NZFC - Round 8, Carisbrook, Saturday 5 January 2008
Chad Severs 55
Halftime: 0-0 Referee: Michael Hester Crowd:
by Rab Smith at Carisbrook
Derby matches between the two provinces always produce sparks, but they were electric blue lightning bolts as Otago dominated possession and sent their long suffering supports away hoarse and happy after snapping a 23-match winless streak dating back to Otago's 2-0 away to Hawke's Bay United in round five last season.
American striker Chad Severs was the toast of the town when he swiveled and powerfully struck a John Chisholm knockdown from a right wing corner in the 55th minute.
Severs also starred in the second goal when he accelerated through a gap in the Canterbury defence that could have accommodated a furniture van, then timed his pass perfectly for fellow American Terry Alvino to shoot Otago into a 2-0 lead after 64 minutes.
Coach Terry Phelan settled for a seat on the bench and promoted youngster Tristan Prattley into his left back position. Prattley responded with a polished performance.
“Our back four were superb," Phelan said "and that's the kind of platform you can build on. Big Kevin [Taylor] missed nothing, John Chisholm was dynamic – makes you wonder why he was not selected for the NZ Olympic trials – and both flanks were well covered by Prattley and Mike Smith."
But ‘steady at the back' has not won many matches for Otago, and there were inspired performances by strikers Aaron Burgess, Severs, and bursting through from midfield Andy Coburn and Ben Keat put Canty under the hammer.
Keat, especially, showed the positive mind set that hallmarks his winter form, and he launched several shots that brought the best out of Canterbury goalkeeper Adam Highfield.
Canterbury were well served by the Wil of the Wisp, Stu Kelly, as he prodded and passed through the home side, but the former Rangers signing lacked support.
The visitors jaded performance may also have been coloured by the fact that so many senior players have opted not to play in the NZFC, and as well as Kelly, midfielder Blair Scoullar is reportedly considering leaving.
Canterbury youngsters filled gaps, with Ryan Faichnie showing some dazzling skills, and fullback Jeremy Wild hitting pin point passes forward.
But striker Dave Walker’s comment that he rarely get touches of the ball, despite running his heart out – may explain the imbalance existing in Canterbury’s team shape.
Apart from a couple of Kelly shots, Otago goalkeeper Liam Little was hardly troubled by the visitors while, in contrast, one desperate Canterbury clearance cannoned off their own crossbar.
Otago fans enjoyed the controlled play that allowed Canterbury few touches in midfield, while general Thompson’s defence massed around the penalty area, then passed the ball out of danger.
Phelan said: "We started bright, and that’s important in a local derby. The lads were definitely up for this match."
"The goals were as good as I’ve seen since I arrived here. Big John [Chisholm] climbed high to nod the ball down in their goalmouth and Chad [Severs] showed his class to spin and lace the ball home.
"Chad also did the damage when Canterbury backed off, and he ripped through before unloading for Terry [Alvino] to drill the ball in."
“I like to think that this has stopped the rot. We made a lot more goalscoring chances – as we usually do – but the finishing shots went wide – not far wide though – we are getting closer and closer.
"Having said that, we must keep our feet on the floor. We are off the bottom, and have doubled our goal tally but we have to keep training hard and enjoying our football.’
Canterbury coach Danny Halligan was unavailable for comment afterwards.
1. Liam Little
1. Adam Highfield
5. Kevin Taylor
2. Glenn Squire
6. Terry Alvino
3. Bill Robertson
8. Mike Flaws (off 67)
6. Gary McDermott (off 63)
11. Andy Coburn
8. Blair Scoullar
12. Aaron Burgess (off 67)
9. Dave Walker (off 63)
14. Chad Severs (off 80)
10. Stuart Kelly
15. John Chisholm
12. Jeremy Wild
18. Mike Smith
21. Ben Keat
17. Ryan Faichnie (off 60)
4. Tristan Prattley
19. Micheal Bothwell
2. Nick Dale
11. Tom Lancaster (on 73)
9. John Lang (on 67)
21. Sam Jasper (on 73)
13. Jesse Malloy (on 80)
22. Michael O'Keefe
7. Tom Connor (on 67)
7. Mike Fifi (on 60)
=2 yellow cards
= red card
2 min - Long ball by Taylor results in chance for Burgess
3 min - Corner to Otago, Cleared by Canterbury
5 min - Good start by Otago their direct play results in another corner
7 min - Walker has Long range effort, well over
10 min - Chad Severs shows good close control but can only manage a tame shot
14 min - Poor clearence by the Canterbury Keeper leaves Alvino with a simple through ball to severs who fires over
15 min - Canterburys kelly is breaking well from midfield, he fires a shot over
20 min - Cobury races onto a Keat through ball only to be flagged by the assistant
22 min - Keat turns McDermott in midfied and unleashes a shot thats turned over by Canterburys keeper
27 min - Lots of play in the midfield, but very little in either attacting 3rd. Both teams are lacking any penertration
28 min - Keat finds space outside the box and fires in a low drive that has the keeper scrambling, perhaps he can spark something for Otago
34 min - A great run by Keat gets him through 1v1 but the keeper spreads himself well
37 min - Flaws gets down the right and cuts in for Otgo but his shot is woeful
39 min - Canterburys 15 breaks through only for Little to malke a smart save
40 min - Otago are starting to penertrate, Burgess is played in on the right but slices his shot wide
43 min - Kelly fires over for Canterbury after great footwork by Faichnie
46 min - Yellow Card for Kelly as he catches Otago's Mike Smith late
47 min - Alvion drives in a free kick from 25 yards but the keeper gathers it comfortably
53 min - Otago have a 6 on 4 break away but their ponderous attack comes to nothing
55 min - Goal! 1-0 Chisholm knocks a header down from corner and Chad Severs turns and buries the ball in the back of the net
58 min - Yellow Card Otago number 12
60 min - Substitution Canterbury 17 off 7 on
64 min - Goal! 2-0 Severs breaks away and after a good run squares to Alvino who slots it home
67 min - Substitution Otago 8 and 12 off, 9 and 7
72 min - Otago continue to put Canterbury on the back foot
73 min - Substitution off Canterbury 6 and 9, on 21 an 11
74 min - Wild nearly scores a blinding own goal, heading against the bar
75 min - Yellow Card Canterbury 21
77 min - Lang is played though by Keat but fires wide
80 min - Substitution Otago 14 off, 16 on
85 min - Canterbury are coming back into it as Otago start to look tired
87 min - Yellow Card Canterbury 4
Fulltime - Otago record their first win in 23 games.