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Auckland City

Waikato FC


ASB Premiership - Round 13
Kiwitea Street, Auckland
Sunday 17 February, 2013


Gustavo Souto SAMPEDRO 11', 24'
Adam Dickinson 43'
Manel Exposito 46'
Emiliano Tade 59'
Chris Bale 89'

 Sunny Singh 55'



Halftime: 5-0                       Referee:Nick Waldron                                Crowd:874 


Auckland hit seven past Waikato

by Bob Pearce at Kiwitea Street

AUCKLAND - Auckland City cemented their second place in the ASB Premiership with a 7-1 footballing lesson for Waikato FC.
And one of the masters was their newest signing Gustavo Souto Sampedro, late of the Kazakhstan first division.
The 29-year-old Souto opened the scoring after 11 minutes with a routine finish after good build-up involving Adam Dickinson and Danko Koprivcic.

Thirteen minutes later he showed his class with a spectacular finish to a cross from James Pritchett that ranks among the best goals of the season at Kiwitea St.
Waikato, who had set out to frustrate the home team, were chasing shadows as Auckland varied their studied possession play with some longer balls that left the Waikato defence exposed far too often.
By halftime the game was lost as Auckland added goals by Alex Feneridis, Manel Exposito and Dickinson from the penalty spot after Souto had been held back by last defender Ray How.

How got his marching orders and Waikato’s task became even harder.
Down 5-0 and a man at the break the visitors showed some steel in the second half as they frustrated the Aucklanders with some brave defence, particularly by goalkeeper Jason Mann, whose body will bear the bruises of a series of blocked shots.
Sunny Singh spoiled Auckland’s clean sheet with a clever individual effort in the 55th minute when he rode an illegal tackle and had the ball in the net.

It took the intervention of the fourth official before the goal was confirmed.
Sure there were further goals for Auckland from substitute Emiliano Tade and a thunderous effort by Chris Bale, but Waikato showed great commitment in the second half to stem the flow.
“We knew how Auckland were going to play but we still couldn’t stop them,” said Waikato coach Mark Cossey.

“For the first 30 minutes they were on fire.
“At halftime I said let’s go and win the second half. We just had to show more commitment.
“We got that goal and we also managed to keep the ball in patches. The positive was we kept them down to scoring just the two goals.”
Cossey’s task will be to lift his team for what turns out to be their game of the season against Otago United with the losers condemned to the ASB Premiership wooden spoon.
Auckland coach Ramon Tribulietx was relieved that his team had emerged from a spell of tough games in quick succession with a performance of real class.
“There was a mental challenge to get back up again and it could have gone either way. But everything was very sharp. We started well and finished the game in the first half.
“Souto came to us after not playing since November and he’s still getting fit. He gets himself into very good positions on attack and also defends well.”
Tribulietx could be tempted to rest players against YoungHeart Manawatu next weekend but he is wary of losing the competitive edge in his team.


Team Sheet

Auckland City


Waikato FC

1- Jacob SPOONLEY (GK)

12- Jason MANN (GK)


5- Eder FRANCHINI (Jones 57')

8- Chris BALE


9- Manel EXPOSITO (Browne 60')

23- Hone FOWLER




9- Rory TURNER



15- Ivan VICELICH (c)


17- Pedro Santa Cecilia GARCIA

15- Van EWART (Luque 46)

22- Andrew MILNE (Iwata 70)

7- Gurjeep SINGH (Molony 85')

10- Gustavo Souto SAMPEDRO  (Tade 52')

21- Ray HOW



12- Tamati WILLIAMS (GK)

10- Mark JONES

2- Simon ARMS

25- Neil MOUNCHER (GK)

3- Takuya IWATA

4- Adam LUQUE

21- David BROWNE

17- Wade MOLONY

20- Emiliano TADE



=yellow card

=2 yellow cards

= red card

Play by Play

40 mins

Previous 40 disappeared into the ether. Goals to Souto 2 and Feneridis, only one worthwhile shot by Waikato

43 mins

Penalty Auckland after Souto held back in area. Red card  as last man for How

45 mins

GOAL! Dickinson converts penalty

45 plus one

 GOAL!Auckland shred defence again and Exposito joins scorers

Waikato changes Van Ewart off Adam Luque on

47 mins

Auckland back on the attack Bale gets in shot well saved.

49 mins

Freekick Auckland edge of area, Garcia takes, well cleared.

52 mins

Souto off, Tade on

55 mins

GOAL!Singh has ball in net after tricky run, debate with 4th official goal awarded

59 mins

GOAL! Tade volleys home after goalie parries Feneridis header.

62 mins

Feneridis freekick sails over the bar.

70 mins

Iwata on for Milne

72 mins

Koprivcic shot cleared by Jonesoff the line.

77 mins

Dickinson shot deflected wide by Fowler

79 mins

Garcia shoots just wide, wants freekick, ref unmoved

80 mins

Garcia shots blocked twice, brave defending by Mann

85 mins

Singh off, Molony on

86 mins

Bale freekick touched round post.

87 mins

Tade hits post from narrow angle.

89 mins

Browne thwarted twice, earns corner

90 mins

GOAL! Bale drives powerfully from edge of area, goalie no chance

Four mins to be added.

Full Time whistle. Auckland now certain of second place.