Hawke's Bay United
ASB Premiership - Round 9
Memorial Park, Palmerston North
Sunday 20 January, 2013
Seule SOROMON 74'
Dakota LUCAS 3'
Cole PEVERLEY 15'
Sean LOVEMORE 19', 45'
Jarrod SMITH 21'
Halftime: 0-5 Referee: M Benischke Crowd:
by Matt Barnes at Memorial Park
The result means the Bay open a four-point gap over fourth-placed Canterbury United on the table while also keeping the pressure on Auckland City and Waitakere United above them.
For Manawatu, though, the loss keeps them rock bottom of the ASB Premiership and even though next week will see the return from suspension of Tom Mosquera, Alex Rufer and Dale Higham, they lose the influential Nathan Cooksley after he collected two yellow cards in the match.
It was a game that was over as a contest within the first quarter as goals from Dakota Lucas, Jarrod Smith, Sean Lovemore and a 20-yard top-corner stunner from Cole Peverley put the result beyond doubt.
There was time for Lovemore to add a second, his ninth goal of the season, before half-time and leave Hawke’s Bay with a commanding 5-0 lead at the break.
The Bay strike force has been much-vaunted and, on the strength of this match, deservedly so. With only eight attempts on goal in the first half, they found the net five times with the full gamut of goals from perfectly-placed side-footed efforts to headers to Peverley’s unstoppable drive.
For coach Chris Greatholder, it was reward for a key point of focus in training.
“Against Waikato last week we had 24 shots and only scored four goals,” said Greatholder. “So, one of the things we’ve been banging on during the week is the quality of our finishing.”
“It was great to see the ball hitting the back of the net as often as it did and with the quality it did, as well.”
Manawatu had looked dangerous in their mid-week 3-1 Phoenix Challenge win, but against a backline marshalled by the dominant figure of Bill Robertson they were reduced to long range efforts in the first stanza.
They pushed more players forward in the second half, finally getting a reward in the 74th minute. The tall figure of Khair Jones, barely on the field a minute, made it to the bye-line on the left and then cut across goal before pulling it back to Seule Soromon to coolly slot home.
It was little more than a consolation goal, but Soromon has been impressive in recent outings for Manawatu and is one of the few players to emerge from the last two matches with reputation intact.
If Manawatu are in disarray, they will get no respite next week as they face the toughest fixture on the ASB Premiership calendar with an away match against champions and league leaders Waitakere United.
Hawke’s Bay have a critical match as they host Auckland City at Bluewater Stadium where a win would see them take second spot on the league ladder as the Premiership heads into the business end of the season. With peformances like today’s, they look the side with the best chance of breaking the traditional Waitakere/Auckland hold over the title.
1- Matt BORREN (GK)
1- Richard GILLESPIE (GK)
2- Liam HIGGINS
2- Aaron JONES
3- Wade RANDLE
5- Bill ROBERTSON (c)
4- Kade SCHRIJVERS
6- Stephen HINDMARCH
8- Nathan COOKSLEY
8- Cole PEVERLEY
9- Seule SOROMON
9- Jarrod SMITH
10- Adam COWAN (c)
16- Sean LOVEMORE
14- Tyson BRANDT
17- Fergus NEIL
15- Billy SCOTT
18- Dakota LUCAS
17- Jordan MARTENS
20- Conor TINNION
20- Sam REDWOOD
21- Matt BRUIN
19- Ben WILKES (GK)
26- Danyon DRAKE (GK)
13- Michael FRASER
3- Josh MARGETTS
21- Khair JONES
10- Stephen HOYLE
22- Grant ROBSON
12- Harley RODEKA
22- Angus KILKOLLY
=2 yellow cards
= red card
Play by Play
It's a lovely sunny day here in Palmerston North for this clash between Youngheart Manawatu and Hawke's Bay United. The temperature is expected to get to 24 degrees, but there is a light breeze blowing, so it is unlikely player fatigue will be a factor.
Manawatu come into this game on a horror run of defeats, culminating in a chaotic red card-littered loss to fellow cellar-dwellers Otago last week. They will have gotten come confidence, however, from an impressive 3-1 win midweek over the Wellington Phoenix 'A' in the Phoenix Challenge. Against a side boasting the likes of Ifill, Smith, Moss, Muscat and Hogg, Youngheart dominated for long periods showing a level of possession and control that has been mostly absent in their ASB Premiership campaign so far.
Amongst the stand-outs on that day were defensive lynchpin Kade Schrijvers and goalkeeper Matt Borren and it is likely both will need to repeat that form today as they line up against one of the most menacing attacking lines in the league.
