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Waikato FC

Auckland City


ASB Premiership - Round 6 Catch Up
Centennial Park, Ngaruawahia
Wednesday 9 January, 2013



Daniel KOPRIVCIC 3', 61'
Manel EXPOSITO 49', 59'



Halftime:     1-1                  Referee:   Mirko Benischke                             Crowd: 513


Spirit not enough for Waikato as Auckland win

by Niall Anderson at Centennial Park

NGARUAWAHIA - Auckland City’s were a class above as the visitors pushed aside a spirited Waikato FC side 4-1 in Ngaruawahia today.

All four of Auckland’s goals came from players born offshore, as Croatian-born Daniel Koprivcic and Spaniard Manel Exposito each nabbed a fantastic brace.

It was Koprivcic who opened the scoring in the fourth minute, superbly placing a side-footed shot past Matt Upton after Hone Fowler had failed to fully clear Andrew Milne’s cross.

The early deficit sparked Waikato into life, going close to equalising on several occasions before Sam Margetts prospered from Tamati Williams’ poor goal-kick, blasting the ball home to square the ledger.

The main talking point of the game came right before the halftime whistle, when Rory Turner went down in the area after shoulder-to-shoulder contact with Chris Bale.

Cries for a penalty turned to cries of dismay from Waikato fans when referee Mirko Benischke adjuged Turner to have dived in the area, booking him for simulation.

Waikato coach Mark Cossey was pleased with his team's showing in the first half, but felt aggrieved by the penalty decision.

“I thought we took 10-15 minutes to get into it, once we squeezed and put pressure on their back four they gave the ball up quite a bit really, and I thought we could have gone in 2-1 up," Cossey said.

Auckland came out for the second half determined not let that decision alter the result, scoring just four minutes into the second half through the impressive Exposito, while two goals in two minutes just after the hour mark sealed the result as Waikato tired from chasing in the heat.

Koprivcic was on hand to head home a superb Milne cross, although Fowler could have done more in the air to compete, before Exposito was released in behind the defence and conjured up another classy finish.

Cossey felt that his side strayed away from their successful first half tactics.

He said: “They kept the ball a lot longer than we did, they’re a good side, you can’t give them time and space to play because they get confidence and that’s what happened.

“Once they got that second goal I think we felt sorry for ourselves, I think the Christmas period has put us back a week. But we’ll be a lot better for [this match]," Cossey said.

Waikato have a short turnaround before travelling to Hawke’s Bay, while Auckland fly down to Christchurch to take on a tough Canterbury United side, both matches scheduled for Sunday.


Team Sheet

Waikato FC


Auckland City

1. Matt Upton

12. Tamati Williams

5. Eder Franchini (sub off 57')

8. Chris Bale  (off 67')

6. Sam Jasper (c) (off 67')

9. Manuel Exposito (sub off 77')

9. Rory Turner

11. Daniel Koprivcic

11. Jack Hobson-McVeigh

13. Alex Feneridis

14. Sam Margetts

15. Ivan Vicelich (c)

18. Alexi Caroama Varela (sub off 74')

16. Albert Riera

19. Dave Parkinson

17. Pedro Garcia

24. Adam Wallis

20. Emiliano Tade (sub off 64')

23. Hone Fowler

22. Andrew Milne

21. Raymond How

5. Angel Berlanga



Neil Mouncher (RGK)

2. Simon Arms (on 67')

16. Elliot Collier (sub on 57')

6. Jason Hicks

13. Mikey Kramer (on 67')

10. Luis Corrales (sub on 64')

22. Jordan Shaw

18. Liam Anderson (RGK)

8. Robbie Greenhalgh (sub on 74')

21. David Browne (sub on 77')


=yellow card

=2 yellow cards

= red card

Play by Play


Welcome to a picturesque Centennial Park for this Round Six catch-up match between Waikato FC and Auckland City. The conditions are perfect here under the blazing sun, wih Waikato looking to improve on their fine run under Mark Cossey while Auckland will look to extend their record unbeaten streak to 20 games. Waikato are big underdogs for today's match, with the TAB pricing them as $11 underdogs.


Waikato will get us underway, playing towards us in the media position, with Auckland will be into the northerly-blowing wind.


GOAL! An early lead for Auckland! Milne breaks down the left, his cross is deflected by Fowler, and Daniel Koprivcic is there to hit an impressive sidefoot strike across Upton and into the bottom corner, great technique from the Croatian-born Kiwi.


Raymond How saves the blushes of Hone Fowler, who gets skinned by Milne down the right byline, Exposito's resulting strike is well blocked by How.


Hobson-McVeigh's free-kick is too far ahead of everyone and it flashes across the face of the goal and out for a goal-kick.


