Hawke's Bay United
Hawke's Bay United
ASB Premiership - Round 12,
Bluewater Stadium, Napier,
Sunday 10 February 2013
Connor TINNION 43'
Aaron CLAPHAM 45'+2'
Halftime: 1-1 Referee: Nick WALDRON Crowd: 464
by David Gearey at Bluewater Stadium
Team Wellington's 3-2 loss to Auckland City slammed the semi-final door shut on the capital men and means Hawke's Bay appear in the final four for the first time in nine years of trying.
Hawke's Bay and Canterbury went into this match knowing a win would have them more or less confirmed as playoff contenders.
But that uncertainty made for gripping entertainment as both sides went at each other throughout an exciting match.
It was the visitors that started the brightest, and began the game with a purpose and directness that had the Bay defending in their own half for much of the opening period.
The Southerners were relentless with wave after wave of attacking football, but couldn’t produce that final touch or any reward on the score sheet.
So it must have been devastating for their very vocal coach Keith Braithwaite, when much against the run of play, the home side opened the scoring.
Two minutes before halftime the Bay’s Conor Tinnion received the ball 30 yards out, and the Englishman tried his luck with a low speculative shot.
Adam Highfield must have only seen the ball late, as the ball had already spun in off the right hand post before the Canterbury keeper had made his dive.
But in true fashion the Southerners hit back in style. In stoppage time of the first half, the impressive duo of Russell Kamo and Aaron Clapham combined to send the sides into the changing sheds all locked up at one a piece.
Kamo sent a long ball forward and as the Bay keeper Richard Gillespie came out to clear, Clapham swung in and nodded the ball over the advancing goalie.
The second half was full of half chances for both sides, but the best went in the way of the home side.
Captain Bill Robertson hit the post midway through the half before Tinnion nearly stole all three points with a late show, the best of which smashed of the crossbar with Highfield stranded.
Both coach’s agreed the visitors had had the better of the first half and that a draw overall was probably a fair result.
“In the first half I thought we did exceptionally well and we were disappointed to go 1 nil down” Braithwaite said.
“But I thought the boys showed great character to come back straight away and get themselves right back into the game”.
He added: “But for us to come and take a point off you up here. I’m very pleased with that”.
Chris Greatholder was also very happy with the point after what he called a disappointing first period.
“We like to play more football than we did today, we just took too long a time to get into our stride, but credit to you and your boys for taking the game to us” Greatholder said.
“It was pleasing our reaction in the second half as we had said at halftime that sometimes the result is more important than the performance itself” He added.
For Hawke’s Bay, they can now focus on Waitakere and their undefeated home record this season with their playoff jinx now firmly consigned to history.
Hawke's Bay United
1. Richard GILLESPIE (gk)
22. Adam HIGHFIELD (gk)
2. Aaron JONES
4. Nick WORTELBOER
3. Josh MARGETTS(off 90'+3')
5. Tom SCHWARZ
5. Bill ROBERTSON (c)
7. Darren WHITE
6. Stephen HINDMARCH
8. Aaron CLAPHAM (c)
8. Cole PEVERLEY
9. Russell KAMO
10. Stephen HOYLE
14. Josh SMITH(off 78')
12. Harley RODEKA
15. Julyan COLLETT
16. Sean LOVEMORE (off 36')
16. Ashley WELLBOURN (off 87')
18. Dakota LUCAS
19. Louie BUSH
20. Conor TINNION
20. Ken YAMAMOTO (off 81')
26. Danyon DRAKE (rgk)
2. Dan TERRIS
9. Jarrod SMITH
6. Chris MURPHY (on 78')
15. Ross HAVILAND (on 90'+3')
11. Michael FIFI
19. Rudi BAUERFEIND (on36')
12. Andy BARTON (on 81')
22. Angus KILKOLLY
13. Nathan KNOX (on 87')
=2 yellow cards
= red card
Play by Play
Welcome to Bluewater Stadium for this Round 12 clash between Hawke's Bay United and Canterbury United. It's a big day for both franchises. The Bay are on the verge of making their first ever playoffs but a win for Canterbury would see them jump the home side on the table.
It's a cracking day here at Park Island. Very warm and a moderate breeze blowing down the ground. Kick off is only 10 minutes away...........
Big news is that of SMITH being out of the starting line up for the Bay but Chris GREATHOLDER has still thrown the former All White onto the bench.
The Bay to kick off. Canterbury with the wind at their backs. And we are under way.
First chance of the match goes the way of the home side. TINNION with his trademark fake and cut inside turns Louie BUSH inside out but HOYLE can't guide his header on target after TINNION'S delightful cross.
PEVERLEY finds LOVEMORE with a great long ball but the Bay golden boot leader can't get the ball out from under his feet.
BRAITHWAITE very vocal from the visitors dugout this afternoon. He claims Canterbury should have maybe had a penalty claim there after a bit of shirt tugging in the Bay box.
YAMAMOTO finds himself with a little space on the edge of the Bay box. He manages to get a turn and shot in but ROBERTSON gets his foot in the way and the ball loops over GILLESPIE'S goal for a Canterbury corner.
Back to back corners for the visitors and Ashley WELLBOURN has time to poke a shot but straight into the arms of GILLESPIE.
Big chance for the visitors. WHITE beats the offside trap abeit huge appeals from the Bay defenders. Rounds GILLESPIE but can't finish from a very tight angle. GILLESPIE looked to have maybe got a hand to that right in the nick of time. If so thats world class from the veteran shot stopper.
KAMO cuts inside PEVERLEY and drives into the Bay penalty area but can't beat the evergreen ROBERTSON who times his tackle to perfection.
