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Waikato FC

YoungHeart Manawatu


ASB Premiership - Round 12
Porritt Stadium, Hamilton
Sunday 10 February, 2013




Rory Turner 8', Gurjeep Singh 54'                                                       Seule Soromon 4', 18', Sam Redwood 84'


Halftime:    1-2                   Referee:  Mirko Benischke                              Crowd: 304


Manawatu win as Waikato home woe continues

by Niall Anderson at Porritt Stadium

HAMILTON - The home curse continues for Waikato FC, as Youngheart Manawatu nabbed a late winner to come out victorious 3-2 at Porritt Stadium today.

Two early goals from Seule Soromon were cancelled out in turn by first Rory Turner then Gurjeep Singh, but Sam Redwood poked the ball home from a goalmouth scramble to seal Manawatu’s second win of the campaign, and reverse the result from the clash between the two sides earlier in the season.

Tomorrow will mark two years to the day when Waikato FC last won at home, while a sixth straight loss ties the franchise record.

If Mark Cossey’s side fail to beat Otago, the home record will go down in the books as the worst in ASB Premiership history.

Manawatu proved to be dangerous opponents right from the start, with Soromon being a handful to deal with in the opening stages.

The Vanuatu international opened the scoring in the fourth minute from a corner after being left unmarked by woeful Waikato defence, but the lead soon evaporated however, with Rory Turner cleaning up Gurjeep Singh’s attempted shot after Singh had done the hard work creating the opportunity.

Soromon was not to be stopped however, scoring a classy goal to give Manawatu the lead back after he got in behind the lethargic Waikato defence.

Manawatu coach Stu Jacobs admitted that attacking the lack of pace in the Waikato defence was part of his gameplan.

“We knew Waikato play square at the back, we thought that we could break into the space with Seule and play Dale [Higham] a bit more directly” he said.
Despite the attacking prowess of Jacobs’ men, Manawatu’s defence had problems of their own dealing with pace, and speedster Singh pounced on a mistake by Nathan Cooksley to tie it up after the break, and it could have been 3-2 to the hosts when Mark Jones put the ball in the back of the net, only for the goal to be debatably ruled offside.

From there it was end to end stuff, and even after Redwood was on hand to nab the winner there were several chances for Waikato to tie the game, only to be denied by goalkeeper Matt Borren.

“It could have been 16-16,” said Jacobs after the game. “I think we deserved the win based on the number of chances, I’m pleased for the players really, they’ve really stuck in there and they’ve got their rewards which is nice.”

Manawatu and Waikato are now in a fight to avoid the wooden spoon, as they are now tied alongside Otago at the foot of the ladder.

Both sides will be vast outsiders to gain points next week as Manawatu travel to Canterbury, while Waikato FC travel to Auckland.


Team Sheet

Waikato FC


YoungHeart Manawatu

1. Jason Mann

1. Matt Borren

6. Sam Jasper

4. Kade Schrijvers (c)

7. Gurjeep Singh

8. Nathan Cooksley

9. Rory Turner

9. Seule Soromon  

10. Mark Jones (sub off 68')

10. Adam Cowan

13. Jesse Smith (sub off 58')

12. Khair Jones (sub off 75')

14. Sam Margetts

15. Billy Scott

18. Alexi Caroama Varela  (sub off 85')

17. Jordan Martens

19. Dave Parkinson

18. Dale Higham

21. Raymond How

20. Sam Redwood

23. Hone Fowler (c)

25. Alex Rufer (sub off 49')



3. Jordan Shaw

6. Matt Kennedy

11. Jack Hobson-McVeigh (sub on 85')

11. Tom Mosquera (sub on 49')

17. Wade Maloney (sub on 68')

14. Tyson Brandt (sub on 75')

5. Eder Franchini (on 58')

RGK. Ben Wilkes

RGK. Neil Mouncher


=yellow card

=2 yellow cards

= red card

Play by Play


Welcome to Porritt Stadium for this bottom of the table clash between Waikato FC and Youngheart Manawatu. Waikato are favoured but with both sides having nothing to lose there could be a few goals on show today. Porritt Stadium hosted athletics yesterday, so it'll be interesting to see how the pitch holds up in what promises to be an end-to-end encounter.


Three changes for Waikato today, with goalkeeper Jason Mann back into the side while Jesse Smith and Sam Margetts also return. Adam Cowan is back for Manawatu while Sam Redwood also gets a run in the starting outfit.


And we're underway, Waikato with possession early.


Waikato are lining up in a 4-4-2 formation with Mark Jones in the engine room, while Manawatu seem to be organised in a 4-1-4-1 formation.


 GOAL! Manawatu take an early lead! Dale Higham whips in a corner and Seule Soromon is left unmarked to head home, terrible marking from the set-piece by the Waikato defence.


 GOAL! And just like that it's 1-1! Singh gets in behind the defence, he takes too long trying to open up his body and sidefoot it home, but Rory Turner is there to slide in and poke it home. The number nines exchanging strikes early on.


Parkinson provides a good cross into the area, Borren can't come and collect but Schrijvers balooned clearance proves sufficient.


 Sam Jasper goes into the book for a dangerous challenge, that's him suspended for the Auckland match.


Billy Scott has a great chance to put Manawatu back in front but his shot rolls harmlessly along the ground straight to a relieved Mann.


