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Otago United

Canterbury United


ASB Premiership - Round 10
Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
27 January 2013


Regan Coldicott 85'

 Ken Yamamoto 28' 75'
Ashley Wellbourn 33'
Andy Barton 68'



Halftime:   0-2                    Referee:  Campbell-Kirk Waugh                             Crowd:  300


Canterbury roast Otago in derby delight

by Rab Smith at Forsyth Barr Stadium

DUNEDIN - Canterbury United heaped derby misery on Otago United to move six points clear of playoff challengers Team Wellington today.

Desperate to arrest a run of recent defeats, Canterbury United put Otago United to the sword notching a 4-1 win over their southern rivals - their biggest victory over Otago away from home since the ASB Premiership began in 2004.

There was a ripple of interest when regular centreback Matt Joy was benched, but after weeks of being short of players, coach Richard Murray made his choice on current form.

The Otago team shape seemed sound initially, as both teams threw themselves into what is always a well contested derby match.

The key was always going to be how well each side used the possession it gained.

Striker Regan Coldicott's scoring form tempted longer passes to harness the Mosgiel striker's pace and finishing power.

But a Canterbury defence, based on centrebacks Tom Schwarz and Julyan Collett closed that avenue off.

The scampering skills of youngster Ken Yamamoto also tested Otago's resolve, and it was from a long floating switch of play by Louie Bush, that Yamamoto appeared unmarked and bulleted in a brilliant header to open the scoring after 28 minutes.

In derby matches the first goal is always crucial, and within minutes Canterbury doubled the damage as Ashley Wellbourne evaded two attempted tackles and drilled in a low shot that keeper Liam Little got a hand to, but could not prevent from trickling over Otago's goal line.

With Canterbury ahead 2-0, the match opened up.

Both sides used their trigger fingers as Yamamoto scared a few seagulls with a long range shot, before Otago's Aajay Cunningham hit a long floater that deceived Adam Highfield and clipped off Canterbury's crossbar.

As expected there were some crunching tackles.

One left Otago fullback Craig Ferguson was left in agony after one particular challenge. 

Then referee Campbell Kirk-Waugh waved on a tough tackle by Victor da Costa, before he possibly over reacted when Scott Gannon tackled All White Aaron Clapham who bounced back up apparently unharmed - but referee Kirk-Waugh brandished a red card and Gannon headed for an early shower.

It was to prove a turning point in proceedings.

Within two minutes Canterbury substitute Andy Barton scored with a shot drilled past keeper Little to make it 3-0.

The game was up for Otago seven minutes later after Little had to retrieve a cracking shot out of his net from Yamamoto who grabbed his second and Canterbury's fourth.

Ten man Otago dug deep and competed well in the sweltering heat and their labours didn't go unrewarded, Coldicott's shot on the run squeezing beyond Highfield on 85 minutes after good work by Cunningham, Burgess and Seamus Ryder.

Otago coach Richard Murray lamented the loss of Scott Gannon midway through the second half.

He said: "They were eventually too good for us on the day. After some tough tackles by both sides we were unlucky to lose Scott Gannon - with ten men we were always going to struggle."

"In recent matches we've had to make so many changes, and possibly that showed today, as many of our moves broke down due to the final pass," he added.

Canterbury coach Keith Braithwaite was beaming after the match, noting the contribution of his centre backs Schwarz and Collett, attacking aces Clapham and Kamo, and the two goals by Yamamoto that illuminated the match.

And he finished on a candid note.

"Otago have still to play Wellington - do us a favour and take some points from them, I would appreciate that, " he said.




Team Sheet

Otago United


Canterbury United

1. Liam LITTLE






8. Seamus RYDER

6. Chris MURPHY (Pitman  80')

9. Victor DA COSTA (Mepham 63')

7. Darren WHITE (Barton 63')

13. Scott GANNON

8. Aaron CLAPHAM

15. Tom CONNOR

9. Russell KAMO


15. Julyan COLLET

17. Tim HORNER

16. Ashley WELLLBOURN (72') 

21. Aaron BURGESS (Joy 72')

19. Louie BUSH

28. Craig FERGUSON (Ridden 82')




22. Zayne OFFICER

1. Tom BATTY

3. Geordie MANSFORD

11. Michael FIFI (72')

5. Matt JOY (72')

12. Andy BARTON (63')

14. Sam MEPHAM (63')

13. Nathan KNOX

20. Andy RIDDEN (82')

18. Andy PITMAN


=yellow card

=2 yellow cards

= red card

Play by Play


Hello and welcome to the Forsyth Barr Stadium here in Dunedin for the first time in 2013 for coverage of this Round Ten ASB Premiership fixture between Otago United and Canterbury United. ASB Youth League Curtain Raiser has just got underway here. Will bring you team news and a pitch report closer to the 3pm kickoff time.