Another chance for Canterbury but cleared away by the home side. It's all the visitors here. The Bay can't get out of their own half at the moment.
TINNION releases LOVEMORE out on the right. The speedster rips past WORTELBOER and crosses but it's cut out for a Bay corner.
The resulting corner drops to LOVEMORE 25 yards out and he lashes a left foot half volley the shades the Canterbury crossbar.
YELLOW CARD SCHWARZ hits a perfect cross field ball to WHITE. The solid winger draws a foul out of Josh MARGETTS who finds himself in the referees book
Some big tackles flying in here. The Bay getting a little frustrated. Referee WALDRON has a word to HOYLE for an off the ball incident.
The home side need to weather this Canterbury storm. The visitors are relentless at the moment.
HINDMARCH finds LUCAS with a superb ball and the nippy striker is bundled over. Half shout for a Penalty but WALDRON waves play on.
KAMO beats numerous Bay defenders before the home side scramble the ball off the line after a bit of goal mouth ping pong.
COLLETT makes a last ditch tackle on LOVEMORE just as he is about to pull the trigger. He hasn't got up from the challenge. Doesn't look good.
Physio Jess MC'IVOR has given the "no good" call. GREATHOLDER will look to go to his bench. Who's it to be???????
SUBSTITUTE HAWKE'S BAY Sean LOVEMORE is replaced by Rudi BAUERFEIND
CLAPHAM feeds YAMAMOTO on the right and then nippy winger lets fly with a shot, but GILLESPIE is equal to the occasion and he tips it around the post.
LOVEMORE down the tunnel on a stretcher. Not a good sight.
YELLOW CARD ROBERTSON in the book for a challenge on KAMO. Very soft decision by WALDRON. Got talked into that one.
TINNION has his shot cleared of the line after great work by PEVERLEY.
GOAL HAWKE'S BAY It doesn't matter however as TINNION puts the home side up against the run of play. The winger found himself in space and tried a speculator that we will asume HIGHFIELD only saw late as it crashes in off the post.
The fourth official has indicated a minimum of 3 minutes additional time.
GOAL CANTERBURY UNITED KAMO with a superb long ball which found CLAPHAM on the edge of the box. The former All White must have been privy to GILLESPIE coming off his line as he flicks his header over the advancing keeper and levels the scores. Neat finish that.
HALFTIME HAWKE'S BAY 1 CANTERBURY 1
Late goals in the first half here at Bluewater Stadium. Canterbury have had the bulk of possesion and chances in the opening period but the home side took the lead against the run of play. Not for long though as the Southerners hit straight back in superb fashion.
The Bay are back out early from the changing sheds. WALDRON heads down the tunnel in search of the visitors.
Second half underway. No changes for either side at the break. The home side with the wind at their backs for the second period of play.
WALDRON awards Canterbury a free kick 30 yards out. CLAPHAM to line it up. The referee giving some soft decisions this afternoon.
The freekick is easily gathered by GILLESPIE
YELLOW CARD WHITE into the referees book for simulation. Interesting decision that.
YAMAMOTO rips a shot from 35 yards out but it sails high and wide.
The start to the second half seems alot more even than the first. The Bay putting their stamp on the match now.
YELLOW CARD HINDMARCH into WALDRON'S book for multiple infringements.
The word is LOVEMORE has been taken to hospital for xray's
HOYLE tries an auditious volley from 40 yards out. HIGHFIELD has to back track to claim.
Bit of feeling in this one... Tempers starting to flare with half an hour to go.
SMITH warming up for the home side.
RODEKA is slipped in by a HINDMARCH reverse but the former Otago Utd winger can't generate enough pace with his shot and HIGHFIELD easily claims.
KAMO receives the ball on the edge of the Bay box. He turns JONES and fires a half volley straight into the arms of GILLESPIE.
ROBERTSON with one right in the goolies. CLAPHAM does extremely well to get around the Bay captain, slip a short cross back where WHITE unleashed with a bullet and right smack bang into the recovering ROBERTSON.
YELLOW CARD SMITH into the book for persistant fouling.
Heroics here in Napier from the home side. Firstly GILLESPIE after WHITE was put through and then PEVERLEY off the line after the ball had bounced out to WELLBOURN.
HOYLE with a half chance after RODEKA whips in a great cross. The englishman does well to get his head to the ball but can't steer it on target.
BAUERFEIND does well to force a Bay corner.
TINNION whips in a peach of a corner where ROBERTSON steers his toe poke onto the post. Very close for the home side.
SUBSTITUTE CANTERBURY Chris MURPHY is replacing Josh SMITH
SUBSTITUTE CANTERBURY Andy BARTON is replacing Ken YAMAMOTO
CLAPHAM headers a TINNION freekick over his own bar for a corner just as BAUERFEIND was looking to flick it goal bound.
Last 5 minutes here at Park Island. Both sides leaving nothing out there.
SUBSTITUTE CANTERBURY Nathan KNOX is replacing Ashley WELLBOURN
Canterbury force a late corner. Bay scramble clear. Big KNOX the silver fox straight into the action as the ball gets pumped back in to the Bay area.
I've reached the bottom of my feed sorry so everything will have to be in this box. TINNION rips a left foot screamer that ricochets off the crossbar and bounces miles away. Would have been the goal of the year here. TINNION again volleys just past the post.
Fourth Official has indicated a minimum of 5 additional minutes to be played.
The Bay finishing the stronger.
Ross HAVILAND is replacing Josh MARGETTS
FULLTIME HAWKE'S BAY 1 CANTERBURY 1