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Otago United

Hawkes Bay United


ASB Premiership - Round 11
Forsyth Barr Stadium
3 February 2013


Victor da Costa 57' 

Jarrod Smith 2'
Stephen Hindmarch 8'
Sean Lovemore 63'



Halftime:  0-2                     Referee:  Mirko Benischke                              Crowd: 200


Hawke's Bay too strong for Otago

by Rab Smith in Dunedin

DUNEDIN - A 3-1 win over Otago United sees Hawke's Bay United leapfrog Auckland City into second place and sets up a four way playoff logjam.
Hawke's Bay got off to a flyer with referee Mirko Benischke awarding the visitors a penalty inside the first minute.
Dakota Lucas was deemed to have been tripped by Otago defender Matt Joy, and despite a dive in the right direction, keeper Liam Little failed to stop Jarrod Smith's well taken penalty.
In an action packed opening ten minutes, Otago's hopes suffered a setback when veteran striker Aaron Burgess was stretchered off with a broken leg on six minutes, an injury that ends the 34-year-olds ASB Premiership campaign. 
More Bay pressure had Otago buckling and only brave block tackles and headers kept the visitors from scoring again and included a fierce shot by Smith that smashed into Otago's woodwork and rebounded fully 25 metres.
Could things get worse for the home side? Certainly, as Stephen Hindmarch found a gap and laced Bays into a 2-0 lead with just seven minutes gone.
Otago closed ranks, and Matt Joy and Ben Fitzpatrick combined with Tom Connor and the impressive Craig Ferguson and Tim Horner, some stability was achieved, and at last the home side started to string passes together.
Some torrid midfield action saw yellow cards for Bay's Sean Lovemore and Stephen Hoyle, and in the cut and thrust, Smith's strength and skills were a rallying point for the Bay.
As halftime approached Otago had a good spell of pressure, and from decent service by Aajay Cunningham, Seamus Ryder and Victor da Costa the pace and finishing power of Regan Coldicott was only denied by two excellent saves from keeper Richard Gillespie.
The second half contest continued with more physical challenges that earned Lucas a yellow, as Bay tried to catch up with Otago's four yellows which went to Joy, Burgess, Ferguson and Da Costa - for taking his shirt off to celebrate his 58th minute goal.
And what a goal it was as he swerved past tackles then curled a powerful 20 metre shot into the extreme left of Bay's net. Then took off on a topless victory lap.
Bay retaliated minutes later, when Benischke again pointed to Otago's penalty spot and Sean Lovemore drilled his side into a 3-1 lead with 26 minutes to go.
Benischke was not yet finished when he also waved a red card at Fergus Neil after a flying elbow whacked Connor in the face with 15 minutes to go, reducing Hawkes Bay to ten men.
Coach Greatholder sent out his remaining subs while Otago mounted several decent attacks but failed to utilise its extra man advantage.
The biggest gasp of the game was in the final minute when a poor clearance sat up knee high for Coldicott, and he hit the ball superbly - but just over Bay's bar.
Greatholder said: "Otago made it very hard for us, despite us getting a dream start, we had to ride out some heavy spells of pressure.
"But some excellent performances by Jarrod Smith and Bill Robertson, and an unbelievable couple of saves by big Richard Gillespie kept us intact."

Greatholder's opposite number, Richard Murray, lamented another performance that only kickstarted after falling behind.

"We play our best football when we are 2-0 down, and thats not what I want.

"Bay are too good a side to let them go ahead that early," he said.

"Losing Aaron (Burgess) so early was also a bitter blow. His season is over.

"Yet we had some really good performers out there and but for that daft start, we might have got some reward from the game," he concluded.


