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Waitakere United


ASB Premiership - Round 7, ASB Football Park, Chritchurch, 16,December,2012


Dan Terris 8 mins

 Jake Butler 15 mins
Roy Krishna 53 mins
Ryan de Vries 88 mins




Halftime: 1-1                      Referee: Mirko Benischke                               Crowd: 400


Champions finish top for 2012

by John Donnachie at ASB Football Park

CHRISTCHURCH - Waitakere United demonstrated their champions pedigree this afternoon with a comfortable 3-1 win over Canterbury United in Christchurch.

It means the champions go into the new year, with a four-point lead at the top of the ASB Premiership table.

This much anticipated top of the table clash, was a high-energy affair throughout in what was very hot conditions.

Canterbury got off to a dream start after a helter skelter opening exchange. Captain Dan Terris, rose unmarked around 12 yards out, to head home inside the post off a Darren White corner inside 8 minutes.

The lead however was short-lived. Waitakere captain Jake Butler scored with a crisp low drive from the edge of the box on 15 minutes, after Maksim Manko had teed him up following a run and precise pass across the Canterbury box.

With the spoils shared at the interval, the game turned just after the break.

The Dragons defence never looked convincing against the pacey Waitakere front-line, and were punished when Waitakere striker Roy Krishna, found an alarming amount of space inside the Canterbury box.
He duly cut inside and finished in style with a rasping shot, high and away from the exposed Dragons goalkeeper Adam Highfield.

 Waitakere striker Ryan de Vries, was also a beneficiary of tired defending, when he  pounced unmarked to make it 3 in the dying minutes, with another quality finish firing high into the top far corner.

A delighted Waitakere coach, Paul Marshall said his players had delivered the perfect game.
We had a specific game plan and apart from set-pieces we really did deliver today. We didn't always have the ball, but when we had it, we really were sound,he said.

Marshall revealed he had made some changes with his team's approach at the interval and that was key to his side maintaining their vice-grip on the top of the table.
We varied it more, and started going more in over the top of their defence. They (Canterbury) are not the quickest at the back,and we have lots of pace upfront.

Canterbury coach Keith Braithwaite, revealed that captain Aaron Clapham had vomited before the kick-off and was still ill at half-time. But he conceded that the champions are still the benchmark.
We gave the ball a way too much. There is [still a gap]. They have a good strong squad and to compete at highest level you need that.
We are down but not defeated, and we just have to bounce back. We have a few weeks now.

Best for Canterbury, were full back Vladimir Bay rev, Darren White who was constant threat down the flanks, and substitute Ken Yamamoto whose direct running style almost produced a goal.

For the champions, captain Jake Butler was a stand-out in midfield, Maksim Manko proved a handful throughout, and Roy Krishna was always looking to score.
Full-back Aaron Scott, deserves an honourable mention for a composed, faultless display.







Team Sheet

Canterbury United


Waitakere United

22. Adam Highfield

1. Danny Robinson

2. Dan Terris (cpt)

2. Aaron Scott

3. Vladimir Bayrev

4. Tim Myers

4. Nick Wortelboer

5. Brian Shelley

5. Tom Schwarz

6. Matt Cunneen

7. Darren White

8. Chad Coombes

8. Aaron Clapham

10. Allan Pearce

9. Russell Kamo

12. Roy Krishna

10. Dimitar Bayrev

19. Ryan de Vries

12. Andy Barton

17. Jake Butler (cpt)

14. Josh Smith

16. Maksim Manko



1 Tom Batty (RGK)

15. Salesh Kumar

15. Julyan Collett

18. Sam Mathews

16. Ashley Wellbourn

25. Milos Nikolic

20. Ken Yamamoto

24. Harshae Raniga

21.Tristan Nicol

22. Louie Caunter (RGK)


=yellow card

=2 yellow cards

= red card

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