Two similar styles in play today, both sides own uncomprimising defenders who lack speed, while each team also has a quick striker who will be looking to exploit that. - Soromon for Manawatu and Singh for Waikato.


 Cowan is now in the book for scathing down Turner from behind.


 GOAL! Soromon does exploit that lack of pace, Cowan plays him through, Soromon skips around Mann, waits for Parkinson to come sliding past and taps it home, 2-1 Manawatu, a goalfest as predicted!


Mann does well to gather an audacious free kick from Higham, while at the other end Borren is lucky that Singh's charge-down of his attempted clearance goes wide.


Cooksley has an open volley 15 yards out but crashes it high over the bar.


Schrijvers goes up from a free-kick but is header is held by a sprawling Mann. Manawatu looking dangerous.


Soromon again beats Fowler for speed, he goes down in the box but referee Benischke rules there was no contact, looked like the correct decision. Soromon is unplayable at the moment for the static Waikato back four.


Raymond How goes down in the box after a challenge from Martens, Waikato claims for a penalty are rightly denied but Martens stays down, looks like a rolled ankle.


The Manawatu players go get a drinks break while Martens is being treated, but as he is off the field Benischke correctly lets Waikato take a corner, the Manawatu defenders scramble everywhere to avert the danger, lax play from Manawatu.


Waikato have a glorious chance to equalise just before the half as Dave Parkinson gets around the back, he cuts the ball back to Rory Turner in the middle but Jesse Smith gets in the way, Turner is livid. Not a half to remember for Smith.


And the players wander off to the sheds with the score at 2-1, a deserved lead for Manawatu with Waikato failing to deal with Soromon. Waikato coach Mark Cossey may be rethinking his decision to bench good passers Hobson-McVeigh and Franchini, as there has been no linking through the midfield, Singh and Turner have not received quality service.


After a minute's wait before Manawatu's man of the hour Soromon wandered out onto the pitch we're back underway, no changes to either side.


Waikato are seemingly desperate here, mixing strategies on the park as a short corner is followed by a long throw, both easily contained by the Manawatu defence.


Another butchered cross from Waikato, Jones' effort is straight at the keeper Borren.


SUBSTITUTE - Youngster Alex Rufer departs, Tom Mosquera comes on, another player Waikato will have to be wary of.


Varela is the new man in the book, Benischke signals it to be for multiple infringments.


 GOAL! And it couldn't have been any easier for Singh! Fowler's long clearance was inadvertantly headered into Singh's path by Cooksley, Borren was in no man's land and his back-tracking left an empty net for Singh to slot home into, Waikato are back in it!


SUBSTITUTE - Jesse Smith is off after a honking performance, Eder Franchini is on.


A strange decision sees Franchini in the book, must have been something said on the pitch which can't be heard up in the commentary box.


 And another, Raymond How is now also suspended for the Auckland encounter after he is adjudged to have held back Mosquera.


Jones has the ball in the net, but it's offside! The linesman is saying Singh, who hustled superbly to build up the goal, was offside originally, a very debatable decision!


SUBSTITUTE - After Fowler is called into action to head clear, Waikato make a sub - Maloney is on for Jones.


Nearly an incredible solo goal from Soromon! With five Waikato players converging on him, he manages to split them all, his attempted lob over Mann is deflected over.


An injury to Fowler turns to an impromtu drinks break once again, hot and typically muggy conditions here in Hamilton.


So nearly a goal for Waikato! Turner's shot from distance is palmed by Borren, but directly into the path of Singh, Cooksley comes across to block the shot from close range.


SUBSTITUTE - Jones is off for Brandt.


Hone Fowler plays Brandt onside, his shot beats Mann but goes just wide, a great chance for a potential winner blown!


Scott is now in the book for bringing down a charging Maloney on the wing.


Higham is one on one with Fowler but brilliant coverage from Fowler halts his run and eventually Fowler clears the ball, Waikato break but Martens is equally good in denying Margetts in the box.


Margetts strikes a vicious left-foot volley after a great cross from Parkinson, Borren dresses up a tip over the bar, good save nonetheless, end to end action!


The resulting corner goes to the back post, Fowler heads it back across goal but Varela's shot cannons into Parkinson in front of goal, Borren was unsighted, it would have been a sure goal!


Higham's shot from distance is well-hit, but Mann puts out a firm glove to put it out for a corner, both teams are tiring at the back, chances aplenty.


 GOAL! And there it is! Mann comes for the corner but can't collect it, it bounces around in the box and Sam Redwood is there to poke it home! Will that be the winner?!?


SUBSTITUTE - Last roll of the dice for Mark Cossey, Hobson-McVeigh is on for Varela.


Schrijvers's header is cleared off the line by Jasper, desperation defending from Waikato!


Singh beats everyone down the left, he uses the overlap to set up Margetts at the back stick but he woefully mistimes his shot, a terrible miss! 


Parkinson is rightfully angry after being penalised, and goes into the book for dissent.


Higham blasts one over from outside the box, timewasting a decent secondary option to a goal in this situation.


Borren saves Manawatu! Of all people, it's Raymond How with a screamer from distance, great save from Borren to push it wide, How buries his head in his shirt!


And that's how it ends, jubilation for Manawatu, heartbreak for Waikato as the final whistle blows, Manawatu earn a rare victory while the Waikato home curse continues.