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Canterbury United

Auckland City


NZFC - Round 20, English Park,  13 January 2008



Bryan Little 14
Grant Young 56, 82



Halftime: 0 - 1                      Referee: Neil Fox                               Crowd: 300


City cap Canterbury's misery

by Gavin Searle at English Park

A Grant Young doubled helped Auckland City maintain their lead atop the NZFC and capped a miserable week for Canterbury United.

Young's 56th and 82nd minute goals highlighted a strong second-half from Auckland City who overcame a determined Canterbury United 3-0 at English park.

Scotsman Bryan Little ended a three-match goalless streak to give Auckland a 14th minute lead and regain top spot in the golden boot race from Waikato's Robert Gill with seven goals in eight starts

Canterbury were bouyed by the 1-0 scoreline at halftime but Auckland saved their best football for the second half and could have won by a bigger margin, hitting the woodwork several times.

"With Canterbury losing players during the week it was a difficult challenge for us, mentally it least, but we end home with the three points," Auckland coach Colin Tuaa said afterwards.

"We are creating chances but more importantly [we kept a] clean sheet."

Newly appointed Canterbury captain, Bill Robertson, was obviously disappointed after the gritty first half fight, commendable given the Dragons had slumped to the foot of the table and lost experienced playmakers Stuart Kelly and Blair Scoullar the previous week.

"We came in buzzing at the break but we gave away too much procession after the break and that allowed Auckland to get on top," the defender said.

Canterbury tried to take the game to Auckland in the first half and created several half chances that they could not convert into goals.

Auckland took the lead when Little tapped home from a Young cross with Canterbury appealing to the assistant for offiside. Late in the half Canterbury had chances to level with the best falling to Rhodri Payne but Auckland goalkeeper Ross Nicholson did well to smother the ball.

Henry Fa'arodo hit the cross bar against his old club with Auckland then doubling the lead from a corner with Young scoring after receiving a pin-point header from Jeff Campbell. Within minutes of coming on, sometimes All Whites striker Paul Urlovic went close twice for Auckland, once hitting and then shaving the post.

Young completed the scoring with eight minutes remaining after a great run and cross from Chad Coombes. In added time Fa'arodo should have scored but somehow pushed the ball over the bar with an open goal begging.

Things do not get any easier for Canterbury who now take on second placed Waitakere United in Christchurch next Sunday while Auckland host second-from-bottom Otago United.

Photos: Kevin Clarke


Team Sheet

Canterbury United


Auckland City

1. Adam Highfield (GK)

1. Ross Nicholson (GK)

2. Glen Squire (off 32)

5. Ben Sigmund (capt)

4. Bill Robertson (capt)

6. Ki-Hyung Lee

5. Michael Bothwell

10. Grant Young

6. Garry McDermott

11. Luiz Del Monte (off 81)

9. Dave Walker (off 74)

15. Jeff Campbell (off 81)

11. Tom Lancaster

18. Henry Fa'arodo

12. Jeremy Wild

17. Bryan Little  (off 59)

15. Rhodri Payne

21. Riki Van Steeden

17. Ryan Faichnie

26. Rupesh Puna

21. Sam Jasper  (off 62)

8. Chad Coombes



7. Michael Fiffi (on 74)

9. Paul Urlovic (on 59)

16. Yusaku Okubo (on 62)

12. Tamati Williams (RGK)

19. Matt Boyd (on 32)

4. Alex Feneridis (on 81)

22. Michael O'Keeffe (RGK)

22. Sam Mathews (on 81)

23. Gareth Turnbull

24. Sam Campbell


=yellow card

=2 yellow cards

= red card


Play by Play

Welcome to a very warm English Park were the Temp is currently 25 and rising. Canterbury United go into the game as long shots at the bottom of the table with Auckland City head the NZFC table.

0 min

Play is under way

9 mins

Early pressure by Auckland with Canterbury having to clear line several times

13 mins

Canterbury first shot on goal wide from Rhodri Payne

14 mins

GOAL: 0 - 1 Auckland take the wide as Auckland City in behind Canterbury defense with Grant Young square ball to Bryan Little who has simple tap in

25 mins

No change to score but to Canterbury's credit they are looking at getting forward whenever on the ball 

29 mins

From Auckland corner Luiz Del Monte pushes ball high over bar

32 mins

Glenn Squire limps off for Canterbury replaced by Matt Boyd

33 mins

Flowing move from Canterbury ends with Garry McDermott shot just going wide

37 mins

From Auckland free kick diving header from Henry Fa'arodo shaves post wide

44 mins

Canterbury's free corner has Ross Nicholson blocking shot from Payne

45 mins

3 mins added time

Half time. Canterbury go to the break a goal down but have created chances that could have seen them go to the break level while Auckland have looked dangerous when getting in behind Canterbury defence

46 mins

Back under way no changes to either side

49 mins

Sam Jasper cautioned for Canterbury after tackle on Little 

50 mins

Shot on turn by Fa'arodo crashes on to crossbar for Auckland

54 mins

Auckland have made a strong start to second half creating several clear chances which has Canteebury pinned in their own half

56 mins

GOAL: 0 - 2 From a corner an unmarked Jeff Campbell has time to pick out Grant Young to head home 

59 mins

Sub Little off replaced by Paul Urlovic for Auckland

62 mins

Sub Jasper off for Canterbury replaced by Yusaku Okubo

64 mins

Urlovic shot hits crossbar

70 mins

Canterbury nearly punished after only half clearing ball to Young who's shot is just wide.

71 mins

Unmarked Urlovic shaves post with shot

74 mins

Sub Michael Fifii replaces Dave Walker for Canterbury

81 mins 

Sub Alex Feneridis replaces Luiz Del Monte, Sam Matthews replaces Jeff Campbell

82 mins

GOAL!!! 0 - 3 Great run by Chad Coombes who cross is missed by Bill Robertson with Young firing home hissecond goalm

90 mins

3 minutes added time

90 mins + 2

From a Auckland freekick somehow Fa'arodo pushed ball ove bar with goal open

Full Time 0 - 3: A strong second half from Auckland sees them extend their lead and stay on top of table. Review and photos to follow