Second half of the Youth League match has just got underway. No score as of yet in what is a pretty dire contest. Canterbury look to be the better team at this stage. 


Canterbury United come to Dunedin on the back of a three game losing streak which, if it continues, could see them at risk of slipping out of a playoff spot in coming weeks. The hosts however come into this game in a relative purple patch with 2 wins from thier last 4 games, both however, away from home.


Teams included above. One change to the 11 for the hosts from last weeks loss at Kiwitea. Geordie MANSFORD drops out to be replaced most probably by Craig FERGUSON, although is under a slight injury cloud. Canterbury United with 2 changes. Ken YAMAMOTO and Aaron CLAPHAM in, Josh SMITH and Andy BARTON out. Also kudos to both teams for having team lists available more than an hour before kickoff.


Also in the referees, what I believe is a league first, a 5th Official, Kenny Evans, joins the team as reserve AR, as 4th Official Berg is under an injury cloud of his own.


Fulltime in Youth game. Finishing Canterbury 1, Otago 0.


While Canterbury were too good earlier in the season, you have to go back to December 2009 at the now-retired Carisbrook as the last time Canterbury took the points in Dunedin. Otago taking the last 2 home fixtures, the 2010/11 fixture been highlighted by a 93rd minute Otago winner scored by new Dragons signing Nathan Knox.


Is this one of the last times we'll see Otago United ever? Comments in the programme suggest a name change "to reflect the Footballsouth area" could be on the cards. Feel free to offer your ideas on this on twitter via the ASB Premiership Twitter account: @ASBPremiership. May include some of the better ones on here. Of course, all comments, questions, criticisms (surely not) are welcome via that medium.


Stifling hot day in Dunedin. 21 degrees outside, I'd say at least 4 degrees hotter under the roof. And to make matters worse, the air conditioning in the media box, which I gleefully bragged about on twitter only a few weeks ago isn't working. Karma perhaps?


Otago lineup confirmed above. Craig FERGUSON will start as hoped.


Grass is short, pitch is flat and firm and has held up well given the Nitro Circus show here less than 48 hours ago, although some yellow patches are visible, especially on the South Stand side of the ground.


Teams entering now. Otago in blue with yellow trim, Canterbury in red and black stripes, referees in grey.


Canterbury win the toss. Choose to play towards the East. Otago to kickoff.


Otago kickoff.


Canterbury attack early. Fizzles out and they concede a free kick as Otago look to clear.


Ken Yamamoto beats Tom Connor down the left, but Connor recovers well and Fiztpatrick clears.


Aaron Clapham shoots from beyond the edge of the 18 yard box. Liam Little palms it away then regathers.


Connor again beaten but this time by Ashley Wellbourn. He wins a corner which is easily cleared by Ferguson.


Canterbury attack again, this time through Darren White. Otago scramble but clear. All one way traffic at the moment. Otago need to settle and play with more composure.


As I type that, Liam Little nearly fluffs a pass back but Fitzpatrick gets it away. That could have ended in tears.


Regan Coldicott looks good, but is thwarted by an offside flag.


Craig Ferguson tackled very hard and is down holding his ankle. Fine to continue.


Chris Murphy gets in a good position on the left flank, but his cross goes out for a goal kick.


Wellbourn has his thunderbolt of a shot blocked by Tim Horner.


Darren White on the righthand flank crosses and finds Murphy who's shot is straight at Little.


Connor down the right for Otago can't make his cross find Burgess in the middle.


Otago break through da Costa and Ryder. They win a corner which is headed clear by Murphy.


Darren White again lobs one high into the penalty area. Headed away by Fitzpatrick.


Louie Bush shoots and wins a corner after a Horner deflection. Cleared by Otago but sent straight back into the area by Bush. A couple of half chances come to nothing.


White creates something down the right. Otago should have done better and concede a corner. From corner, Otago win a Free Kick.


Clapham takes part in a nice passing move but has his shot blocked by Little. He grabs the rebound and crosses. Wellbourn's header misses at the far post.

Over on Twitter, @jacksonrodeka expresses his surprise at the omission of Matt Joy from the starting 11 describing it as a "brain explosion." Probably a fair point too, Matt Joy has been very good this season, certainly in the home matches.


Meanwhile Canterbury win yet another corner, this one punched clear by Little.


