ASB Premiership - Round 11,
ASB Football Park, Christchurch
Sunday 3, February 2013
Clapham 41' 49'(PEN)
Halftime: 1-0 Referee: Peter O'Leary Crowd: 275
by John Donnachie at ASB Football Park
CHRISTCHURCH - Canterbury United maintained their surge towards the play-offs with a 4-0 win over a dogged Waikato FC in Christchurch today.
The red and blacks victory could have been greater, but for some wayward finishing and a gutsy visiting opponent, who refused to give up.
It took the Dragons 41 minutes to break the Waikato resistance, following a pin-ball sequence of events inside the visitors box. It finished with Waikato keeper Mouncher parrying a Darren White shot, straight to the feet of Aaron Clapham, who from around 6 yards out, slotted home.
Then after the interval, Canterbury were awarded a penalty after what appeared an innocuous incident involving Mouncher and an onrushing Dragons striker, Ashley Wellbourn.
Captain Aaron Clapham converted, but not with his usual aplomb. The penalty just sneaked in, after hitting the underside of the bar.
Up until this point, the visitors had more than held their own. While the Dragons were wasteful on numerous occasions in front of goal, Waikato midfielder Sunny Singh missed a gilt-edged chance, pulling his shot wide after finding himself with just Highfield to beat.
Prior to Canterbury going three up, Highfield was very alert, twice saving from Rory Turner and Eder Franchini in as many minutes, as the visitors rallied from going two goals behind.
Dragons striker Russell Kamo, however stepped in with a delightful goal just after the hour mark. Twisting and turning inside the box, he unleashed a wicked dipping shot into the far corner from around 15 yards out.
Kamo then turned provider, picking out Ken Yamamoto inside the box, and the young striker who had been guilty of profligacy before, scored with a quality finish inside the far post.
Ironically, it was Adam Highfield who was involved in the final defining moment of the day, with a brilliant finger tip save over the bar, to deny Waikato sub Jack Hobson-McVeigh, from a direct free-kick, 25 yards out.
To be fair the visitors deserved a goal. But then Highfield was in no mood to oblige, making at least three quality saves during the match.
Dragons coach, Keith Braithwaite was a content man afterwards. “Overall, a good performance. We scored good goals on another hot Canterbury day,”he said.
Braithwaite acknowledged the visitors determination, and his goalkeepers contribution. But said his strikers needed to be more clinical.
Waikato coach, Mark Cossey was hoarse at the end of the match. He was disappointed with the penalty decision and felt his team deserved more from the game. Still, he conceded that his players wilted in the heat, and that the Dragons were too strong.
“The first half we did very well. We just wanted to carry on what we were doing, but then that penalty so soon after. To be fair, Canterbury kept pushing and took their chances,”he said.
22. Adam Highfield
12. Neil Mouncher
4. Nick Wortelboer
2. Hone Fowler
5. Tom Schwarz
5. Eder Franchini
7. Darren White
18. Alexi Caroma-Varela
8. Aaron Clapham (cpt)
6. Sam Jasper
9. Russell Kamo
15. Ray How OFF- SAM MARGETTS ON
14. Josh Smith
17. Wade Molloy
15. Julyan Collett
19. Dave Parkinson
16. Ashley Wellbourn
7. Gurjeet Singh
19. Louie Bush
16. Bryon Paulus
20. Ken Yamamoto
9. Rory Turner
1.Danny Knight (RGK)
11. Jack Hobson-McVeigh
11. Michael Fifi
9. Jarrod Young
12. Andy Barton
25. Ruben Parker (RGK)
13. Nathan Knox
3. Jordan Shaw
18. Andy Pitman
14. Sam Margetts
=2 yellow cards
= red card
Play by Play
Welcome to ASB Football Park, the long hot summer continues- with temperatures peaking around the mid 20s and some high cloud overhead. Play-off chasing Canterbury are favourites, but the visitors Waikato FC have nothing to lose. Not the biggest of crowds today, perhaps they are at the beach.
2 CORNER WAIKATO- AFTER FRANCHINI'S SHOT FROM 15 YRDS OUT IS DEFLECTED BEHIND FOR A CORNER. THE SUBSEQUENT CORNER GOES OUT OF PLAY AFTER EVADING EVERYONE.
5 CANTY'S DARREN WHITE GETS A SHOT FROM THE EDGE OF THE BOX IN BUT MOUNCHER GATHERS EASILY
7'GOOD POSITIVE START BY THE VISITORS - SINGH MAKES RUN INTO THE CANTY BOX BUT HIS CROSS JUST LACKS ACCURACY
10'ALMOST THE OPENER- CLAPHAM FINDS WELLBOURN ON THE EDGE OF THE WAIKATO BOX AND YOUNGSTER SHOWS GREAT TECHNIQUE CONTROLLING THE BALL BEFORE TRYING AN AUDACIOUS LOB WHICH BEATS MOUNCHER BUT JUST BOUNCES WIDE AWAY FROM THE FAR POST
12' WAIKATO SHOWING PLENTY OF SPIRIT EARLY DOORS. NOT SHY TO PUSH MEN FOWARD.