Hawke's Bay boast internationals Jarrod Smith and Dakota Lucas alongside Sean Lovemore, who needs only one goal today to take a clear lead in the golden boot race over Manawatu's Tom Mosquera. Mosquera himself is not on deck today as one of three players out through suspension after the carnage against Otago.
For Hawke's Bay, this borders on being a 'must win' match. They are part of a top four play-off group that has made a break on the rest of the field and they will be desperate for three points here to consolidate their position and really put the pressure on chasers like Team Wellington.
For the Bay, Danny Wilson is overseas getting married so Josh MARGETTS comes into the side onto the bench to start with.
The players are out on the field now and we're just about ready for kick-off. The sun is shining, the pitch looks in excellent shape - conditions really are perfect for a great game of football. Let's hope the two teams oblige.
And we're underway! It is Manawatu kicking off, playing away from the city end. They will have the benefit of a light breeze in the first half.
GOAL! A mistake by COOKSLET in midfield and Hawke's Bay pounce - SMITH puts Dakota LUCAS through and the U-23 international makes no mistake, playing it in to the bottom corner of the net past the onrushing BORREN. Just the start the bay would have been wanting.
It's a pretty physical start to the match, both sides looking to impose themselves. Hawke's Bay definitely look the more relaxed, which is unsurprising given their early lead.
SOROMON gets it some 25 yards out and turns before hitting a speculator that soars well over the bar.
Captain ROBERTSON is very vocal in marshalling his backline as they easily defuse another Manawatu raid.
LUCAS charges away down the left touchline, but SCHRIJVERS swoops on him and deflects the ball away, bouncing off the diminutive striker for a Manawatu throw.
COWAN runs at the heart of the Hawke's Bay defence, but his 20-yard effort is harmlessly wide.
SMITH tries to get in behind the Manawatu defence, but pressure from REDWOOD means he has to hurry his attempted lob and it is well high and wide.
GOAL! 2-0! Cole PEVERLEY collects the ball centre-field some 20 plus yard out, but he absolutely rifles a screamer into the top-right corner of the net. What a strike!
Hawke's Bay passing it around with a bit of swagger now. They've only had two real shots and two goals. Talk about your dream start.
GOAL! LOVEMORE makes it three! A cross from the right from PEVERLEY is only half-clared and the golden boot frontrunner popped up around the penalty spot to hammer it home.
GOAL! It's four now! A deep cross from TINNION is met at the far post by SMITH, who headers down into the deck and it bounces up into the roof of the Manawatu net. This is Phoenix-esque defending.
Looks like Jarrod SMITH has picked up a knock and it's an early substitution with Harley RODEKA coming on and into the right wing spot. He gets a touch straight away, but his right foot shot goes across the face of Matt BORREN's goal.
Manawatu are making a change, too. Billy SCOTT makes way for Grant ROBSON.
Manawatu are gamely trying to push forward, with a cross from COWAN sweeping across the face of goal. When these teams met in Napier, Hawke's Bay jumped out to a 4-0 lead there, too, but Youngheart came back to score two and press for more. They'll need that spirit again today and then some.
Is Bill ROBERTSON the loudest player in the ASB Premiership? Who needs a commentator - you can probably hear him from wherever you're reading this, just open your window.
RODEKA puts TINNION into space in the Manawatu box, but he scuffs his shot and BORREN stoops to collect. The ball goes straight up the other end and COWAN charges forward to hit a shot straight at GILLESPIE in the Bay goal. The Manawatu captain looks up for the fight, trying to lead his side from the front.
Captain meets captain as an elbow from ROBERTSON on COWAN in a midfield airborne challenge leads to a Manawatu free kick. COWAN himself takes it, but SCHRIJVERS flick-header is over the bar by some margin.
Booking for Tyson BRANDT in the centre circle. COWAN has words with the referee, but I don't think there's any likelihood of a change of mind.
Manawatu coach Stu Jacobs has a problem. The midfield struggles without COOKSLEY in there, but when he does take the centre-mid spot, the defence looks disorganised. I guess the plan was to groom the likes of Alex RUFER, but he is missing with suspension, so COOKSLEY is into the midfield and the defence looks awfully brittle.
Manawatu are bombing balls into the box, but they're not finding a green head. Bay keeper GILLESPIE and his backline look at ease in getting them clear without any gaps opening.
TINNION runs into the Manawatu box and goes over, the whistle blows...and it's a booking for the Bay man for simulation.
GOAL! A wayward pass from BORREN is pounced on and squared to LOVEMORE who seemingly does everything to not score it. The apparently-empty goal is suddenly filled by the returning BORREN, who saves and drives LOVEMORE wide, but the Hawke's Bay man turns back inside and finally slots into the net.
