Hawkes Bay United
ASB Premiership - Round 11
Forsyth Barr Stadium
3 February 2013
Victor da Costa 57'
Jarrod Smith 2'
Halftime: 0-2 Referee: Mirko Benischke Crowd: 200
by Rab Smith in Dunedin
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.
Hawkes Bay United
1. Liam LITTLE
1. Richard GILLESPIE
4. Benjudah FITZPATRICK
2. Aaron JONES
5. Matt JOY
3. Josh MARGETTS
7. Regan COLDICOTT
5. Bill ROBERTSON
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')
16. Aajay CUNNINGHAM
12. Harley RODEKA (Bruin 83')
17. Tim HORNER
16. Sean LOVEMORE
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
=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.
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.
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.