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Team Wellington

Hawke's Bay United


ASB Premiership - Round 14
Saturday 23 February, 2013
David Farrington Park, Wellington



Luis Corrales (16)

Hamish Watson (29)

Adam McGeorge (35)

Hamish Watson (47)


Stephen Hoyle (38)

Dakota Lucas (45+some)



Halftime:    3-2                   Referee:     M. Benischke                       Crowd: 222


Capital defeat leaves Bay Waitakere semi final

by Cam Russell at David Farrington Park

WELLINGTON - Team Wellington has finished the season off in style after beating playoff bound Hawke’s Bay United 4-2 in the Capital.

The home side strolled to a 3-0 lead, but Hawke’s Bay kept their heads high and pulled the game back to 3-2 on the stroke of halftime. An early second-half goal was enough for Wellington to pick up the three points.

Luis Corrales broke the deadlock after 16 minutes when Hawke’s bay keeper Richard Gillespie fumbled a corner, and Wellingtons little Costa Rican was the quickest to react tapping it in.

Wellington’s goal scorer was forced off with injury just ten minutes later, but he was replaced by Hamish Watson, Wellingtons leading scorer.

The striker had an immediate impact when Dominic Rowe controlled a free-kick at the back post and managed to knock it back across to an open Watson who finished strongly.

Hawke’s Bay may have still been reeling from the second goal when they conceded a third after some sloppy play at the back.

Aaron Jones was dispossessed by Adam McGeorge, who confidently carried the ball into the box and finished the one-on-one chance.

The visitors kept their heads high and former Wellington player Dakota Lucas put through Stephen Hoyle in the box to pull a goal back.

Lucas then managed to nab a goal himself in first-half stoppage time when Wellington’s debut goalkeeper Daniel Clarke couldn’t deal with a free-kick, but there was debate he was fouled in the process.

Wellington restored a two goal advantage at the beginning of the second-half when Hamish Watson showed some dazzling footwork in the box before coolly finishing the chance.

Both sides then began trading opportunities as the game started to open up, and Dakota Lucas almost had his second before his shot on the edge of the box was turned around the post by Clarke.

The match finished with both sides cursing their finishing, but the home side came away deserved winners.

Wellington coach Matt Calcott was happy with the result, but was ultimately proud of his team’s efforts since the Christmas break.

“I’m just satisfied with the second round, you know the last seven games,” says Calcott.

“We managed to win five, and the two defeats were last minute loses against Auckland City,”

“I am happy with the performance today; we wanted to finish strong and on a positive note.”

Calcott was pleased with the character his side showed in the second-half to keep out Hawke’s Bay, as the visitors certainly had momentum finishing the first-half.

“We easily could have come out a bit nervous but we’ve come out and done well,”

“We created a lot of chances, which is great to see, and the only negative from today is that we haven’t made it into the playoffs.”

Wellington had nothing but pride to play for today and in a short 14 league game season, Calcott’s side was left to rue earlier performances affecting their playoff chances, and agrees that if the season was a month longer they could have finished in a top four placing.

“We knew things haven’t gone as well as they could of, we wanted to make sure we put on a good showing and finish the season on 21 points,”

“Historically 21 points has been able to get you to the playoffs, and those seven wins could have got us there in a different season,”

“With everything that’s gone on this year we’ve come through it, finished strong which is really positive, but congratulations to Hawke’s Bay because they’ve kind of picked us to the playoffs and best of luck to them next week.”

Hawkes Bay will take positives from the fight they showed after going down three goals, but coach Chris Greatholder will hope to see his side sure up their defensive issues at the back before starting their playoff run

Today’s result has left Greatholder’s team with the tough job of beating defending champions Waitakere United in the two-legged semi-final.

The Bay’s only defeat at home this year came against Waitakere, and they lost the away game 3-1 back in December.
Greatholder has faith in his team, and midweek said he had “every belief now that this bunch of players can win the competition.”




Team Sheet

Team Wellington


Hawke's Bay United

25- Dan CLARKE (GK)

1-Richard GILLESPIE (GK)


2- Aaron JONES(off 74)

13- Karl WHALEN (off 54)

6- Stephen HINDMARCH (off 55)

18-Tom DOYLE (off 83)


20- Luke ROWE

10- Stephen HOYLE


12- Harley RODEKA


17- Fergus NEIL

10- Henry FA'ARODO

18- Dakota LUCAS

21- Justin GULLEY


15- Luis CORRALES(off 24)

21- Matt BRUIN (off 78)

14- Dominic ROWE





26- Danyon DRAKE (GK)

3- Jamie DUNCAN

14- Jerome GROOT (on 55)

22- Hamish WATSON (on 24)

20- Conor TINNION

23- Tom BISS (on 83)

15-Ross HAVILAND (on 74)

24- Alec SOLOMONS (on 54)

22- Angus KILKOLLY (on 78)


=yellow card

=2 yellow cards

= red card

Play by Play


Welcome to David Farrington Park, Wellington, for today's ASB Premiership Round 14 match between Team Wellington and third-place chasers Hawke's Bay United. Another gorgeous day in Wellington (is there ever anything else?).  Blue skies, stunning pitch, gentle Southerly and no one in the stands.

