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Hawke's Bay United
NZFC - Round 3, Park Island, Sat 17 November
Halftime: 0-0 Referee: James Thian Crowd: 1200
by Hamish Bidwell at Park Island
It's fair to say referee James Thian will be buying his own drinks in the Hawke's Bay United clubrooms tonight. Even a local official reckoned he'd heckled one of his own for the first time today.
To say his performance left a lot of to be desired, would be an understatement. This was a passionate local derby between two sides with designs on the New Zealand Football Championship playoffs and Thian was not up to the occasion.
A straight red for Stuart Hogg, when the players were scuffling on two fronts, and six yellow cards would indicate he wasn't in control.
Things had been testy for some time, with the Hogg brothers (Stuart and Ian) the target for a good deal of chat from the YoungHeart Manawatu players. But matters reached an ugly head when Hawke's Bay United striker Jeremy Brockie had a 51st minute goal disallowed.
Ian Sandbrook had just cleared the ball off the line, after Graham Fyfe beat Michael Utting in goal. The ball pin-balled about, cannoning off a Manawatu player and in to Brockie's path. He scored, Thian pointed to halfway and Hawke's Bay began their celebrations.
Only linesman Condrad Dickinson-Burrows' flag was up, for an apparent offside by Fyfe, and Thian called them back.
Any semblence of referee control was gone, the players took things in to the own hands and when linesman Glen Lochrie spied an retatliatory butt from Stuart Hogg, the Hawke's Bay player saw red.
"We had a perfectly good goal disallowed and it's cost us the game," Hawke's Bay coach Jonathan Gould said.
"It's definitely the difference in the end and means we've ended up with one point, instead of three."
"The send off? I didn't see anything," opposite number Shane Rufer said.
"I rarely, rarely comment on referees and I won't this time, either. As for the disallowed goal, well it must have been offside."
Having gone pointless in their first two outings, Rufer was at least happy to be on the board.
"We wanted to win. We didn't, but we have improved on our first two games," he said.
"My opinion is that Auckland, Waitakere, Wellington, Hawke's Bay and ourselves are the five teams that will fight out the top three places, but the league is very, very even."
For the home side, Cole Peverley was again their best, with goalkeper Mitch O'Brien also impressive. Utting pulled off a couple of fine saves for Manawatu, while Adam Cowan was lively throughout.
Hawke's Bay are back on the road again next Sunday, this time away to Team Wellington, whle YoungHeart Manawatu return to FMG Stadium in Palmerston North to welcome Otago United.
Photo: John Cowpland www.alphapix.co.nz
Hawke's Bay United
NZFC - Round 3,
Sat Nov 17, 2007
1 Mitch O'Brien
19 Michael Utting
3 Cole Peverley
5 Trent Watson (off 62)
5 Campbell Parkin
3 Pablo Yackson
6 Ian Hogg
23 Scott Robson
9 Sam Messam (off 83)
16 Ian Robinson
10 Jeremy Brockie (off 79)
11 Ian Sandbrook
11 Graham Fyfe
15 Prince Quansah (off 74)
13 Leon Birnie (off 3)
12 Nick Roydhouse (off 79)
15 Stuart Hogg
20 Adam Cowan
16 Jimmy Cudd
7 Gonsales Nieres
20 Sam Jenkins
17 Dominic Rowe
4 Greig Henslee (on 3)
22 Yuki Tomomatsu (on 79)
12 Dean Johnston
8 Nathan Cooksley (on 62)
17 David Gearey (on 79)
21 Tim Richardson (on 74)
19 Jonathan Taylor (on 83)
10 Gustavo Suralegui
23 Scott Dunn (RGK)
1 Andrew Bradley (RGK)
=2 yellow cards
= red card
Fyfe cross, Brockie can't get a touch
Birnie off for Henslee
Utting saves one-on-one with Brockie
Utting saves Henslee header from Brockie cross
Cowan shoots straight at O'Brien
Ian Hogg plays in Messam, who botches chance
Jenkins cross eludes everyone
Fyfe chips on to roof of net from 30 metres
O'Brien caught off line, gets back to tip over Cowan chip
Cowan heads just over from Robinson corner
News in from Port Vila, All Whites beat Vanuatu 2-1
Sanbrook clears Fyfe shot off line. Melee ensues, Brockie scores, assistant ref disallows. Home crowd indignant
Red card! Fracas. Players squabbling, Stuart Hogg gets straight red on linesman's say-so
Cooksley on for Watson
Messam knocked over in box. Play on, despite the howls
Yellow for Ian Hogg
Sub: Richardson on for Quansah
Peverley clears off line,
Sub both sides: Gearey on for Brockie (HBU) and Tomomatsu for Roydhouse (YHM)
Taylor for Messam
Yellow for Taylor
Fulltime: 0-0. Referee Thian given security escort off the ground