Auckland City FC
NZFC - Round 10, Fred Taylor Park, Saturday 26 January 2008
Paul Seaman 9
Halftime: 2-0 Referee: Michael Hester Crowd: 1050
by Bob Pearce at Fred Taylor Park
Waitakere United removed one of the blots on their impressive New Zealand Football Championship record when they beat Auckland City for the first time on the field on Saturday.
The margin was 2-0 at Fred Taylor Park and only the most diehard of Auckland fans could quibble at the result. It takes Waitakere to the top of the league.
Nine minutes into the game Waitakere took the lead when Auckland goalkeeper Tamati Williams spilled a shot from Allan Pearce and Paul Seaman was on hand to score the goal.
The second came in the 33rd minute from a right-wing corner. Commins Menapi touched it on to fellow Solomon Islander Benjamin Totori and he found the net over a despairing defender's foot.
It was 2-0 at the break and any ideas of an Auckland comeback seemed doomed when Chad Coombes received two yellow cards and was sent packing. Ironically Auckland played better with 10 men and Riki van Steeden, who had come on as a substitute soon after the break had two good scoring chances but failed to convert.
By then the blistering heat was taking its toll. Waitakere were conservative and Auckland ran out of ideas and energy.
"We deserved it," said a delighted Waitakere coach Chris Milicich.
"Structurally we were right and we nullified what they wanted to do."
"We missed some chances but we took the ones that mattered. I thought Allan Pearce and Neil Sykes were outstanding."
His counterpart with Auckland, Colin Tuaa, said he had no complaints about the result.
"We gave them a goal with a first-up error after nine minutes and you can't do that. Both goals were really disappointing and after that we really had to chase the game."
"We only started playing when we were down to 10 men. The positive is that we did play well then. We're only halfway through the season and we'll bounce back."
The game did not rise to great heights before one of the biggest crowds at Fred Taylor Park but it was a very willing encounter as we have come to expect from these two rivals.
Referee Mike Hester served up eight yellow cards and a red, mainly for frustrated tackles in conditions that were hard for both sides.
Waitakere have had seven wins in a row and Milicich puts it down to players doing the jobs they are assigned. Pearce was outstanding with his work rate, Menapi and Totori were always a threat and nobody gets behind defenders Danny Hay, Neil Emblen and Jonathan Perry without a struggle.
Auckland's injury woes continued with James Pritchett damaging a shoulder and Bryan Little injuring his knee. Salesh Kumar worked hard in midfield but Waitakere pressure often disrupted promising moves before they became dangerous.
Tuaa, whose side has topped the table for the first half of the season, had a message for Waitakere: "It's tougher when you're on top."
Photos: Shane Wenzlick www.phototek.co.nz
Auckland City FC
22 Simon Eaddy
12 Tamati Williams
2 Jonathan Perry
2 Joel Mathews (off 46)
5 Danny Hay
5 Ben Sigmind
16 Neil Emblen (off 80)
6 Ki-Hyung Lee
17 Jake Butler
7 James Pritchett (off 18)
15 Chris Bale
8 Chad Coombes
33 Paul Seaman (off 82)
10 Grant Young
11 Neil Sykes
15 Jeff Campbell
10 Allan Pearce
17 Bryan Little (off 57)
8 Commins Menapi
19 Salesh Kumar
9 Benjamin Totori (off 71)
20 Greg Uhlmann
1 Richard Gillespie
1 Ross Nicholson
13 Daniel Koprivcic (on 71)
9 Paul Urlovic (on 57)
14 Hoani Edwards (on 82)
11 Luiz Del Monte (on 18)
7 Jason Hayne
21 Riki Van Steeden (on 46)
6 Darren Bazeley (on 80)
24 Sam Campbell
=2 yellow cards
= red card
Waitakere start with Bazeley on the bench. Auckland have striker Paul Urlovic in reserve. Very hot with little wind. Tamati in goal for Auckland.
First clash suggests willing encounter. Referee calms
GOAL! Pearce shot from edge of area, Williams fumbles, Totori nudges ball away and Paul Seaman scores.
Yellow card Seaman for use of elbow.
Pritchett injures shoulder in tackle, replaced by Luiz Del Monte
Yellow card Kumar for foul tackle.
Bryan Little clear in front but delays shot, blocked by goalie.
Yellow card.Emblen yellow for push on Young
Yellow card. Sigmund flattens Bale in tackle.
GOAL! Right wing corner Menapi gets touch,Totori flicks on and ball finds net off a defender.
Young shot on target but well saved by Eaddy.
Fast break by Auckland but Young squanders chance. halftime 2-0 lead to Waitakere well deserved.
Substitution for Auckland.Riki Van Teeden on for Joel Mathews
Two left wing corners for Auckland, Waitakere break and Coombes gets yellow for last-ditch tackle. Shot by Emblen well saved by Williams
Red card. Coombes second yellow for tackle on Pearce.
Yellow card. Wild tackle by Little.
Substitution Auckland. Urlovic on for Little.
Pass by Lee has van Steeden clear in front of goal but he hesitates and chance is lost.
Substitution Waitakere. Koprivcic on for Totori
Sykes shoots just wide.
Substitution Waiakere. Bazeley replaces Butler.
Substitution Waitakere. Edwards replaces Seaman.
Yellow card Van Steeden for poor tackle.
90 plus two
Young creates chance for Van Steeden but he shoots just wide.
90 plus three
Full time 2-0 and Waitakere have first league win on field against Auckland.