Team Sheet

Otago United


Hawkes Bay United

1. Liam LITTLE

1. Richard GILLESPIE


2. Aaron JONES

5. Matt JOY




8. Seamus RYDER

6. Stephen HINDMARCH

9. Victor DA COSTA(Ridden 76')

9. Jarrod SMITH (Baufiend 62')

15. Tom CONNOR

10. Stephen HOYLE (Kilkolly 87')


12. Harley RODEKA (Bruin 83')

17. Tim HORNER


21. Aaron BURGESS(Mepham 6')

17. Fergus NEILL

28. Craig FERGUSON

18. Dakota LUCAS



22. Zayne OFFICER (RGK)

26. Danyon DRAKE (RGK)

14. Sam MEPHAM (On, Burgess 6') (Off, Day 76')

19. Rudi BAUNEFIEND (Smith 62')

20. Andy RIDDEN (da Costa 76')

21. Matt BRUIN (Rodeka 83')

23. Morgan DAY (Mepham 76')

22. Angus KILKOLLY (Hoyle 87')

24. Peter OVERMIRE


=yellow card

=2 yellow cards

= red card

Play by Play


Hello and welcome to the Forsyth Barr Stadium here in Dunedin for coverage of this Round Eleven ASB Premiership fixture between Otago United and Hawkes Bay United.


There is only one name on the lips of the local fans today. That of Harley Rodeka. The former Otago fan favourite returns to the city where he was born and bred and until this season played all his football, most notably for Otago United and at club level for Roslyn-Wakari and then Caversham. The 2012 Footballsouth Premier League Player of the Year donned the Blue and Gold 26 times, scoring 6 goals including 5 last season and is the 5th highest scorer in Otago United history. He's yet to open his account in Black and White.


This is Rodeka's first game against his former club, missing the Round 4 fixture in November at Park Island while serving a suspension. Hawkes Bay won that game 2-0, but almost exactly a year earlier in November 2011 it was Otago who won last season's corresponding fixture at Tahuna Park by the same margin. The last time Hawkes Bay picked up 3 points in Dunedin was in December 2008, out at Sunnyvale Park, an Otago Red Card, 2 penalties and 3 goals for the visitors in the space of 5 minutes saw them come out as 3-1 winners.


Teams are above. One change for the hosts. Scott Gannon is serving a suspension and he is replaced by Matt Joy. Possibly a shift to five at the back or perhaps Tim Horner moving forward into a defensive midfield role. For the visitors, two changes. Skipper Bill Robertson returns from suspension and Sean Lovemore returns to the starting 11. Connor Tinnion and Cole Peverly drop out


Pitch is in diabolical condition after the equestrian event here on Friday night. Holes that are as big as my size 13 feet, extremely bumpy, numerous dead patches and soft underfoot. Really disappointing for a match at this level. 


Of course, you can offer your comments and questions via the ASB Premiership Twitter account: @ASBPremiership. Will check this as the match progresses and maybe even include the odd bit of wisdom offered on there.


Teams entering now. Otago in all blue with yellow trim, Hawkes Bay in Black and white strips, black shorts and black socks, referees in yellow.


Hawkes Bay win the toss, choose to play toward the west. Otago to kickoff.


Otago kickoff


Penalty!!! Hawkes Bay break early. Matt Joy trips a Bay player. Referee points to the spot and flashes a yellow card.


GOAL!! Jarrod Smith goes low into the bottom left corner. 1-0.


Big injury delay. Aaron Burgess is stretchered off and receives a yellow card while on the stretcher. From the resulting free kick Aaron Jones hits the post.


Sam Mepham comes on replacing the injured Burgess.


GOAL!!! Poor decision making and naive defending sees Stephen Hindmarch pounce on a weak pass and slot it away bottom left corner. 2-0.


Aajay Cunningham shoot narrowly over the bar.


Play has settled down with most of the play in midfield. Enterprising play by Fergus Neill down the right wins a corner which comes to nothing.


Collision near halfway between Fergus Neill and Seamus Ryder right in front of the technical areas. Richard Murray is out of his seat giving the referee some advice. Advantage is played for Otago. Fizzles out to a throw-in.


