ASB Premiership - Round 9
Porritt Stadium, Hamilton
Sunday 20 January, 2013
Sunny Singh 60'
Allan Pearce 10', '27, 83', Brian Shelley 17', Chad Coombes 18', Roy Krishna 21', 85', 90', Ryan De Vries 23'
Halftime: 6-0 Referee: Peter O'Leary Crowd: 439
by Niall Anderson at Porritt Stadium
1. Matt Upton
1. Danny Robinson
5. Eder Franchini (sub off 75')
2. Aaron Scott
6. Sam Jasper
4. Timothy Myers (sub off 55')
9. Rory Turner
5. Brian Shelley
10. Mark Jones
6. Matt Cunneen
11. Jack Hobson-McVeigh (sub off 55')
8. Chad Coombes (sub off 69')
18. Alexi Caroama Varela
10. Allan Pearce
19. Dave Parkinson
12. Roy Krishna
21. Raymond How
17. Jake Butler
23. Hone Fowler (c)
18. Sam Mathews (sub off 75')
25. Jordan Shaw (sub off 55')
20. Ryan De Vries
8. Robbie Greenhalgh (sub on 75')
21. Dylan Stansfield
13. Jesse Smith (sub on 55')
23. Masaki Nimoto (sub on 69')
15. Van Ewert
25. Milos Nikolic (sub on 75')
7. Sunny Singh (sub on 55')
28. Alex Carr (RGK)
Jason Mann (RGK)
15. Salesh Kumar (sub on 55')
=2 yellow cards
= red card
Play by Play
It's another scorcher here at Porritt Stadium for this Round 9 ASB Premiership clash between Waikato FC and Waitakere United. Waitakere sit atop the table, having only conceded five goals all season, while Waikato are on a winless streak at home going back several seasons. It would take a mammoth performance to stop that streak today, but with a new core of players Waikato will have the advantage of unpredictability.
Waikato get the game underway, going from right to left from the view in the commentary position. Waitakere snuff out their early attack, an enterprising start from Waikato.
Looks like Waikato are playing in a 4-4-2 formation, a change from their usual tactics, with Varela playing further forward in support of Turner, while Jones and Shaw provide support from the wings.
Mark Jones motors down the sideline and is scathed down by Matt Cuneen, the correct decision from referee O'Leary
Butler puts through Pearce, who gets goal-side of Parkinson and through on goal, but his touch is far too heavy and Upton can collect, a huge waste of an opportunity.
Waikato scramble away a Waitakere attack and Coombes' shot is blocked.
A goalmouth scramble! Krishna gets his shot past Upton but Parkinson is there to clear it off the line, players dive in everywhere for the rebound and eventually the ball is hoofed clear.
GOAL! AND WHAT A GOAL! Allan Pearce is given far too much time and he curls a ripper into the top corner from 30 yards, Upton didn't move, he's furious at the defending but a dive was lacking, 1-0 Waitakere!
Krishna fires a cross along the face of the goal, De Vries falls over at the back post with an open goal, he gets up to attempt an audacious backheel but Jasper is on the line to clear!
Cleared off the line again! Myers meets Coombes' header is headered onto the crossbar by Franchini, goal-line technology would have been needed to adjudicate! Waikato hack it clear.
GOAL! Upton gets his bearings all muddled up from a corner and from the loose ball Brian Shelley smacks it home on his right peg. 2-0.
GOAL! Oh it's 3! Allan Pearce's shot can only be parried by Upton, the ball gets played back across the area for Coombes to slot home, flashbacks to the Phoenix eminate.
GOAL! The rout is on! Hobson-McVeigh's back pass to How isn't dealt with, Krishna stumbles his way around Upton but keeps his composure to slot home past the despairing dive of Parkinson, this is getting out of hand!
GOAL! Somebody bring out the record book! Krishna's back-heel sets up Scott down the right, his low cross was adroitly flicked in at the near post by De Vries.