Regan Coldicott and Seamus Ryder both make a nuisance of themselves down the right. Not quite good enough to prevent conceding a throw in.


Otago win a free kick in a good position, about 40 yards out. Lacked quality it must be said. Of course that was the range that former captain Prattley was so effective from before he left the club in the January transfer window.


GOAL Canterbury!!! The visitors win a throw in down the left. Louie Bush crosses well and finds the head of Ken Yamamoto who directs it pass Little into the top right corner. Canterbury lead 1-0.


Otago break through Burgess who looks to find Coldicott. His through ball is intercepted by Schwarz. Would have made no difference as Coldicott was at least 2 yards offside and AR Cowie would have had an easy decision.


GOAL Canterbury!!! Ashley Wellbourn skips past 2 defenders, shoots. Liam Little gets fingertips on it, but still it trickles over the line in the right corner. 2-0.


Nick Wortelboer looks to chip Liam Little from 25 yards. Nearly does so. Finger tip save puts it over the bar.


While looking to latch onto an airel ball, Wellbourn goes down in the box. Halfhearted penalty appeal is met with a resounding no from referee Waugh.


Clapham beats a couple and goes down in the box. Not sure whether his handwaving and shouts were an appeal or disappointment. Probably a bit of both.


Burgess delivers a good cross from the right, which found Colidicott. He does poorly. Goal kick.


One minute to be added.


Halftime called. Canterbury go into the sheds 2-0 up and are totally deserving of that lead. It was a frantic start to the half, but play settled down significantly as the half went on. I'm off to get some food. We'll be back in 15.


Halftime Kick-for-Cash competition goes without a winner again. $300 jackpot for next week.

Still HT

Plenty for the hosts to improve on going into the second half and plenty for the FBS caterers to improve on for next week. Really disappointing effort in the hot chip department. 

Teams coming back now.


Canterbury get things going again.


Nick Wortelboer all over the back of Seamus Ryder, but still he turns and feeds Burgess.


Coldicott tries to make something happen down the right near the goal line. Can only concede a goal kick.


Darren White attacks with momentum. Tim Horner slides in well and wins it cleanly.


This time Horner diving in left Otago vulnerable for a moment, but Fitzpatrick tidies up. 


Wellbourn thinks he has a second. He doesn't. An offside flag was the intervening factor.


Ken Yamamoto has a ping from distance. High and wide, although perhaps it was a deflection. That's certainly what the officials think. Corner given.


Darren White crossing from the left this time, entices everyone with his cross, but only a goal kick results.


On the turn, from some distance, Aajay Cunningham hits the bar.


Sub for Otago. 14. Sam Mepham on, 9. Victor da Costa off.
Sub for Canterbury sees 7. Darren White leave, replaced by a man who's number I missed.


Red Card. Crazy scenes her at the FBS. A rough tackle by an Otago player leaves Ashley Wellbourn writhing in pain. No foul called by the referee. Less than 2 seconds later, Aaron Clapham is chopped down from behind by Scott Gannon. Clapham hops back up quickly, Waugh goes to the back pocket. From the free kick Canterbury score. More in next update.


GOAL Canterbury!!! After a small injury break, Canterbury pump the ball long. Andy Barton, who just came on, gets onto it and slots in the bottom right corner. 3-0 Canterbury.


5. Matt Joy comes on for 21. Aaron Burgess for Otago. 11. Michael Fifi comes on for 16. Ashley Wellbourn.


GOAL Canterbury!!! Ken Yamamoto grabs a second with a thunderbolt of a shot to the left of Liam Little. 4-0. Otago really struggling.


Sub for Canterbury. 18. Andy Pitman on for 6. Chris Murphy. Also note the correction in scorer of 3rd goal. Wrong Andy.


Sub for Otago. 20. Andy Ridden comes on for 28. Craig Ferguson.


Aajay Cunningham crosses across the face of goal. Three Otago attackers weren't far away, but none of them could get the final touch.


GOAL OTAGO!! And what a goal it was. Perfectly timed run from Regan Coldicott sees him latch onto a long ball delivered by Seamus Ryder and he thumps it away on the half volley. 4-1.


Tim Horner receives a yellow card. I'm told Sam Mepham also went in the book straight from the kickoff after the third goal.


Just three minutes to be added.


Fulltime called. A quiet stoppage time in the context of what was hectic and fierce derby match. Plenty to talk about in the aftermatch, Canterbury the deserved winner, by 4 goals to 1.


Yellow Card to Sam Mepham was in 85th minute.