Stephen Hoyle and Otago keeper Liam Little contest the ball in the air. Little palms it away and takes out Hoyle. Whistle blows. Angry reaction from Otago crowd until they realise whistle is for foul on the keeper. Angry reaction is replicated by Hawkes Bay bench.


Sam Mepham finds Seamus Ryder in plenty of space. He squares it up to Regan Coldicott who completely misses it. He goes down and stays down. He goes off but will return.


Ryder looks to cross from the right. Wins a corner which is palmed away by Gillespie.


Lovemore crosses from the right. Five Otago defenders and just the one Bay player in there, but it's the Hawkes Bay player who nearly makes it 3 nil.


Stephen Hoyle has a ping which would have been a shoe-in for goal of the season had it dropped. It didn't. Goal kick.


Sean Lovemore concedes a free kick while on attack. He's not impressed and he throws the ball down in disgust. Referee shows him a yellow for that act of dissent.


Stephen Hoyle goes in high to a challenge with Tim Horner. He gets a yellow. The free kick finds the head of Fitzpatrick but goes wide.


Fourth Official signals 4 added minutes.


Regan Coldicott had a prime opportunity to make it 2-1, but Richard Gillespie pulls of a stunning save. Made himself big and palmed it away diving to his right.


Matt Joy long throw wins a corner which is well defended.


Halftime called. Hawkes Bay lead 2-0. Hope to bring you an update on the Burgess injury soon.


Aaron Burgess injury not as bad as earlier feared. Bad bruise on the back of the right leg.

Still HT

It's good to know that someone reads this, because after bemoaning the state of the chips last week, the stadium caterers have turned it around big time. Really happy. Now if they can produce a decent pitch and decent chips in the same week, we'll all be pretty happy.

Teams returning now. Hawkes Bay receive the bigger cheer of the 2 teams.


Hawkes Bay kickoff.


Sharp start by Otago. da Costa down the right does a lot of good work. Mepham connects on the volley, but just away to the right.


Contest in the air between Dakota Lucas and Jude Fitzpatrick. Lucas swinging his arms around. Free kick for Otago and Yellow Card for Lucas.


GOAL OTAGO!!! Victor da Costa has a ping off the right foot. And it's a thunderbolt. Curled into the top left corner, Gillespie had no chance. 2-1 and Otago are playing the better football right now


Silly yellow card to da Costa for removing his shirt. At this level players should know better.


Penalty Hawkes Bay! The referee points to the spot. Hawkes Bay attacker runs into the box, gets past Craig Ferguson, who sticks a leg out, brings the attacker down and gets a yellow card for his troubles.


GOAL!! Penalty converted by Sean Lovemore. 3-1.


On the counter attack Sean Lovemore wins his team a corner kick. But he'll be disappointed with that as he should have done better.


Sub Hawkes Bay. 9. Jarrod Smith is replaced by 19. Rudi Bauerfiend.


Red Card!!! Tom Connor and Fergus Neill were running side-by-side after a ball 15 metres in front of them. Neill has flung an elbow straight into Tom Connor's face. Ugly, ugly play and the red card was the least the referee could do.


Double sub for Otago. da Costa and Mepham leave, Andy Ridden and Morgan Day come on.


Aajay Cunningham beats 2 Hawkes Bay defenders in the box, but can't beat a third.


Sub for Hawkes Bay. Home town lad 12. Harley Rodeka sustained a small knock and is replaced by 21. Matt Bruin, who like Rodeka played his winter football for Caversham here in Dunedin.


Sub for Hawkes Bay. 10. Stephen Hoyle replaced by 22. Angus Kilkolly.


Gillespie collects at the edge of his box. Otago players and bench adamant he handled outside the box. Not the case.


Aajay Cunningham fires a free kick just inches over the bar.


Six minutes to be added.


Gillespie comes out to palm a cross away. He can only palm it to Coldicott however. His shot goes wide.


Fulltime called. Hawkes Bay take the 3-1 win. They weren't convincing, but they were the better team and they go second in the ASB Premiership.