Finally Waikato have a chance, Rory Turner gets the ball on the left and cuts back inside, his shot from outside the area flies up and away.
GOAL! Oh my, it's 6, Krishna crosses from the right, Pearce goes in behind the defence to tap it home, he won't score an easier one, is double digits on the cards?
Krishna is involved in everything, his shot flashes just over the bar from outside the area. We're on track for 18-0 at this rate, phenomenal.
A good run from Sam Mathews results in him being brought down by Raymond How, who goes into the book.
Coombes directs a well-placed header towards goal but Upton makes a good fingertip save, and then gathers Krishna's shot from the resulting corner.
Myers gets played in after a long run from the back, he gets brought down in the box, O'Leary waves away the shouts for a penalty.
Krishna absolutely skins Fowler for pace, his shot rolls right across the face of the goal but just wide!
Well, what can you say? An absolute masterclass has been on display from Waitakere in the first half, Waikato have no response to the all out attack of United. Will records tumble in the second half? Or will Waikato come out fighting? We'll be back for the second half to find out.
A decent crowd is out in force today, the travelling Waitakere faithful will be enjoying this display, while even the staunchest of Waikato supporters will have to admire the skill on show.
And we are back, will Waikato be able to restrict the damage, or can Waitakere run riot and break records?
Waikato are growing understandably frustrated, bookings might be in store for the second half.
Six goals in the first 27 minutes, none in the following 27, as Krishna's shot is palmed into the side netting by Upton. You can't accuse Waikato with a lack of effort.
SUBSTITUTES - A mass of substitutes flood on to the field, Singh and Smith come on for Waikato, replacing Shaw and Hobson-McVeigh, while Myers makes way for Kumar for Waitakere.
Upton parries away yet another Krishna shot, from the rebound Krishna hits the outside of the post, unlucky for the Fijian.
Varela is in the book for what must have been dissent, as he wasn't involved in any action.
GOAL! Waikato find the back of the net! Turner plays a great ball through and it's a calm finish from the debutant Singh. This game is getting more and more like the the Phoenix by the minute, 7-1 may still happen.
Pearce barges his way through on goal, but contrives to stuff up a great one-on-one opportunity, his shot is in the side-netting.
And again! Pearce gets saved by Upton after good build-up, the ball rebounds right back to him and he balloons it over the bar.
Jones provides an inch-perfect cross for Turner who just can't quite get on the end of it, Waikato continue to attack.
SUBSTITUTE - It's the new boy Nimoto coming on for Coombes.
Unsurpisingly to all followers of Waikato football, it's Mark Jones into the book for a crude tackle on Kumar.
Krishna gets around Upton but his curling shot is saved by a sprawling Fowler, who looks to have headered the ball clear a foot from the ground, a committed block.
SUBSTITUTES - All 6 have now been used by the coaches, former Waikato player Nikolic is on for Mathews, and Greenhalgh makes his way onto the park, replacing Franchini.
The Waikato FC defenders combine in attack, Jasper's cross is met by a bullet diving header from Fowler, Robinson makes a rare save.
Singh is proving to be the world's fastest Indian, getting in behind Cuneen, his shot is saved by Robinson. He's been the spark for the Waikato side.
Brilliant save! Upton tips De Vries' shot over the crossbar after a one-two with Pearce.
GOAL! As predicted, it's 7-1! Another Waitakere corner isn't cleared, Pearce fires home on the turn for what must be roughly his 1,297th ASB Premiership hat-trick.
GOAL! Parkinson loses out on a challenge in midfield, Nikolic breaks down the left, draws out Upton then squares it to Krishna who fires in it so hard that it bounces straight back out, 8-1 and that must be close to a record.
GOAL! Krishna collects a hat-trick too, his shot is deflected home, Waitakere are on cloud nine.
O'Leary ends Waikato's misery, a true trouncing here today, more to come in the game wrap.