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Grand Final

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Auckland
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Sun 16 Mar, 2.35pm, 2014
Kiwitea St, Sandringham

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Auckland City

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NZFC - Round 7, Newtown Park,  15 December 2007

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Wiremu Patrick 16

Eliezer Anello 51

 

 

 Halftime: 1-0                       Referee:  Matthew Conger        Crowd: 800

 

Top two can't be separated

by Gordon Irving at Newtown Park
nzfc.co.nz

Auckland's Bryan Little and Wellington's Adam Birch tussle for the ball. Photo: Tim HalesTeam Wellington and Auckland City headed into today’s top of the table encounter at Newtown Park as the only two unbeaten sides in the league and after 90 minutes nothing had changed after a 1-1 draw in front of 800 spectators on another warm Wellington evening.

After a cagey opening 15 minutes, the home team took the early advantage after a sweeping move down the field was finished off with a thundering shot from Wiremu Patrick. Patrick’s effort from the edge of the box, after a one two with Graham Little, looped over the head of Tamati Williams in the Auckland goal.

That goal gave the home side the early impetus and they pushed on for a second before halftime with Little coming close on a couple of occasions. Little was causing all manner of problems down Auckland’s left flank and was a constant menace to Rupesh Puna.

However it was Auckland that had the chance to level things going into the break. Awarded a penalty with time up in the first half, the usually reliable Keryn Jordan hit his spot kick at a comfortable height to the right of Wellington keeper Phil Imray. Choosing the correct way to dive, Imray was able to claw the ball away and preserve the Wellington advantage at the break.

Auckland celebrate Anello's equaliser. Photo: Tim HalesThe visitors didn’t appear to let the missed penalty affect them in the second spell and started much the stronger of the two teams.

Within five minutes Auckland were level. After a corner, Imray turned away a rasping drive but it fell to the feet of Eliezer Anello just six metres out, who managed to find the corner of the Wellington net.

Auckland coach Colin Tuaa reckons he said nothing out of the ordinary at halftime to break his side out of their first half slumbers.

“In the first half we got a bit frustrated with the ref and we just couldn't get into any sort of rhythm and so we needed some calm heads in the second spell and I think the players delivered."

The second half resembled a procession as Auckland poured forward looking for the victory and but for the talents of Imray between the sticks, the points could have been heading back to the Queen city.

Phil Imray backed up a penalty save with this late acrobatic effort to keep Wellington level. Photo: Tm HalesAt the end of 90 minutes the two coaches had differing views on sharing the points.

“We'll take the point,” said Team Wellington’s Stu Jacobs.

“It's the sort of point that wins leagues. Auckland played some good football and have some good players and there were patches in the second half where we just couldn't keep the ball."

However Tuaa wasn’t quite as happy as his Wellington counterpart.

“"I feel it's two points we've given away. In the second half we dominated the game but we just weren't clinical enough in the box and Phil (Imray) made a great save at the end," said Tuaa.

While Auckland take a Christmas break now, Team Wellington have the chance to go back to the top of the league when they entertain Waitakere at Newtown Park next Sunday.

Photos: Tim Hales

What the coaches said:

Team Wellington coach Stu Jacobs:

“We'll take the point. It's the sort of point that wins leagues. Auckland played some good football and have some good players and there were patches in the second half where we just couldn't keep the ball."

"In the second half we went into our shell and it's something that we have to work on. We have to come out for the second half like we start the first."

"At the end of the day I'm happy. We get to come back here next weekend to play Waitakere with a chance to go top again, so it's all positive."

Auckland City Coach Colin Tuaa:

“"I feel it's two points we've given away. In the second half we dominated the game but we just weren't clinical enough in the box and Phil (Imray) made a great save at the end."

“In the first half we got a bit frustrated with the ref and we just couldn't get into any sort of rhythm and so we needed some calm heads in the second spell and I think the players delivered."

"But overall I have to be pleased with where we are after seven games. We're unbeaten and there's a long way to go. We are still working on combinations and things aren't quite there yet but they are getting better."

