ASB Premiership - Round 13
ASB Football Park, Christchurch
Sunday 17 February, 2013
Scorers Clapham 11, 70 & 82, Kamo 59
Scorers Soromon 33
Halftime: 1 - 1 Referee: Matt Conger Crowd: 375
by Gavin Searle at ASB Football Park
But despite the comfortable margin of victory, Manawatu contributed much to a close contest with the visitors certainly not the worst side to visit Christchurch this season.
In a game that featured three penalty kicks, this fixture could have been a real ‘banana skin’ affair for the Dragons who went into the match as firm favourites having already secured a play-off spot.
But they come up against a well organised YoungHeart Manawatu side that were solid in defence and certainly belied their position on the table.
The first half saw both sides trade penalty blows, the first to Canterbury when Wellbourn was clear on goal then bundled over with Aaron Clapham firing the ball home after 11 minutes.
Some 22 minutes later and a push by Tom Schwarz on a Manawatu player resulted in Seule Soromon equalising from the penalty mark.
That goal boost and Manawatu keeper Matthew Borren also producing some excellent saves, kept YoungHeart in the game at the break.
But as has happened to Manawatu only too many times in the past, their opponents found a way to breach their defences.
On the hour Ken Yamamoto stole the ball off a Manawatu defender, then ran into area to shoot, with Borren parrying the ball away only as far as Russell Kamo who restored Canterbury's lead.
Manawatu then had a purple patch were they could have levelled but the game turned when Clapham laced home a brilliant strike for just outside the area which gave Borren no chance.
Eight minutes from the end Chapham collected his hat-trick - his tenth goal of the season, when he converted his second penalty of the game for a ‘soft’ hand ball decision by referee, Matt Conger, who waved away a more clear cut penalty minutes later when Kamo was upended.
“We made hard work of it”, said Canterbury coach Keith Braithwaite after the game.
“We had to step up in the second half because Manawatu made it difficult for us in the first half," he said, "Everyone felt we were going to win easily but it was the sort of game that could back fire on you”.
Another bonus for Braithwaite was the return of Dan Terris to competitive action.
“It was good to get Dan (Terris) back on the park in the second half after a long injury but we will lose Tom (Schwarz) for the next game after he picked up a fourth caution”, said the former All White.
Braithwaite's opposite number Stu Jacobs was satisfied with his side's approach in the first half, but lamented the second penalty decision.
“I felt we defending well in the first half”, said Jacobs.
“But the second penalty was the turning point as you are always in the game a 2–1, but at 3–1 you are battling.
“When you look at the scoreboard it has not been kind to us this season and it was the same today”, reflected Jacobs.
YoungHeart Manawatu face Auckland City at home in the final round of action knowing that defeat could mean a third consecutive ASB Premiership wooden spoon, and a fourth in nine seasons.
For Canterbury, today's win lifted them into third place on the table and a win over Waitakere in Whenuapai next Sunday would confirm the Dragons playoff destiny, a semi-final showdown with Auckland City.
22. Adam Highfield
1. Matthew Borren
4. Nick Wortelboer
4. Kade Schrijvers (c)
5. Tom Schwarz
8. Nathan Cooksley
8. Aaron Clapham(c)
7. Josh Chettleburgh
9. Russell Kamo
12. Khair Jones
12. Andy Barton (out 65)
14. Tyson Brandt (out 61)
14. Josh Smith (out 56)
15. Billy Scott
15. Julyan Collett
18. Dale Higham
16. Ash Wellbourn
20. Sam Redwood
19. Louie Bush (out 77)
22. Grant Robson (out 77)
20. Ken Yamamoto
9. Seule Soroman
2. Dan Terris (in 77)
23. Alex Rufer (in 61)
6. Chris Murphy (in 56)
19. Ben Wilkes
11. Michael Fifi (in 65)
11. Tom Mosquera (in 77)
13. Nathan Knox
10. Seuley Cissoko
1. Danny Knight (rgk)
=2 yellow cards
= red card
Play by Play
-20 mins Welcome to ASB Football Park were there will be a 10 minute delay due to a late flight for some of the YH Manawatu flying in from Wellington.
1 min play underway in overcast conditions
5 mins no clear chances as yet
10 mins YHM win free-kick cleared
11 mins GOAL Canty 1 YHM 0 Wellbourn clear in area brought down Clapham scores from penalty spot
20 mins Canty win first corner of game ball cleared off line for another corner
22 mins Borren great parry to deny Kamo
27 mins Great through ball from Wellbourn to Barton but Borren another great save
33 mins GOAL Canty 1 YHM 1 penalty for push by Schwarz who receives yellow card- Soromon give Highfield no chance
38 mins Canty put ball in net but pulled back for off-side
44 mins YHM free-kick to right of goal but comes to nothing
45 mins 2 mins added time
HT Canty 1 YHM 1 after a slow start entertaining game in the making
46 mins Play back underway with Canty needing the win if they want to put pressure on Hawkes Bay for third place but YHM still in the game
49 mins Early chance to Canty but Wellbourn blast over bar
50 mins Schrijvers heads just over bar from YHM free-kick after foul see's Collett name into refs book
56 mins Canty sub Murphy on for Smith
58 mins YHM pressing hard
60 mins GOAL Canty 2 YHM 1 Kamo scores from rebound after Borren blocks shot from Yamamotono
61 mins Sub for YHM Rufer on for Bryant
65 mins Sub for Canty Fifi on for Barton
70 mins GOAL Canty 3 YHM 1 Brillant stike from Clapham from 22 metres out
77 mins Sub for Canty Terris for Bush
77 mins Sub for YHM Mosquera for Robson
82 mins GOAL Canty 4 YHM 1 Chapham scores his 2nd penalty - awarded for hand ball
90 mins 4 mins of added time
FT Canty 4 YHM 1 with Canty now in third place. Report to follow