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YoungHeart Manawatu

Canterbury United


NZFC - Round 7, FMG Stadium,  16 December 2007


Ian Robinson 7, 59 
Ian Sandbrook 73  

Ryan Faichnie 42
Rhodri Payne 77



Halftime:              1-1         Referee:               Kevin Stolenkamp                 Crowd: 300


Ian double-act gets YoungHeart back on track

by Jonathan Galuszka at FMG Stadium

Ian Robinson savours half of his two goal brace. Photo: Rowena DuncumGoals from Ian Sandbrook and Ian Robinson steered YoungHeart Manawatu to a 3-2 victory over Canterbury United Dragons at FMG Stadium in Palmerston North today to get YoungHeart’s season back on track.

However, the game was far from memorable for either team, with YoungHeart taking their time to put the game beyond doubt.

“I think we should have killed the game as a contest a lot earlier,” said YoungHeart coach Shane Rufer. “We made it hard for ourselves.”

“However, I’m happy with the three points.”

YoungHeart failed to stamp a solid dominance on the game, even though Ian Robinson gave them the perfect start by blasting a free kick past Canterbury keeper Adam Highfield in the seventh minute.

Dominic Rowe could have doubled their score just two minutes later but put the ball wide when one-on-one with Highfield. That was only the beginning of Rowe’s woes, going on to miss many more golden opportunities.

“We’re better than that. But we make a few mistakes and we get a bit of uncertainty,” said Rufer.

“We still need to find our wish team, wish combinations and wish formation. Once we do that, players will begin to find form.”

It took until the 42nd minute for Canterbury to find the back of the net, with Ryan Faichnie blasting one past a diving Michael Utting from 25 yards out.

Dominic Rowe (left) beats Adam Highfield to the punch. Photo: Rowena DuncumDuring the rest of the first half and the beginning of the second half, YoungHeart continued to get forward in numbers but failed to find that elusive finishing touch from strikers Dominic Rowe and Osea Vakatalesau who either put the ball wide or were kept from getting a shot off by the Canterbury defence.

“I think that we managed to defend really well,” said Canterbury coach Danny Halligan. “We got men behind the ball and managed to shut them down when we could.”

However, in the 59th minute, Robinson managed to latch onto a through ball and place it into the bottom corner of the net, giving YoungHeart the lead once again.

This was followed 14 minutes later by an Ian Sandbrook strike from 18 yards out that found the back of the net.

Canterbury managed to pull on back quickly, with good build up play putting new signing Rhodri Payne one-on-one with Utting where he made no mistakes.

Canterbury kept on pressing forward, looking for the equaliser, but could not find it.

Peni Finau rises above the crowd. Photo: Rowena DuncumCanterbury coach Danny Halligan was upbeat about his players' performances today, even though this was their seventh game in a row without a win – a new club record.

“It was a scrappy game today that rarely produced any quality football. However, there was always only a goal in it,” he said.

“I’m not one to go pointing the finger [at specific players]. We worked hard and managed to penetrate their defence of various occasions.”

Although Rufer was not happy with his team’s performance, he was positive about the performances of Sandbrook and Robinson.

“When the two Ian’s are on form, YoungHeart Manawatu is on form. It’s as simple as that,” said Rufer.

Both coaches also hinted today at their plans for when the transfer window opens on February 11.

Bill Robertson (right) closes down Dominic Rowe's shot. Photo: Rowena Duncum“YoungHeart is always interested with who is available when the transfer window opens,” Rufer hinted.

“There may be some new players coming into the club.”

Danny Halligan, however, had a different take on the transfer window.

“Just because you are losing doesn’t mean that we should just tell our players to leave and bring in new ones. It just doesn’t work like that,” he said.

“We will continue to work with the players that we have and continue to build their experience.”

Photos: Rowena Duncum 


Team Sheet

YoungHeart Manawatu


Canterbury United

19 Michael Utting (GK)

1 Adam Highfield (GK)

3 Pablo Yackson

2 Glen Squire

4 Peni Finau

3 Andy Pitman

5 Trent Watson

4 Bill Robertson

9 Osea Vakatalesau ( 82)

8 Blair Scoullar

11 Ian Sandbrook

10 Stuart Kelly

12 Nick Roydhouse ( 90+3)

12 Jeremy Wild

16 Ian Robinson

15 Rhodri Payne

17 Dominic Rowe ( 85)

17 Ryan Faichnie ( 85)

21 Tim Richardson

19 Matt Boyd

23 Scott Robson

21 Sam Jasper ( 65 min)



1 Andrew Bailey (GK)

22 Michael  O'Keeffe (GK)

7 Gouzalo Nieres ( 82)

6 Garry McDermott

8 Nathan Cooksley ( 90+3)

7 Michael Fifii ( 85)

14 Daniel Aliaga

11 Tom Lancaster ( 65)

15 Prince Quansah ( 85)




= Sub On

 = Sub Off

=yellow card

=2 yellow cards

= red card


Play by Play



It is a beautiful day for a game of football with clear skies and a light breeze blowing down the ground. Adam Cowan is missing from YoungHeart's lineup due to suspension, but they welcome back Osea Vakatalesau from his suspension.

