NZFC - Round 9, English Park, Sunday 20 January 2008, 4pm
Rhodri Payne 90+1
Jason Hayne 11, 79
Halftime: 0 - 3 Referee: Antony Riley Crowd: 250
by Gavin Searle at English Park
They say when you are down at the bottom nothing seems to go you way and Canterbury United will know the feeling after suffering a record loss 9 - 1 at the hands of a red-hot Waitakere United.
As if things weren’t bad enough, the bottom-placed Dragons will also go into the next round without their skipper Bill Robertson – who received two yellow cards – and their ever-present keeper, Adam Highfield.
Highfield is likely to be sidelined for some time after being taken to hospital with a suspected fracture to his eye socket which is likely to require surgery.
Canterbury started the game in a positive mood and with a little luck could have taken the lead before Waitakere opened the scoring through Jason Hayne in the 11th minute.
Benjamin Totori added a second after 35 minutes and even when Danny Hay stabbed home a third just before the break their was little hint that the floodgates were about to open in such dramatic fashion.
Highfield came off seven minutes into the second half and was replaced by New Zealand U-17 international, Michael O'Keeffe. The young custodian was quickly in action, called on to make the first of several fine saves in his debut NZFC game.
Jonathan Perry added a fourth before the hour mark was reached and then a pivotal and somewhat hash second yellow to Robertson prevented any chance of even limiting the damage as Waitakere enjoyed the man advantage to rack up five more goals in the final twenty three minutes
With goals to Daniel Koprivcic, Commins Menapi, Allan Pearce and a second each for Totori and Hayne rounding out a record score, Waitakere now enter next week’s highly anticipated battle of Auckland on the back of six straight wins.
Rhodri Payne grabbed a goal back for Canterbury in added time but it was scant consolation, nor the fact that it was the NZFC’s 999th league goal.
"Believe me there will be words said about that later."
"Canterbury will be hurting with the result today but they are not a bad side. To their credit they took the game to us from the opening whistle and did not sit back and defend. Even behind they tried to get forward whenever possible".
"They are a young side and will have learnt from the hurt today", added the Waitakere coach.
Photos: Kevin Clarke www.cmgsport.co.nz
1. Adam Highfield (gk) out 52
1. Richard Gillespie (gk)
2. Glenn Squire
16. Neil Emblen
4. Bill Robertson (capt)
2. Jonathan Perry
5. Michael Bothwell
5. Danny Hay (capt) out 68
6. Garry McDermott
33. Paul Seaman
11. Tom Lancaster out 64
14. Hoani Edwards out 59
15. Rhodri Payne
10. Allan Pearce
16. Yusaku Okubo
13. Daniel Kopeivcic out 80
17. Ryan Faichnie
7. Jason Hayne
18. Blair Duncan
9. Benjamin Totori
23. Gareth Turnbull
15. Christopher Bale
7. Michael Fifii
22. Simon Eaddy (rgk)
9. David Walker
24. Tim Meyers
12. Jeremy Wild
21. Jason Rowley in 68
21. Sam Jasper in 64
4. Matthew Cuneen in 80
22. Michael O'Keeffe (rgk) in 52
8.Commins Menapi in 59
=2 yellow cards
= red card
Welcome to English Park were Canterbury United starting line-up sees several changes with Yusku Okubo, Blair Duncan and Gareth Turnbull, with Dave Walker Jeremy Wild and Sam Jasper warming the bench. Waitakere has one late change with Danny Hay, who was holidaying in the South Island named on the starting eleven after orginally not named on the playing squad.
We are under way under sunny conditions
Benjamin Totori allowed to run across the goal face but shot cleared
Canterbury freekick in front of goal but Rhodri Payne drilled ball into wall
Great save from Richard Gillespie prevent Canterbury taking the lead with Payne heading home another freekick
GOAL!!!! 0 - 1 Waitakere take lead as Jason Hayne fires home after shot from Totori blocked
Totori on the ball allowed to run into area and pulls ball back from goal line with Canterbury awarded a freekick after keeper, Adam Highfield fouled
Yellow Card Glenn Squires Canterbury first into the book of referee Antony Riley
Totori does weel to bring ball down but shots wide
GOAL!! 0 - 2 No mistake this time as great finsh from Totori doubles Waitakere's lead
Long range shot by Allan Pearce just wide
Danny Hay heads on to bar from freekick cleared away for corner
GOAL!!! 0 - 3 From the resulting corner Hay forces ball over line
Half time with Waitakere well in control with the home side again not making the most of their scoring chances
Play under way again with no changes to either side
Sub Highfield off injuried replaced by Michael O'Keeffe with the NZ Under 17 rep making his NZFC debut
GOAL 0 - 4!!!! Jonathan Perry increases Waitakere lead
Sub. Hoani Edwards replaced by Commins Menapi for Waitakere
Sub. Tom Lancaster replaced by Sam Jasper for Canterbury
RED CARD!!! Canterbury down to ten men after their captain Bill Robertson receives his second yellow card for a trip
SUB. Hay replaced by Jason Rowley
GOAL!!! 0 - 5 Daniel Koprivcic makes it five for Watakere
GOAL!!! 0 - 6 Great finish by Totori to claim adouble
GOAL!!! 0 - 7 Hayne also a scores double to make it seven
GOAL!!!! 0 - 8 Commins Menapi continues the one way scoreline
GOAL!!!! 0 - 9 Allan Peace gets in on the goal act
4 mins added time
90 + 1
GOAL!!! 1 - 9 Payne pulls a goal back for Canterbury
Full Time 1 - 9 One one traffic as Waitakere score biggest win in NZFC history. Report and photos to follow