Hawkes Bay in their Aston Villa away kit.  A few changes, no Sean Lovemore for Hawkes Bay and Scott Basalaj has the week off as another of the Wellington keeper production line steps up in Dan Clarke. We've got a couple of Adelaide fans in today checking out ASB Prenmiership following our visit from Newcastle last time out.  


As is traditional we've started a couple of minutes early and Luis Corrales has an early chance, he's played in wide right and from a tight angle hits the crossbar.


Coralles again causing problems wide and chops it back to Gulley on the edge of the area who scuffs his shot.


Clarke has his first touch as he comes to the edge of the area


Rampaging run from Whalen down the right and cuts it in to Chettleburgh who sends it well over Gillespie's goal.


Lucas with pretty cynical challenge on Gulley just in the Hawkes Bay half.  The ref has words.


Doyle hits one well from just inside the half, but straight at Gillespie.


All the home side so far.  hawkes Bay have barely left their half in the first 15 minutes.


GOAL!  Corrales - From a corner Gillespie comes for the ball and misses, and it lands at Corrales feet and he calmly places it through the traffic.


Good tackle from Hindmarsh denies Corrales with a great last ditch tackle.  Could easily have been 2-0.


Then Fa'arodo collects a ball across the area but it gets stuck under his feet when he's through on goal, it deflects back to D. Rowe who shoots but it's deflected for a corner.  The corner sails over the area and out.


Great turn from Lucas as he latches on to a Doyle header that goes the wrong way but he then shoots wide.  Should have done better with the finish.


SUB : Corrales off for Hamish Watson.  Hawkes Bay will be breathing a sigh of relief.


Well worked move by team Wellington see's Whalen break down the right and drop in in to Chettleburgh who wraps the gift and presents it to Watson who hits it well but straight at Gillespie.


Rowe with a great tackle on the edge of the area as Hawkes Bay have their backs to goal and can't quite turn to engineer a shot.


GOAL - Watson.  The sub has had a good impact.  Free kick comes in across the area, headed back across goal by Dom Rowe and Watson is the first there and stabs it home.


All in here.  Hindmarsh has gone in hard and Chettleburgh is forced to jump out of the way.  Gulley who is nearby has words and Aaron Jones runs in before there are 15 people around the ball.  Dakota Lucas playes peacemaker as referee Benischke throws the Yellow around for all three incoled early.


Fa'arodo shoots from the edge of the area after a poor clearance from a corner, he sends it inches over from the edge of the area.


GOAL - Aaron Jones is dispossessed by McGeorge and he carries on and calmly slots it under Gillespie. 3-0.


GOAL - Stephen Hoyle.  Lovely play from Lucas plays him in and he finishes clamly past Clarke.


Rowe plays in Fa'arodo on the side of the area but he's crowded out before support can get in for his cross.


Rodeka breaks in to the area and a last ditch tackle puts it out for a corner.  The resulting corner is long and headed down but Clarke gets a foot in just ahead of Rodeka and gives away another corner.


One minute of extra time.

Daniel Clarke spills one - Dakota Lucas with the goal. 3-2 at the half.


GOAL - Hamish Watson with some skills there.He's picked the ball up of Rowe  and gone around two men before a calm finish.


Nice ball in just clears Dom Rowe's head with Gillespie in trouble.


Hindmarsh getting another lecture from referee Benischke after he is involved in a tussle with Watson.


SUB - Karl Whalen off for Alec Solomons.


SUB - Hindmarsh of before he earned another talking to.  Repalced by Jerome Groot.  Great name.


Sorry folks.  Bit distracted there.  Pretty even play with neither team creating a real clearcut chance.  Hawkes Bay just sent a ball long but it hit the back of the retiring Tom Doyle and was easily cleared.


Should have been five.  Matt Bruin with an awful giveaway and Fa'arodo get's on the end of it but from an angle hits the sidenetting.


At the other end Hawkes Bay break and Lucas who has been very impressive takes a solid shot which Clarke does very well to parry around the post.  Resulting corners not great.


Team Wellington again.  McGeorge sends it over after some slick play wide gives Fa'arodo the ball with his back to goal and he drops it to McGeorge.  he should have done better there.


Just Gulley who has been impressive plays Dom Rowe in with a great ball, he beats Gillespie but also beats the far post by inches.


Fergus Neal stitches up Chettleburgh in the back right corner  but can't get a good delivery in.  While at the other end a quick break sends Watson away but he trips over the ball.


SUB - Jones off for Haviland


Dakota Lucas dances around Solomons and then Schaeffers  and sends the ball across the area but a sharp stop by Clarke saves him.


SUB - Matt Bruin off - Angus Kilkelly on


SUB - Tom Doyle off for Tom Biss - We'll assume Biss isn't going to centre back.


Lucas is free and one on one and pushes it just over as Clarke comes at him.


Fa'arodo plays in three Hawkes Bay attackers, but Rodeka eschews the two other options ancd chooses to launch it well over instead.


Great touch by Dom Rowe through the defenders legs, but Hamish Watson - not for the first time - has strayed offside.


A minimum of three minutes extra time to be played.

...and that's all folks.  The home side deserved winners.  We'll see you back next season.