ASB Premiership - Round 8
ASB Football Park, Christchurch
Sunday 13 January, 2013
Scorers Barton 14'
Feneridis 26' Koprivcic 52' Tade 79
Halftime: 1-1 Referee: Issac Trevis Crowd: 600
by John Donnachie at ASB Football Park
The Aucklanders move into second on the ASB Premiership table, behind champions Waitakere, after second half goals from Daniel Koprivcic and substitute Emiliano Tade secured the points.
Coach, Ramon Tribulietx, was delighted with the win, but admitted his team had struggled to get going. “It took us a while to get control of the game. We did not have the situation or position, so we could not create goal-scoring opportunities,” he said.
Tribulietx though, was pleased with how his team recovered, and said they had hoped to soak up the pressure from a determined Dragons side.
“We imposed our style in the end. They did press us for the first half. But we knew they would not be able to sustain that for 90 minutes. It was a matter of taking control and being patient, and trusting the way we play.”
The Dragons, missing captain Dan Terris after he picked up a calf knock, got off to a flyer following a lively opening. Forward,Andrew Barton, netted his first goal of the season, heading home, after Aaron Clapham pitched in a great delivery to the far post.
The visitors, Auckland, struggled to get their rhythm going as the Dragons pressed high up the field, forcing them into uncharacteristic mistakes with the loss of possession in their own half.
However, against the run of play, City equalized when the impressive Alex Feneridis rose majestically to head home a looping Corrales free-kick, beyond an unguarded Dragons goalkeeper, Adam Highfield.
Just before the interval, Highfield had to be alert to tip over a goal-bound header from Chris Bale, as the Aucklanders began to prevail in the midfield and win more possession.
The Dragons weaknesses in the air at the back, were further exposed just after the break, when Daniel Koprivcic latched onto a loose ball following a cross which was not cleared. He scored, side-footing home easily from close-in.
Darren White did bring a good save out of Auckland keeper Tamati Williams soon after, with a pile driver from inside the box. But the reality is Canterbury offered little else as an attacking force.
Their first half exploits shutting down the Aucklanders had clearly caught up with them.
Substitute Emiliano Tade, put the game beyond Canterbury when he flashed a header into bottom far corner after some rather poor marking from a free-kick out by the touchline.
Dragons coach, Keith Braithwate, was gracious in defeat but lamented the defensive lapses that the visitors benefited from.
“We have been beaten by a team which is a very good footballing side. We made mistakes and they punished them. The third goal - a free header. The second goal, people getting the wrong side - we just got punished.”
Braithwate felt the holiday break had not helped. It's a big ask having a month's break..They (Auckland) have been playing Club World Cup and professional sides so they are naturally fit. It's a hard ask.”
22. Adam Highfield
12. Tamati Williams
4. Nick Wortelboer
5. Angel Berlanga
5. Tom Schwarz
22. Andrew Mllne
7. Darren White
15.Ivan Vicelich (cpt)
8. Aaron Clapham(cpt)
8. Chris Bale
9. Russell Kamo
13. Alex Feneridis
12. Andrew Bartonsub Yamamoto ON
16. Albert Riera
14. Josh Smith OFF Murphy ON 70mins
17. Pedro Garcia
15. Julyan Collett
10. Luis Corrales sub Browne ON 52 mins
16. Ashley Wellbourn'SUB Knox ON
11. Daniel Koprivcic
19. Louie Bush
9. Manuel ExpositoSUB Tade ON 70mins
1. Tom Batty(RGK)
6. Chris Murphy
21. David Browne
11. Michael Fifii
2. Simon Arms
13. Nathan Knox
20. Emiliano Tade
20. Ken Yamamoto
18. Damien Hirst
=2 yellow cards
= red card
Play by Play
Welcome to ASB Football Park in Christchurch for this Round 8 ASB Premiership fixture between Canterbury United and Auckland City. Both teams are in the hunt for coveted playoff positions and a win for either side will only serve to strengthen their title credentials - can the Dragons topple the navy blues? Stick around to find out..! Conditions overcast and warm pre-match. Dragons captain Dan Terris, is out with a calf strain. New signing Nathan Knox starts from the bench. Unusual sight here today- A large group of visiting supporters here- Auckland City fans, making some noise too!