 

Team Sheet

Team Wellington


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Auckland City


24 Phil Imray

GK Tamati Williams

2 Sam Peters

5 Ben Sigmund

19 Sean Douglas ( 67)

6 Ki Hyung Lee

13 Karl Whalen

7 James Pritchett ( 83)

5 Peter Howe

14 Keryn Jordan ( 55)

6 Adam Birch

15 Jeff Campbell

8 Mike Wilson

17 Bryan Little

10 Luis Corrales ( 55)

18 Henry Fa'arodo ( 67)

15 Graham Little

20 Greg Uhlmann

16 Raf de Gregorio

23 Eliezer Anello

17 Wiremu Patrick

26 Rupesh Puna

Substitutes

Substitutes

18 Peter Halstead

1 Ross Nicholson

1 Dylan Hall

8 Chad Coombes ( 67)

3 Steve Gulley

9 Paul Urlovic

9 Daniel Ellensohn ( 55)

10 Grant Young ( 55)

11 George Barbarouses ( 67)

11 Luiz del Monte ( 83)

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= Sub On

 = Sub Off

=yellow card

=2 yellow cards

= red card

 

 

Play by Play

It's another warm and humid day in Wellington for this evening's top of the table clash between the two unbeaten sides in the league, Team Wellington and Auckland City.

The big news from the home side is that Daniel Ellensohn is in the squad and will start off the bench this evening. This is Daniel's first game since getting injured while on international duty in Vanuatu.

An hour from kick off and the temperature is getting warmer at Newtown Park in readiness for tonight's big match.

0 mins

We're underway at Newtown Park in very warm conditions

3 mins

a cagey opening by both teams as they settle into the game but TW have a free kick in a dangerous position after a foul on Coralles

Free kick is too deep from de Gregorio and goes out for a goal kick

5 mins

Early drama as Tamati Williams collapses in Auckland penalty area but is up slowly and looks ok

8 mins

Pressure from Auckland as they force a couple of corners but TW survive

9 mins

Great ball from deep from Ben Sigmund sends Fa'arodo away but his shot is blocked

12 mins

Scrappy defending by TW and lucky to escape. Auckland dominating the early stages

16 mins

GOAL! 1-0 Great move down the middle of the field as TW carve Auckland open and a one two just outside the box is finished off with a cracking drive by Wiremu Patrick. TW leading 1-0

18 mins

No love lost between the brothers as TW's Graham Little crunches into a tackle with Auckland's Bryan

24 mins

Great chance for Graham Little to extend TW's lead but he fires over the bar from an acute angle

29 mins

TW have settled into their work and de Gregorio and Little are causing Auckland problems on the right flank

30 mins

First booking of the match as Auckland's Greg Uhlmann is carded for his tackle on Luis Corrales

37 mins

The match has become a battle of the midfields as the shadows lengthen at Newtown Park

38 mins

Dangerous free kick for Auckland in the middle of the park just outside the TW box

39 mins

Bryan Little's free kick drifts harmlessly over Imray's bar

41 mins

Confusion at the back for Auckland eventually away for a corner off Puna

42 mins

Second booking for Auckland to captain Ben Sigmund for a tackle from behind on Birch

45 mins

Appeals for a penalty from TW as Birch's effort is turned over the bar. Close for TW

45 mins

Chance at the other end as Ki Hyung Lee drives his shot wide from 18 metres

45 mins

Penalty to Auckland

45 mins 

SAVE!!! Great stop from Imray in the TW goal as Jordyn's penalty is clawed away and there goes the halftime whistle, what a way to end the half

HALFTIME TW lead Auckland 1-0

Second half is underway and how will that last minute penalty miss affect Auckland

46 mins

A chance for Jordyn to redeem himself early in the second half as he heads into the TW penalty area but his shot is weak

50 mins

Another chance for Jordyn but a last gasp saving tackle from Howe

51 mins

GOAL! 1-1 from the resulting corner Auckland equalise through Eliezer Anello

55 mins

Substition for both sides, TW replace Corrales with Ellensohn and Auckland replace Jordan with Grant Young

56 mins

Booking for TW Peter Howe

59 mins

Booking for Auckland's Puna

60 mins

Auckland have their tails up and looking to punish TW

67 mins

sub for Auckland with Coombes on for Fa'arodo and Barbarouses on for Douglas for TW

70 mins

Auckland starting to turn the screws on TW as the local team struggles to get out of their penalty area let alone their half

75 mins

Sweeping move from one end of the field to the other sees Campbell free in the TW box but his turn and shot flies over the bar - how long can TW withstand the onslaught?

79 mins

Another chance for Campbell but just hustled off the ball at the last

80 mins

Ellensohn bursts into the Auckland box but can't get his shot away

82 mins

Shouts for a TW penalty as Barbarouses goes down in the area but the ref gives a corner

85 mins

Five minutes to go and Auckland look the more likely to take the points as a cracking drive from Del Monte is turned away by TW's Imray

90 mins

Into the final minute and TW hanging on for a point

90+ mins

Late chance for TW as Ellensohn bursts into the box but he's cut off by Puna corner to TW

FULLTIME. It's all over at Newtown and the two top teams in the country can't be separated in a 1-1 draw but Auckland will go home the more disappointed of the teams after dominating the second half