Margetts takes a pop from 25 but his well struck attempt is straight at Williams who gathers comfortably.


Upton rather impressively boots a clearance forward which flies the whole field and goes for an Auckland goal-kick, the wind is a slight factor here early.


Tade gets played through by Koprivcic, turns a sliding Fowler, but his shot is well saved by Upton.


Margetts earns a corner for Waikato but Hobson-McVeigh's cross doesn't get past the first defender.


Margetts is in the action again as he slides a perfectly weighted through-ball in for Parkinson, but Berlanga is there to header his cross away from danger.


Another good passing exchange from Waikato, but this time it is Riera who is on hand to clear as Turner loomed in the middle.


Turner has a crack after out-hustling Berlanga for possession but Williams' dive is needless as the powerful shots flies wde.


Tade's trickery in the box isn't enough to fool How, who gets a foot in and concedes a corner.


Vicelich saves Auckland by cutting out a ball intended for the through-on-goal Margetts, and then wins a free-kick when Turner bundles him over. Classy play from the Auckland skipper.


GOAL! Margetts, who's been Waikato's best, equalises the scores! Williams gives away the ball with an awful goal-kick, Margetts is played through and clinically blasts it past Williams. 1-1!


Garcia's free-kick is met at the back post from Vicelich, but his header from eight yards is superbly saved from Upton who tips it onto the bar, a great save from the Waikato custodian. 


Williams' distibution is again poor as Parkinson gains possession and plays in Varela, Turner's tough flick on is saved at the near post.


Turner is booked for simulation despite an obvious clash in the area with Bale, a legimitate claim for a penalty is turned away, a controversial decision from referee Benishcke to book Turner.


Feneridis blasts high and wide, the ball just got a bit away from him in the wind. A back-and-forth effort so far.


Exposito gets in behind the Waikato defence but the flag is up.


Garcia comes to the rescue as Waikato earn possession on the Auckland by-line, the cross rolls across the goalmouth and it is eventually dispatched away by a desperate Garcia.


Exposito shoots wide to end a good half of football, the score is a fair reflection of the game although Waikato will be questioning the penalty decision that went against them.


And we're back underway, the sun is still blazing down here in Ngaruawahia, no subs made at halftime.


A booking straight away, Hobson-McVeigh goes into the book for persistent infringements.


GOAL! Tade plays in Exposito who opens up his body and lifts a ripper into the top corner! A great goal from the Spainard and Auckland score another early goal to begin the half.


Tade and Feneridis play a tricky one-two on the edge of the area, Tade's ground-burning volley is stopped by Upton.


Auckland are knocking it around nicely now, Tade gets involved again but this time his shot is skied over the bar, Upton has no need to move.


Fowler scrambles around on the ground to defuse a dangerous Auckland corner, what he lacks for in speed he more than makes up for in power, good defending by the former youth international.


SUBSTITUTE - New Zealand futsal international Elliot Collier makes his ASB Premiership debut, on for Eder Franchini as Waikato look to attack.


GOAL! Milne is given too much time to cross and his delivery is superb, Daniel Koprivcic rises up to head it home past Upton, that should be the result sealed!


 GOAL! Waikato lose the ball in the midfield and Exposito is set free, there was never any doubt one on one against Upton, another cool finish and that certainly will seal the result.


SUBSTITUTE - In amongst that spell of action Auckland make a substitute, Corrales is on for Tade.


SUBSTITUTE - The first goalscorer Bale takes a rest, on comes Simon Arms, while Kramer replaces Jasper for Waikato


Tade finds the back of the net, flicking a header over Upton from close range, but is flagged offside.


Collier plays a nice diagonal ball behind the defence, and How, charging forward from the back, forces a good save from Williams, who is now receiving treatment after a mid-air clash.


Milne shoots well over the bar, now Exposito is the one needing running repairs after being knocked over.


SUBSTITUTE - Greenhalgh comes off the bench, Varela makes way.


SUBSTITUTE - The two-goal star Exposito takes a spell, with the highly promising David Browne getting a run in his place.


Feneridis makes the blooper reel, sending his free-kick into the atmosphere, a 20 foot goal wouldn't have sufficed on that occasion.


Sam Margetts goes so close to scoring the goal of the year, flicking the ball up then volleying on the turn, his shot flies across Williams but just goes wide.


Riera nearly makes it 5, but his rasping shot flashes wide after a great setup by Corrales.


Corrales is involved again, this time shooting over the bar, Auckland have well and truly dominated the second half of this encounter.

90' +2

Tempers flare as Corrales is clattered in a solid tackle by How, the Costan Rican takes offence as How leaves his leg in when attempting to get up, the result is a booking for both players.


And that will end proceedings here, Waikato fought valiantly for a half but couldn't hold on to the classy attack of Auckland City in the second period.