15' WAIKATO MAN DOWN IN MIDFIELD- UNSIGHTED- HAS SINCE GOT UP- HE IS OKAY TO PLAY ON
18' CANTY MIDFIELD TAKING A WHILE TO SETTLE- TESTAMENT TO THE VISITORS FIGHTING SPIRIT
. 20 CANTY BOOKING - JOSH SMITH FOR RASH TACKLE ON RAY HOW NEAR HALF-WAY LINE- FREEKICK IS POOR AND IS COLLECTED BY HIGHFIELD IN CANTY GOAL
23'CORNER CANTY- BUSH CROSS FINISHES WITH YAMAMTO'S SHOT BEING DEFLECTED WIDE. NOTHING FROM THE CORNER
24 CANTY'S UNMARKED WELLBOURN JUST SHOOTS WIDE FROM 20 YARDS OUT
26 FREEKICK CANTY- CLAPHAM TAKEN OUT- GETS UP TAKES THE DIRECT KICK FROM 30 YARDS OUT- MOUNCHER IN WAIKATO GOAL BEATS THE GOALBOUND EFFORT AWAY TO SAFETY.
30' CANTY COMING TO LIFE NOW. BUSH MAKES RUN BUT CROSS JUST OVER THE BAR. THEN KAMO CONTROLS AND TURNS 15 YARDS OUT MAKES ROOM FOR SHOT BUT MOUNCHER IS THERE TO SAVE AT SECOND ATTEMPT.
31 VISITORS HAVE BEST CHANCE OF THE MATCH - SUNNY SINGH STEALS INTO THE CANTY BOX- AND HAS ONLY HIGHFIELD TO BEAT BUT PULLS HIS SHOT WIDE.
33 YAMAMOTO AGAIN HAS HIS EFFORT BLOCKED 12 YARDS OUT. WHITE'S CORNER IS CLEARED
36' WAIKATO FREE-KICK- AFTER WHITE CHOPS DOWN FOWLER(NO BOOKING) FRANCHINI'S FREE-KICK IS TOO NEAR HIGHFIELD- WHO COLLECTS EASILY
37'SUB FOR WAIKATO - MARGETTS ON - HOW OFF
41' GOAL- CANTY- CLAPHAM SLOTS HOME AROUND 6 YARD BOX-AFTER MOUNCHER CAN'T HOLD WHITE'S SHOT FROM CLOSE IN.
44' GREAT INDUSTRY FROM CANTY'S LOUIE BUSH GOING PAST 2 CHALLENGES AFTER WINNING A 50/50 BALL- THE FULL BACK ALMOST PLAYS KAMO IN BUT BALL GOES JUST BEYOND THE CANTY TARGET MAN
CANTY SUB- BARTON ON WHITE OFF
46 VISITORS HOLDING ONTO THE BALL DEEP IN CANTY HALF - BUT CANTY DEFENCE REGAIN POSSESSION AT THE CORNER FLAG
48' PENALTY CANTY-CLAPHAM JUST SCORES VIA THE UNDERSIDE OF THE BAR!
WELLBOURN WAS TAKEN DOWN BY MOUNCHER AFTER KAMO FIRED SHOT IN.
51' WAIKATO SUB CAROMA VARELA OFF HOBSON-MCVEIGH ON
54' CANTY IN CONTROL - LOOKING FOR MORE GOALS- YAMAMOTO AND HIS FORWARD COLLEAGUES -WELLBOURN AND KAMO LINKING WELL UP FRONT
57' HIGHFIELD COMES OUT OF HIS GOAL TO CLEAR DOWN THE FAR FLANK. THEN IS CALLED INTO ACTION TO DENY FIRST TURNER FROM CLOSE IN. FROM THE RESULTANT CORNER HE THEN SAVES FROM FRANCHINI'S DIVING HEADER.
62' GOAL CANTY! KAMO TWISTS AND TURNS INSIDE WAIKATO BOX AND THEN UNLEASHES A WICKED DIPPING SHOT FROM 12 YARDS OUT INTO THE FAR CORNER
65' GOOD SAVE AGAIN FROM HIGHFIELD- GETS DOWN LOW AT FULL STRETCH AND TIPS THE BALL AWAY AFTER A 25 YARD EFFORT FROM AN UNSIGHTED WAIKATO PLAYER
68' STILL MORE GOALS TO COME. CANTY REALLY TURNING THE SCREW COMING FORWARD WITH PURPOSE AND INVENTION
72' CANTY SUB- KNOX ON WELLBOURN OFF. WAIKATO SUBS- MOLLOY OFF SHAW ON .
74' PARKINSON WAIKATO- PLAYED IN BY TURNER BUT HIGHFIELD IS ALERT AND COMES OUT TO BLOCK THE DANGER.
76 GREAT OPPORTUNTIES FOR CANTY MISSED- FIRST KNOX IS DENIED BY AN ADVANCING MOUNCHER AND THEN YAMAMOTO SHOOTS STRAIGHT AT MOUNCHER AFTER KNOX SETS HIM UP
79' KNOX THE VETERAN HAS DONE WELL SINCE COMING ON- ADDING A NEW DIMENSION TO THE CANTY ATTACK.
81' KAMO MISSES GREAT CHANCE FROM 6 YARDS AFTER YAMAMOTO PICKS HIM OUT WITH A CROSS. HE HEADS WIDE WITH THE GOAL AT HIS MERCY.
83- GOAL CANTY- HAD TO COME- KAMO FINDS YAMAMOTO HE SHOWS GOOD COMPOSURE INSIDE THE BOX -FIRING HOME INTO THE FAR CORNER
85'CANTY SUB- SMITH OFF PITMAN ON
86' YAMAMOTO DENIED BY MOUNCHER
87' HIGHFIELD MAKES GREAT FINGER TIP SAVE OVER THE BAR FROM A HOBSON-MCVEIGH DIRECT FREE-KICK- ARGUABLY THE SAVE OF THE MATCH
90+1 KAMO SHOOTS WIDE AFTER QUICKLY TAKEN BARTON FREE-KICK.