered on there.


Otago start as warm favourites at the TAB at $1.95 as opposed to the visitors $3.25. My tip, and one that fits in well with the history of this fixture in Dunedin, is the draw at $3.40.


Teams are included above. Two changes for Waikato, Caroama-Verala and Fowler replace Josh Greene and Ryan Thomas.  Just one change for Otago.  Sam Mepham for Morgan Day in central midfield, which, on form, is hard to disagree with.


Stunning day here in Dunedin. Not a cloud in the sky, No wind, temperature in the high teens outside, even hotter under the roof


Pitch is flat and firm, grass is short, the bald patches that were visible a few weeks ago in the middle of the FBS pitch are non-existent now. Turf is in much better knick.


It's been over 8 years since Otago last beat Waikato in Dunedin. The 2-1 win was way back in November 2004. Reading the programme from that day, no player from that day is involved today, however the AR1 from that game, Brent Best, is the referee's assessor today.


Teams entering now. Otago a new addidas strip which is blue with yellow trim, Waikato in yellow shirts, black shorts and red socks, referees in silver.


Waikato win the toss, choose to play towards the East. Otago to kickoff.


Otago kickoff.


Poor passing early by Otago, Adam Wallis gets an intercept and looks menacing. First free kick of the match goes the visitors way which is easily caught by Little.


Half chance for Craig Ferguson, but his shot was straight to Upton.


Broken play and Burgess pulls the trigger but is blocked by a defender.


Some very sharp passing by Mepham and Prattley sees Victor da Costa run hard at the Waikato defenders. Delivers a good pass, but Stevens, who looked ominous, can't quite control it.


Jack Hobson-McVeigh is down but despite the cries of the Waikato bench, Otago continue to attack through Joel Stevens, which causes some small angst. His shot was saved well, and keeper Upton rolls the ball out. Hobson-McVeigh is fine to continue 


Waikato break hard and fast, Sam Margetts has a prime opportunity to open the scoring, but his shot is over the bar. Should be 1nil.


Waikato through Hobson-McVeigh and Margetts have a couple of chances but a block and a last gasp clearance from Matt Joy clear the danger.


Adam Wallis sends a long ball goalward and but for the heading clearance of Matt Joy, would have sent Rory Turner in one-on-one.


Otago win a corner, and again, it's the head of Matt Joy that meets the ball. Header is away to the left.


GOAL Waikato! Otago give away a soft free kick, just inches outside the penalty box and it's Jack Hobson-McVeigh, who somewhat casually chips the ball over the wall and into the bottom left corner. Waikato lead 1-0.


Otago free kick sees the ball bounce around the Waikato area, ends as Sam Mepham, on the turn, fire it well over the bar.


Otago attack again, which could have ended in tears for the visitors as Ray How nearly heads over his own keeper. Upton however, is equal to the 'shot' of his defender.


Inform Otago striker, Joel Stevens, attacks down the right. His cross is not good enough to find it's intended target Burgess.


GOAL Waikato! Eder Franchini gets given a few seconds of clear possesion about 25 yards out which Otago simply shouldn't have given him. He responds by hitting the postage stamp in the top right corner with a thunderbolt of a shot. 2nil!


First yellow card of the match goes to Sam Mepham for a reckless tackle.


And another yellow card soon after the first, this time to Sam Jasper for breaking up a promising attack. Otago free kick finds the head of daCosta, but only a goal kick comes of it.


Waikato attack thwarted by an offside flag, which by my count is about the 8th offside this half. Most of them have been fairly clear cut.


Stevens down the left, finds Mepham in the box, who is met by a stunning tackle made by Hone Fowler, who clears.


Tim Horner receives a loud and visible warning for dissent by referee Matt Conger.


Tom Connor and Joel Stevens work well down the right, but an dissented offside flag ends that attack.


4th Official signals 1 minutes of stoppage time.


Halftime called. Despite having less of the ball and less chances, Waikato go into the sheds 2nil up. They had three real chances and clinically took two of them.


Waikato first team to return to the field, Otago follow soon after.


Waikato kickoff.


Ferguson breaks down the right and crosses, finds the chest of Burgess but cleared by Hone Fowler.


Goal Waikato! Rory Turner breaks down the middle of the park, plays a nice 1-2 with Caroama-Vaela, gets it back and slots it to the right of keeper Little. Waikato cruising now. 3-0


Dave Parkinson crosses from the left and finds a weak header from Rory Turner. Otago regather and win a freekick.


Sub for Otago. 20. Andrew Ridden replaces 9. Victor daCosta


Yellow Card for Jack Hobson-McVeigh for a very late tackle on Joel Stevens.


GOAL Otago! From the resulting free kick about 30 yards out, Tristan Prattley keeps it low and puts it in the bottom right corner. 3-1.


Otago win a corner, which Waikato won't mind, as an own goal was a distinct possibility after Fowler's headed clearance.


Adam Wallis would have been through with only the keeper to beat, but for the sliding intercept of Matt Joy. 


Sub for Waikato, 18. Alexi Caroama-Vaela replaced by 22. Jordan Shaw.


Sam Mepham has a chance from distance, but he fires over.


GOAL Waikato! Jordan Shaw latches onto a long through ball into the box, he squares it up to Rory Turner who shoots and scores. 4-1 now.


Sub for Waikato. 16. Elliot Collier replaces 24. Adam Wallis.


The new man Collier, shooting from distance on the turn, sees his shot scrape the top edge of the crossbar.


7. Morgan Day replaces 14. Sam Mepham for Otago.


Yellow Card for Tim Horner for a pretty awful challenge


GOAL Waikato! Hone Fowler grabs a goal through a diving header at the back post and Waikato are cruising. 


Sub Otago. 11. James Govan on, 21. Aaron Burgess off.


Otago win a series of throw ins and corners all of which come to nothing.


Sub for Waikato sees 8. Robbie Greenhalgh come on replacing 14. Sam Margetts.


Prattley crosses from the left, headed on by Govan. Tom Connor at the back post can't quite turn it in as required.


4th Official Cook signals 3 more minutes added on.


Goal Waikato! Rory Turner completes his hattrick, breaking down the left, beating Horner, then nutmegging Little in goal. 6-1!


Fulltime called. The result might not be a huge surprise, but the scoreline sure is. Despite playing some nice football at times especially during the first half, Otago were totally outgunned by a fired up Waikato team. Report to follow.