0 min

YoungHeart playing with the wind this half.

3 min

YoungHeart get an early corner. Robinson curls it out.

5 min

Robinson tripped on the edge of the Canterbury area. Free kick to YoungHeart.

7 min

GOAL! Robinson beats Highfield with a beautiful free kick. 1-0 YoungHeart.

9 min

Dominic Rowe gets one-on-one with the keeper but chips it wide of the goal.

11 min

Canterbury get a chance with a free kick 30 yards out.

11 min

Cross met with a bouncing header but goes wide.

14 min

Through ball from Sandbrook finds Rowe up front. Ball tackled away for a corner.

15 min

Looping header from Osea Vakatalesau is tipped over the bar by Highfield.

16 min

Canterbury counter-attack leads to a shot from Rhodri Payne. Easily saved by Utting.

22 min

Good buildup play by YoungHeart ends poorly with Tim Richardson's cross met by no one.

24 min

Ryan Faichnie gets a telling off for pushing. YoungHeart free kick goes wide of the inside post.

26 min

Yellow Card. Peni Finau picks up a yellow for a poor challenge on Blair Scoullar. Scoullar looks injured but recovers.

31 min

A brilliant through ball from Vakatalesau splits the defence but Canterbury keeper Highfield beats a chasing Sandbrook to the ball.

32 min

Glenn Squire looks to be in some grief on the touchline. Play continues otherwise.

33 min

Beautiful work from Vakatalesau sets Rowe up for a volley. Highfield pulls off a brilliant save in the bottom right corner. Vakatalesau puts a head over the bar from the resulting corner.

35 min

Yellow Card. Pablo Yackson gets a yellow for a silly challenge just outside his area.

40 min

Sandbrook has a dig from 35 yards out. Sails over the bar.

42 min

GOAL! Ryan Faichnie buries one with a cracking drive from 25 yards out. 1-1.

43 min

Yellow Card. Sam Jasper picks up a yellow for a poor challenge.

45 min + 2

Yellow Card. Vakatalesau picks up a yellow card for what seems a forgivealbe push on a Canterbury defender.


Halftime. The scores are locked but YoungHeart seem to be applying more pressure when they have the ball.

46 min

No changes to the teams at halftime. The wind seems to have picked up a little bit.

46 min

Rowe has a shot early but puts it wide and high of the near post.

52 min

Rowe gets a beautiful through ball from Yackson but puts it straight to the keeper. YoungHeart corner.

54 min

Robinson puts in a low cross for Rowe who puts it wide. He has really left his shooting boots at home today.

56 min

Slack option taking by Vakatalesau in the box leaves YoungHeart with another wasted opportunity.

59 min

GOAL! Robinson latches onto a through ball and places it into the bottom left corner of the net. 2-1.

61 min

Vakatalesau should have added another but manages to hook the ball into the pitch with just the keeper to beat.

63 min

Vakatalesau and Jasper clash heads. Boyd comes off worse and is on the ground getting medical attention.

65 min

SUB Jasper is off for Lancaster.

66 min

Vakatalesau beats the keeper but has one cleared off the line.

70 min

Vakatalesau sets himself for a shot but is thwarted by clever Canterbury defending. YoungHeart's strikers just don't seem to be able to finish today.

71 min

Scott Robson has a clear sideline to run down but somehow trips himself up on the ball.

73 min

GOAL! Ian Sandbrook places one into the back of the net from just outside the 18 yard area. 3-1.

77 min

GOAL! Rhodri Payne gets one-on-one with Utting and finishes on the near post. 3-2.

82 min

SUB Gouzalo Nieres on for Vakatalesau

83 min

Yellow Card. Glenn Squire picks up a yellow card. Robinson puts the free kick high over the bar.

85 min

SUB Dominic Rowe goes off for Prince Quansah

SUB Ryan Faichnie goes off for Michael Fifii.

87 min

Nieres puts a cross across the face of the goal but no one latches onto it.

90 min

Jeremy Wild puts a looping shot on goal from the touchline that just sails over the bar.

90 + 1 min

Roydhouse wins a corner for YoungHeart. Highfield watches the header from the corner bounce off the top of the bar.

90 + 3 min

SUB Roydhouse leaves the field for Nathan Cooksley

90 + 5 min

Fulltime. 3-2. YoungHeart - despite slack finishing - get the result they deserve.