Únderway-Andrew BARTON threatens with a run an cross - ball eventually cleared by Auckland defence.
CORNER CANTY- White swings it over but ball cleared and Auckland counter-attack with Wortelboer making last-ditch tackle on Auckland's CORRALES as he prepares to shoot at goal.
Lively opening- both sides intent on attacking
KAMO-CANTY sets up WHITE with diagonal pass to edge of box- but his shot skews over the bar.
CORNER CANTY-But again WHITE'S delivery comes to nothing
CANTY GOAL- CLAPHAM PICKS OUT ANDREW BARTON WITH A DEEP CROSS HE HAS A FREE HEADER WHICH HE DISPTCHES INTO THE TOP CORNER.
Canty winning those all important midfield tussles at the moment
FENERIDIS AUCK- almost plays in CORRALES with a slide rule pass, but ball runs out of play
AUCK KEEPER-WILLIAMS just boots ball out of play-illustrates the pressure Auckland are under in their own half
AUCK enjoying more possesion in around CANTY box.
'GOAL AUCK- CORRALES LOOPING CROSS TO FAR POST FINDS FENERIDIS WHO RISES TO HEAD HOME .
'Stunned the home crowd that Auckland equalizer- Cantý defence not clearing their lines around the 18 yard box
WORTELBOER CANTY- BOOKED FOR CHALLENGE ON CORRALES
Now BARTON CANTY BOOKED for late tackle in midfield
Auckland looking lot more comfortable now. And CORRALES a constant menance to CANTY defence
KOPRICVIC and BALE combine and open up CANTY rearguard but BALE'S shot blocked by CANTY'S keeper HIGHFIELD
CANTY'S WORTELBOER makes great run through the midfield - passes to WELLBOURN who keeps his balance under pressure but his shot saved by WILLIAMS
FREE-KICK-AUCK 30 YARDS OUT- centre of field- GARCIA takes it and BALE forces HIGHFIELD into fingertip save over the bar. Resultant corner comes to nothing-HALFTIME
No changes at the interval. Early chance for Auckland CLAPHAM AND SCHWARZ mix up leads to EXPOSITO shooting tamely at HIGHFIELD 15 yards out.
CANTY'S CLAPHAM FREEKICK forces WILLIAMS IN AUCK GOAL into a hurried punched save,
Patient AUCK buildup finishes with FENERIDIS shooting just over from edge ofbox.
Great work from AUCK'S RIERA sets up MILNE whose swerving drive from 20 yards out beats HIGHFIELD but misses by inches
GOAL- KOPRICVIC- TURNS AND STEERS THE BALL HOME FROM 6 YARD BOX AFTER SOME UNCONVINCING CANTY DEFENCE.
GREAT SAVE BY WILLIAMS from WHITE piledriver from 15 yards out.
Now Now.. altercation in AUCK half- CLAPHAM & SCHWARZ BOOKED. They are joined by Senor EXPOSITO.
AUCK SUB- CORRALES OFF AND BROWNE ON
Match getting bogged down in the midfield- as both teams try to gain the ascendancy
AUCKS continuing to press with their patient build-up using all the field.
AUCK SUB-EXPOSITO OFF- TADE ON. For CANTY SMITH OFF- MURPHY ON
CANTY SUB BARTON OFF YAMAMOTO ON
AUCK CORNER- GARCIA delivery eventually cleared
AUCK'S TADE brings great save out of HIGHFIELD from close-in after wriggling clear of his marker
AUCK FORCE TWO CORNERS but CANTY defence clear each time with ease
CANTY SUB- WELLBOURN OFF KNOX ON
GOAL AUCK-FREE-KICK FROM NEAR TOUCHLNE SWUNG IN AND SUB TADE RISES TO HEAD HOME DOWN LOW INSIDE FAR POST
Another dangerous GARCIA freekick just cleared by CANTY defence at second attempt
CANTY looking tired- and Auckland look likely everytime they pour forward in numbers
All the hard pressing in the first half has caught up with the Dragons- all Auckland now.
Canty need a miracle- meanwhile the auckland fans continue their celebrations in front of the media area!
Points safely in the bag for the Aucklanders- Canty look devoid of ideas