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NZFC - Round 3, English Park, 18 November 2007
Blair Scoullar 16
Chris Bale 2
Halftime: 1 - 3 Referee: Jamie Cross Crowd: 450
by Gavin Searle at English Park
Waitakere United's experience proved too strong for the youthful Canterbury Dragons when the West Auckland side won 3-1, to collect their second away win on the trot.
The game started at a hectic pace with all the goals coming in the first 26 minutes.
Waitakere opened the scoring in just the second minute when Welsh import Chris Bale scored.
Waitakere’s captain Danny Hay was allowed too much room when he headed home to double the lead after 15 minutes but Canterbury hit back immediately.
Ryan Faichnie – making his NZFC debut – found Dave Walker in space, with the Waitakere bench looking for an offside flag. Walker squared the ball to unmarked Blair Scoullar to score.
Ten minutes later Allan Pearce* got what proved to be the final goal, meeting a cross from Darren Bazeley.
The home side lost goal-scorer Scoullar with a calf injury just before the break but showed more fight in the second half. Their cause was not helped however, when vice captain Andy Pitman received a red card for a studs-up challenge after 72 minutes.
To compound their troubles, Canterbury also lost defender Bill Robertson late in the game after a head clash.
“We played with real fluidity,” was how Waitakere manager, Chris Milicich summed up his sides performance.
“We are restricting sides to next to nothing”, added Milicich when talking about the defensive work.
Canterbury coach, Danny Halligan felt his side had “showed them too much respect early on” but was pleased with his side’s second half performance.
The Dragons now find themselves in a battle at the bottom of the table along with Manawatu, Otago and Waikato who they face at home in the next round in a ‘six pointer’. With Pitman already sidelined for the game the Canterbury management will be waiting with baited breath on the medical update on the condition of both Scoullar and Robertson.
*Initally the goal had been credited to Benjamin Totori but official match reports revealed it the goal had been credited to Pearce.
Photos: Kevin Clarke www.cmgsport.co.nz
NZFC - Round 3, English Park
Sun Nov 18, 2007
1. Adam Highfield (GK)
22. Simon Eaddy (GK) (off 86 min)
3. Andy Pitman
2. Jonathan Perry
4. Bill Robertson (off 86 min)
5. Danny Hay (Capt) (off 82 min)
5. Michael Bothwell
6. Darren Bazeley
8. Blair Scoullar (off 42 min)
7. Jason Hayne
9. Dave Walker
9. Benjamin Totori
10. Stuart Kelly (Capt)
10. Allan Pearce
12. Jeremy Wild
11. Neil Sykes
17. Ryan Faichnie
13. Daniel Koprivcic (off 76)
19. Matt Boyd
15. Chris Bale
21. Sam Jasper (off 69 min)
33. Paul Seaman
7. Michael Fifii
1. Richard Gillespie (GK, on 86 min)
13. Rhys Parker (on 86 min)
3. Shane Pascoe (on 82 min)
16. Yusaku Okubo (on 42 min)
8. Commins Menapi (on 76 min)
22. Jordan Ashton (RGK)
14. Hoani Edwards
23. Gareth Turnbull (on 69 min)
=2 yellow cards
= red card
GOAL!!! Canterbury kick off in fine conditions but Waitakere quickly win ball and sweep in to attack and score after 93 seconds to Chris Bale 0 - 1
GOAL!!! Waitakere double lead when Danny Hay heads home from free-kick 0 - 2
GOAL!!! Canterbury strike back immediately with a good build up with Ryan Faichnie finding an unmarked Dave Walker who cross's to Blair Scoullar to reduce margin 1 - 2
Shot from Walker tests Simon Eaddy who saves at second attempt
GOAL!!! Cross from Darren Bazeley met by Allan Pearce to extend Waikatere's lead to 1 - 3
Faichnie shots over bar for Canterbury after good build up
Scoullar limps off replaced by Okubo Yusaku
Bill Robertson blocks shot from Totori
Half time Canterbury 1 Waitakere 3
Michael Bothwell yellow card for pulling opponent back
Sixty metre pass from Matt Boyd nearly finds Stu Kelly in front of goal but Hay back to clear danger
Sam Jasper Canterbury replaced by Gareth Turnbull
Play delayed for several minutes after head clash between Highfield and Hay. Both players OK
RED CARD!!! Andy Pitman receives a straight red card for a studs up tackle
Waitakere replaces Daniel Koprivcic with Commins Menapi
Waitakere go to bench again with Shane Pascoe replacing Hay
Canterbury forced to bench after Bill Robertson in head clash with Menapi, Rhys Parker replaced Robertson
Waitakere replaces Eaddy in goal with Richard Gillespie
Into stoppage time
Highfield saves at feet of Totori after great run into area
Canterbury 1 Waitakere 3