Yellow for COOKSLEY for a foul on TINNION. Just to top off a horror half for Manawatu.
Mercifully for the home side, that's HALF-TIME. Hawke's bay came to Memorial Park hungry for three points and, barring an Old Testament-level miracle, will get them. They have been composed and willing to absorb pressure when need be, while the attack has looked absolutely lethal with their five goals coming from a total of only seven shots. What can Manawatu do? They look decent on the ball and have had their share of possession, but when they lose it they are susceptible on the break as they were against Otago. They'll need to shore up those holes and try to get more support to Soromon, who has looked pretty lonely up front sandwiched between the Bay central defenders.
Hawke's Bay kick-off to start the second period. They have an impressive home record this season, but this is definitely their best performance so far away. LOVEMORE must be eyeing a hat-trick as he now has nine goals from the season. One change for Manawatu at half-time, with Tyson BRANDT in the midfield making way for Michael FRASER.
Early corner for Hawke's Bay won by TINNION. RODEKA takes it, and it is headed clear but PEVERLEY rifles in a scorcher - but BORREN is equal to the occasion, tipping it around the post at full stretch. To top it off, he then comes out to claim the resulting corner, as well. Nice work by the Manawatu custodian.
ROBERTSON holds back SOROMON off the ball and receives a yellow card, despite his cry of, "Aww, what?!" echoing around the ground.
Hawke's Bay applying a lot of pressure in midfield and Manawatu, rushed, can't construct anything and are forced repeatedly to play backwards.
RANDLE gets away on the right and to the bye-line. He squares it on the deck to FRASER, whose shot under pressure it straight into the midriff of 'keeper GILLESPIE.
GILLESPIE comes out to clear, but hits it straight to SOROMON. Seule SOROMON hits it with his right, but a` diving GILLESPIE manages to get back in time to save.
Manawatu pressing consistently now. A corner from the right is launched in, but after a scramble, Hawke's Bay get it away to safety.
Now it's Hawke's Bay's turn for a corner. RODEKA sends it deep and Manawatu - in disarray - fail to clear convincingly. The ball spins out again to RODEKA, who sends a drive into low orbit.
RANDLE cuts into the box, but his left-foot shot is hooked wide of the near post.
SCHRIJVERS puts SOROMON through with a well-weighted pass but he can't quite wriggle free and has to settle for a corner. It is half-cleared to REDWOOD, whose drive hits a hand and it's a free-kick to Youngheart right on the edge of the box.
MARTENS takes it. He gets it around the wall, but GILLESPIE has his positioning spot-on and saves with ease.
Sub for the 'Bay with Stephen HOYLE coming on for the captain. ROBERTSON has been having words with the ref, so this may be a preventative measure with him already on a yellow.
SOROMON picks up a yellow card himself for a niggly challenge on the right touchline. Fairly unnecesary one, there.
A wee period of attack for United, there. But Manawatu are able to block everything through sheer numbers and desperation. JONES had the best of the moments, but his shot in the box was smothered by bodies.
Wade RANDLE makes way for Manawatu with Khair JONES taking his place in an attacking change.
GOAL! 5-1 now. JONES makes an immediate impact - his low cut back is trapped by SOROMON, who then coolly slots into the bottom corner of the net.
A low drive from the right from LUCAS is saved well by BORREN, parrying to safety.
Substitution for Hawke's Bay with Josh MARGETTS coming on for Matt BRUIN.
LOVEMORE surges into the Manawatu box through a crowd of bodies, but his shot is off-balance and BORREN stoops to save.
TINNION concedes a corner at the other end. MARTENS goes short to COWAN, whose cross finds SOROMON at the far post, but his header clangs off the post.
The recriminations are now in the Hawke's Bay camp. Where it was Youngheart snapping at each other earlier, now it's the men in black-and-white who seem anxious. They shouldn't be, though, given the scoreline. PEVERLEY tries to settle things with another of his long-range efforts, but this one is well over.
The game is opening up a little now, with some big spaces in midfield.
Red card! COOKSLEY stuck out a leg and it was a clumsy challenge - that's his second yellow and Manawatu will again lose a player next week through suspension.
SOROMON manages to wriggle free of the attentions of JONES, but can't quite get his shot under the diving GILLESPIE, who comes out well.
Corner time for Hawke's Bay. BORREN plucks it out of the air and the referee blows for FULL-TIME.
A comfortable win for the Bay and one that keeps them right up there in the play-off race. It was all done and dusted inside half-an-hour, but they kept composure and stayed careful throughout to ensure Manawatu could never mount any sort of comeback.