ASB Premiership - Round 9
ASB Football Park, Christchurch
Sunday 20 January, 2013
Wiremu Patrick 45'
Halftime: Referee: Mark Hester Crowd: 400
by John Donnachie at ASB Football Park
The visitors were inspired by new signing Luis Corrales, who terrorised the Canterbury defence with his deceptive pace and direct running.
The Costa Rican assisted in both Wellington goals. Just on half-time, he tangled with the Dragons Louie Bush inside the Canterbury box, and the referee Mark Hester adjudged he had been fouled.
From the resultant spot-kick, Wiremu Patrick comfortably converted. Then midway through the second half, Corrales added the second goal, after making a strong run into the Canterbury box. He held off a few challenges, before steering the ball home into the far corner passed Highfield in the Dragons goal.
Team Wellington coach, Matt Calcott, said his new signing was happy to come back to Christchurch two weeks running, after scoring last week for Auckland City.
Calcott also heaped praise on his team, and said their play-off dream was still alive.
Canterbury still stay fourth with a six point buffer, but the defeat is their third in a row at home, and there was little for red and black faithful to get excited about today.
Dragons coach Keith Braithwaite afterward, went so far to say, it was one of the worst performances under his tutelage.
Without playmaker Aaron Clapham, the Dragons lacked quality of delivery at set-pieces. Wide men, Darren White and Andrew Barton, who deputised in his absence, rarely troubled the visitors defence with their deliveries.
Both were substituted during the second half, as Braithwaite tried to breath fire into another listless home performance.
The Dragons defence looked uncomfortable throughout, and the early season confidence and assurance, is clearly dissipating under a dismal run of defeats.
A frustrated Braithwaite, admitted that his team have some soul searching do.
Best for the visitors, were the industrious Corey Chettleburgh, Wiremu Patrick and Luis Corrales.
For Canterbury, full-back Nick Wortelboer- who went off injured, forward Ashley Wellbourn, and goalkeeper Adam Highfield who had a great finger tip save in the first half.
22. Adam Highfield
1. Scott Balasaj
4. Nick Wortelboer
2. Tim Schaffers
5. Tom Schwarz
4. Darren Cheriton
6. Chris Murphy
7. Wiremu Patrick
7. Darren White
8. Adam McGeorge
9. Russell Kamo (cpt)
9. Cory Chettleburgh
12. Andrew Barton
10. Henry Faarodo
14. Josh Smith
13. Karl Whalen
15. Juylan Collett
15. Luis Corrales
16. Ashley Wellbourn
18. Tom Doyle
19. Louie Bush
24. Alec Solomons
1 Danny Knight (GK)
21. Justin Gulley
11. Michael Fifii
22. Hamish Watson
13. Nathan Knox
23. Tom Biss
20. Ken Yamamoto
25. Dan Clarke (GK)
24. Cory Mitchell
=2 yellow cards
= red card
Play by Play
Welcome to ASB Football Park in Christchurch for this ASB Premiership Round 9 and Gordon Cup clash between Canterbury United Dragons and Team Wellington. This is the first time the Gordon Cup has been up for grabs between these two sides in the ASB Premiership - the trophy was first played for between these provinces in 1954, a real slice of Kiwi football history. Conditions-breezy but warm and clear. Team Wellington youth took the honours in the curtain-raiser 4-2.
CANTY'S Wellbourn almost plays in White from edge of box
SCHWARZ BOOKED TAKES OUT CORRALES ON edge of box. Free-kick taken by CHETTLEBURGH comes to nothing.
WELLINGTON'S SOLOMONS BOOKED for late tackle in midfield. Wellington defence fail to clear WHITE freekick- WELLBOURN crosses and KAMO GETS SHOT which is beaten away by Basaiaj in visitors goal
WELLINGTON'S CORRALES causing CANTY defence problems with his pace
The visitors have corner- but CANTY defence deal with it easily
CANTY'S WELLBOURN makes great run from midfield. crosses from edge of box
but it is beyond everyone and rolls to safety
FREE-KICK WELLY- CHETTLEBURGH swings it in and home defence eventually
head it clear at third attempt
CANTY FREE-KICK visitors caught offside. But then WELLY quickly regain possession and MCGEORGE fires shot over from 25 yards out
CANTY putting some passes together in around visitors box
CORNERS CANTY-two in a row from WHITE - but WELLY hold out
More pressure from CANTY - but no penetration where it counts
FREE-KICK-WELLY- CHETTLEBURGH 20 yards out- comes to nothing initially- but then HIGHFIELD brings off great finger tip save round the post- Corner is scrambled clear
CORNER WELLY- SOLOMONS has free header but from 12 yards he misses the target- wide of post
WELLY dominating possession-FAARDO ghosts in at 6 yard box his shot hits the post - but referee HESTER gets call for OFFSIDE
CANTY living dangerously CORRALES always dangerous with probing runs in around CANTY box
CORNER WELLY - after CORRALES and CHETTLBURGH combine through midfield- the corner however is cleared
That's seven corners WELLY have forced but cant find the breakthrough
WELLY'S CORRALES is booked for late tackle on WHITE in midfield
ALMOST GOAL FOR CANTY!- WHITE FREE-KICK FINDS COLLETT WHO HEADS JUST INCHES WIDE
GOAL-WELLY- PATRICK SCORES FROM PENALTY SPOT- AFTER BUSH TANGLED WITH CORRALES WHO WAS RUNNING INSIDE CANTY BOX
1-0 TO WELLINGTON AT HALF-TIME
WELLY almost off to great re-start -PATRICK picks up loose ball in CANTY box 12 yards out but shoots just wide
CANTY CORNER- inswinging almost creeps in at far post but BALASAJ in WELLY GOAL parries away to safety. Meanwhile WHITE IS BOOKED after altercation with unsighted WELLY player who is also BOOKED
WELLY SUB THOMAS BERTSCH BOOKED for challenge on WHITE near corner flag. FREE-KICK from WHITE causes no problems and ball runs through to BALASAJ in WELLY goal
Almost goal for canty-WELLBOURN dispossess welly defender outside box crosses over but WELLY defender scrambles ball away for corner.
CANTY SUB- BARTON OFF YAMAMATO ON
Near thing COLLETT short with pass back- HIGHFIELD just intervenes in time. FREEKiCK WELLY-20 yards out FAARDO- taken out by MURPHY. PATRICK'S direct shot goes straight at HIGHFIELD who gathers at head height.
BALASAJ saves comfortably from WHITE's deep free-kick
CANTY- looking for some inspiration - missing CLAPHAM to pull the strings
GOAL CORRALES SCORES FOR WELLY- powers into box holds off canty defender and steers the ball away from HIGHFIED into far corner
CANTY in trouble- meanwhile WELLY SUB- MCGEORGE-OFF GULLY ON and CANTY SUB-WHITE OFF FIFII ON
Good run and cross from WELLY'S CHETTLEBURGH but the delivrey beats everyone and rolls out for goalkick
FREE-KICK CANTY outside WELLY box after YAMAMOTO is tripped. But free-kick hits the ball and is cleared
CANTY SUB WORTELBOER OFF KNOX ON
WELLY SUB CORRALES OFF WATSON ON
CANTY'S COLLETT on the ground in centre circle- gets up gingerly
WELLY SUB- PATRICK OFF BISS ON
CANTY not getting in the areas to threaten the visitors- another disappointing home performance
CORNER CANTY- YAMAMOTO'S corner is too strong and evades everyone goes out of play
CORNER WELLY - short corner comes to nothing- CANTY clear
Game winding down with CANTY on attack
GAME OVER- WELLINGTON WIN 2-0