ASB Premiership - Round 8
David Farrington Park, Wellington
Saturday 12 January, 2013
Darren Cheriton (5)
Brian Shelley (16)
Roy Krishna (57)
Roy Krishna (74)
Halftime: 1-1 Referee: Campbell-Kirk Waugh Crowd: 212
by David Cross at David Farrington Park
The defeat leaves the capital men six points adrift of a playoff spot, a gap that requires Team Wellington to start winning football matches.
Wellington’s has history of starting games slowly and this was no different when Waitakere defender Brian Shelley scored off a corner after just six minutes.
The home side replied ten minutes later when Luke Rowe’s well struck shot from outside the box deflected off teammate Darren Cheriton, and left a helpless Danny Robinson stranded in goal.
Despite Wellington controlling much of the second-half possession, it was Waitakere who made the most of theirs and were deadly on the counter attack.
And it was the Fijian flyer who nosed the visitors in front on 57 minutes.
Krishna picked up the ball on the wing and used his pace to go around Wellington defender Tom Doyle before tapping in his own rebound after Scott Basalaj saved his initial shot.
Wellington couldn’t find a reply and Waitakere wrapped things up when Ryan De Vries found himself with time on the wing to place a perfect cross into the box for Krishna to head in on 74 minutes.
Team Wellington’s coach Matt Calcott was frustrated his side couldn’t stick with the league leaders and says the goals were a result “of the same stuff every week.”
“It’s the same stuff, we’re switching off from set-pieces. We’re switching off when the ball is in wide areas and we’re just not opening up our bodies,” said Calcott.
“I keep saying it but it doesn’t seem to get stuck with individuals that they need to do these things.
“I wouldn’t say it was a lack of effort today, I thought we worked hard, but we’ve just got to be smarter at times," Calcott said.
Calcott believes that a better start to games has been a recent focus for his team.
“We’ve had a good look in training at videos and all the criteria that goes into starting games.
“I didn’t think we started too bad today. It’s just that one moment where we switched off and conceded from a set-piece.
“I thought we controlled possession well against the league leaders but I mean at the end of the day, 3-1 is 3-1," Calcott reflected.
Wellington has scored eight goals in their seven games this season, but Calcott believes firepower is the piece missing from getting his side needed victories.
“We probably need a little bit more punch up the top.
“I think we’re not too bad defensively, we probably just need to add that cutting edge in-front of goal because we’re just not getting that," he said.
The three points has opened up a seven point gap between leaders Waitakere and second place Canterbury United who host Auckland tomorrow.
Paul Marshall was happy with the victory, but says the windy weather made things hard.
“It was tough - the wind was a huge factor in the game and didn’t allow either team to get the ball down and play the football that I know Wellington like to play, and we certainly like to play,” Marshall said.
“Second half we got a little bit better and got the ball down forcing the play on a little bit more, but I think playing into the wind was easier than playing with it, so they had that problem in the second half," he added.
Wellington pressed for an equaliser in the second half, but Marshall was content with the way his side not only shut them out, but also finished off the game with the third goal.
“It was a big plus for us [holding them out] and at half-time it was obvious that it was going to be a bit of a battle no matter what,” Marshall said.
“To hold out and nick those two goals in the second half - and maybe we should have scored a few more it was very pleasing," he added.
Team Wellington, last season’s beaten finalists, are now a whopping seven points adrift from a playoff position and face a win-or-bust trip away to Canterbury United next.
Waitakere will continue their road trip next week traveling to play a resurgent Waikato FC who are tied with Wellington on six points.
With the West Aucklanders undefeated in eight competitive matches, and a trophy already in the cabinet, a tilt at an unpredecented fourth ASB Premiership title in a row looks very much on track.
1- Scott BASALAJ (GK)
1- Danny ROBINSON (GK)
2- Tim SCHAEFFERS
4- Tim MYERS (off 79)
4- Darren CHERITON
5- Brian SHELLEY
7- Wiremu PATRICK (off 73)
6- Matt CUNNEEN
9- Cory CHETTLEBURGH (off 80)
8- Chad COOMBES
10- Henry FA'ARODO
10- Allan PEARCE (off 80)
13- Karl WHALEN
12- Roy KRISHNA
18- Tom DOYLE
15- Salesh KUMAR
20- Luke ROWE (off 90)
17- Jake BUTLER (c)
21- Justin GULLEY
20- Ryan de VRIES
22- Hamish WATSON
18- Sam MATTHEWS
25- Daniel CLARKE (GK)
25- Alex CARR (GK)
3- Jamie DUNCAN (on 73)
3- Jack BEGUELY (on 79)
5- Andy DAMGAARD
11- Luiz del MONTE (on 80)
19- Tom BISS (on 80)
21- Dylan STANSFIELD
24- Alec SOLOMONS (on 90)
24- Milos NIKOLIC
=2 yellow cards
= red card
Play by Play
The players are about to to walk out on a stunning Farrington field. Wind is up, Jonathan Gould has his Phoenix training kit on and a clipboard and we're all set to go.
...and we're off. Team Wellington attacking the clubrooms end.
de Vries vs Whalen on the right already looking like a good battle. De vried getting the points this time before Schaeffers lumps it out for a corner.
GOAL Waitakere Brian Shelley heads in the corner.
Team Wellington try the same move at the other end but Fa'arodo can't quite beat Myers and it goes for a goal kick.
Coombes with a shot from the edge of the area but Schaeffers gets a foot to it and it goes for a corner. The corner is long and collected but put into the side netting.
Team Wellington with some nice passing but a foul hands possession back to Waitakere.
Team Wellington almost break but the pass is held a second to long allowing Cuneen to recover from being turned. The resulting throw is wasted.
Waitakere on the break this time but Doyle snuffs out the attack from Pearce.
Team Wellington score. The ball is played back by Fa'arodo and Rowe hits a powerful volley that hits Darren Cheriton and possibly a Waitakere player leaving Robinson stranded. We're giving it to Cheriton but it could go to any one of three players.
Fa'arodo on the break, shoots just wide.
Free kick wide left from Waitakere, Pearce gets a good head but at the same time as Schaeffers and despite Basalaj's best efforts it goes for a corner. The corner ends up in the back of the net but there is a free kick for a push on a defender by Cuneen.
Team Wellington break with two men but squander the chance with a poor ball from Watson.
Coombes whips in a threatening ball from the left and Krishna goes in hard on Basalaj who holds the ball. Krishna sees yellow.
Wellington look okay on the break but fall apart in the inal third. This time the ball from Wiremu Patrick is delayed, Fa'arodo collects but is called offside. 'close' decision.
Good period for the home side. Gulley makes spaces, crosses in, it's cleared as far as Rowe who rides two challenges and puts in a good cross which somehow comes of Watsons hip, Gulley tries to loop it back in to the edge of the area before physical defending clears it for the visitors.
Another 'interesting' offside call in the Waitakere area. This time Schaeffers from a dangerous free kick.
Waitakere meanwhile break of the back of a poor defensive header but Doyle gets back to make a good stop as Krishna puts the ball back across.
Waitakere now on the attack. Pearce breaks and has space shoots but Basalaj stretches and puts it over. The corner is threatening but Waitakere can't muster a shot.
de Vries break runs around Schaeffers but Scheffers comes again with a last ditch tackle. The corners bounces around the area but is cleared
Pearce breaks again shoots long but just over.
Cheriton with a good break, plays Watson wide who forces a sharp save out of Robinson to push it wide.
Threatening run from Krishna but he's crowded out at the last minute. team Wellington look to push forward but Butler fouls Patrick in transition and the yellow is out of the pocket like a pop-up toaster. Yellow for Butler.
Chances at both ends to finish the half. Basalaj pulls out a good save at one end and Team Wellington can't quite complete a chance at the other end.
And we're off in the 2nd half after the longest half time break in history.
Waitakere with the ball in the attacking half, Coombes has a speculator from the edge of the area about 60 feet in the air but easily taken by Basalaj.
Gulley in the book. Foul on de Vries about 30 yards out breaking up an attack.
Waitakere attack, well timed pass from Krishna to Myers but Fa'arodo appears out of nowhere to put the ball out and save a risky situation.
Waitakere in the area again. de Vries turns and stitches up Whalen but Schaeffers gets a foot to it and Wiremu Patrick clears.
Then the other end Fa'arodo shoots from wide and forces a sharp save from Robinson.
Waitakere attack, Myers is played in wide and this time the 'call' is onside and he shoots forcing Basalaj to get down at the near post.
From the corner Shelley again wins the header but glances it well wide.
Krishna beats the defence wide and goes around Doyle. He shoots and Basalaj saves with his feet. Krishna picks up the deflection and calmly finishes.
Collision in the Waitakere area between Cuneen and Gulley. Referee Waugh has words with Gulley.
Waitakere in the area again. Great ball plays Pearce in but pearces first touch takes him away and he can't get it back in.
Team Wellington's turn for a shot ball played back to Watson but his shot is deflected for a corner, taken short and Robinson picks up the cross.
A couple of chances for Wiatakere. de Vries along the byline beats two men but the ball sneaks out. Then they are crowded out on the edge of the area and Coombes scuffs his shot easy for Basalaj to hold.
de Vries has a go from outside the area and it's just over.
Team Wellington's turn to attack. they bring the ball across the area and Kumar is deemed to have fouled Gulley. Free kick 20 yards out right on the angle. Rowes free kick is a little to low and hits the wall.
Cheriton has a speculator from 30 yards out and it's swining around forcing a save out of Robinson before Cuneen puts it out for the corner. Again Team Wellington go short and it's poor.
Wiremu Patrick off Jamie Duncan on.
GOAL - Krishna. de Vries in too much space looks up and drops a perfect ball on the head of Krishna who gets his second.
Okay, we'll own up to the fact that we missed who it was. The gorund announcer called it as Justin Gulley but as he's still on the pitch we suspect not.
Doyle picks up the ball in the circle nand has not options so he pushes forward on the left and Krishna has to track back and fouls him just outside the area. Free kick from Rowe is easily taken by Robinson.
Jack Beguely on for Tim Myers
Pearce off for del Monte for Waitakere. Chettlebugh has pulled up injured and is replaced by Biss - SUB.
Rowe is down injured and at the time Waitak take the opportunity to replace Krishna with the number 25 who clearly isn't Carr. Maybe Dylan Stansfield? Now we're thinking Nikolic...
Corner Waitakere and it's got a great curve on it from del Monte but sails just over Basalaj's crossbar.
Team Wellington readying a sub with Rowe for Solomons. There will be a battle over whether they get it done before the final whistle. ...and the change is made. SUB.
The game finishes with a cross from Coombes but the 25 can't get to it and Basalaj takes it. A better display from the home side than some pre=Xmas but still not the result the staff will want.