NZFC - Round 11, FMG Stadium, Sunday 3 February 2008 3pm
Gouzalo Nieres 61, 72
Benjamin Totori 26
Halftime: 0-1 Referee: Antony Riley Crowd:
by Jonathan Galuszka at FMG Stadium
A combination of great defending, team attitude and some contentious refereeing have handed YoungHeart Manawatu a 3-2 upset win over Waitakere United in Palmerston North today.
Adam Cowen’s injury time winner capped a spirited comeback from 0-2 down and included two goals from Gouzalo Nieres – the second a penalty for Simon Eaddy’s red card when Waitakere were still leading 2-1.
Players and spectators could see that it was going to be different from other games today, with usual captain Ian Robinson starting from the bench today for YoungHeart.
“We wanted to try something different today,” YoungHeart coach Shane Rufer said when asked about it. “I think it paid off very well.”
Most people would argue otherwise, especially when former YoungHeart striker Benjamin Totori managed to knife his way through the defence to put the ball in the back of the net in the 26th minute.
“He’s quick and can score – that’s why we got him last year,” Rufer said.
However, Totori barely saw any real quality ball for the rest of the half as the young Manawatu back line managed to close him down and keep the gap to one goal at the break.
The first half was not without its drama though. In the 38th minute, Waitakere captain Danny Hay and YoungHeart defender Trent Watson appeared to clash heads in a challenge. But Waitakere coach Chris Milicich saw it differently when asked about it after the match.
“My captain has now got a lump for an eye from when Watson elbowed him in the head in the first half,” Milicich said.
“How the referee didn’t send him off when he was already on a yellow card is beyond me.”
The second half started with YoungHeart on the attack early and striker Gouzalo Nieres a chance on goal on the second minute that should have been finished.
However, it was Waitakere substitute Daniel Koprivcic that scored first after the break, playing a handy one-two with Neil Sykes to get in position to put the ball past YoungHeart goalkeeper Andrew Bailey in the 61st minute.
It seems that this goal sparked 19-year-old Bailey into action in his first start at home to compile an amazing second-half performance between the posts.
“I’ve been looking forward to this all week,” he said. “I enjoyed it and I’m happy to get a chance at this level.”
The next phase of the half was dominated by fantastic work from Bailey until a controversial moment in the 70th minute, when YoungHeart striker Dominic Rowe was brought down in the box by Waitakere goalkeeper Simon Eaddy.
Referee Antony Riley awarded YoungHeart a penalty – which Nieres converted - and also sent off Eaddy. By this stage, Waitakere had used all three of their substitutes and were forced to hand outfield player Darren Bazeley the gloves.
“We were well in control and then the ref makes a shocking call that hands the opposition the game,” coach Milicich said.
“It was negligent, disgraceful and I’m left horrified at the refereeing performance today.”
With YoungHeart then having the advantage of an extra man, it took them no time in dominating the game. They finally manage to steal the win in extra time when crowd favourite Adam Cowan powered home a header.
YoungHeart coach Shane Rufer was very happy with his team’s performance today.
“We had desire today. You shouldn’t need it for these big games but it hasn’t always been there lately,” Rufer said.
“Today also showed that it doesn’t matter which league or which placing in the table you are. If you have the right attitude, you can win.”
Waitakere coach Chris Milicich, however, was left ruing the performance of his team and the referee.
“We didn’t play well today and they did,” he said.
“However, it should have been us today. Two horrific calls from the referee gave the game away today."
1. Andrew Bailey (GK)
22. Simon Eaddy (GK)
3. Pablo Yackson (off 69 min)
2. Jonathan Perry
5. Trent Watson (off 59 min)
5. Danny Hay
7. Gouzalo Nieres
8. Commins Menapi (off 43 min)
11. Ian Sandbrook
9. Benjamin Totori (off 57 min)
12. Nick Roydhouse
10. Allan Pearce
15. Prince Quansar (off 46 min)
11. Neil Sykes
20. Adam Cowan
15. Christopher Bale
21. Tim Richardson
16. Neil Emblem
22. Fin Milne
17. Jake Butter (off 61 min)
23. Scott Robson
33. Paul Seamen
19. Michael Reive (GK)
1. Richard Gillespie (GK)
8. Nathan Cooksley
6. Darren Bazeley (on 61 min)
10. Gustavo Saralegui (69 min)
7. Jason Hayne (on 57 min)
16. Ian Robinson (on 46 min)
13. Daniel Koprivicic (on 43 min)
17. Dominic Rowe (on 59 min)
14. Hoani Edwards
=2 yellow cards
= red card
It's a steaming hot day in Palmerston North with just a bit of light cloud to shade the players today. Waitakere will be looking to extend their unbeaten run but will have to make sure they are not too relaxed against YoungHeart Manawatu today. However, Manawatu coach Shane Rufer must see the writing on the wall already and has opted to bench captain Ian Robinson. Waitakere players Benjamin Totori and Commins Menapi are returning back to take on their former club.
We're underway, with Waitakere playing towards the northern end of the ground.
Totori has his first shot on goal, heading a cross low. Bailey takes it nicely.
Adam Cowan has a great run through the midfield but puts his shot from 20 yards out wide of the far post.
A Waitakere free kick searches for a far post runner but Bailey gets very high to take it down.
Waitakere keeper Simon Eaddy has to get high to stop Ian Sandbrook getting a head on the far post.
Ian Sandbrook has taken over the free kick duties from Ian Robinson today and his first attempt on goal just goes wide of the far post.
GOAL! Benjamin Totori storms through the midfield, takes it around Bailey and then puts it into the net against his former club. 0-1.
Yellow Card. Trent Watson gets a card for a hard challenge in the air.
Danny Hay goes on a big run and puts a cross in for Totori who just can't reach with his head. YoungHeart are getting put under a lot of pressure in this middle section of the first half.
Danny Hay thumps a free kick low and very hard but can't put it past the wall. I bet Bailey was glad he didn't have to try put a hand to it.
Nick Roydhouse gets a chance from a free kick situation but his shot curves skyward.
Danny Hay and Trent Watson clash heads, with Hay coming out of it worse off. He is currently getting medical attention.
SUB Commins Menapi off for Daniel Koprivcic.
Pablo Yackson gets a great ball from Gouzalo Nieres but can't beat Neil Emblem and ends up putting his shot into the side netting.
Yellow Card. Pablo Yackson trips Totori from behind to earn himself a card. The resulting free kick beats everyone past the far post.
Halftime. 0-1. The match seems evenly poised but Waitakere have still managed to come into the break with the lead. Totori doesn't seem to be very comfortable walking off the ground.
SUB - Ian Robinson for Prince Quansar.
Second half is underway.
A huge tackle from Nick Roydhouse gives Gouzalo Nieres miles of space. However, he is chased down by Neil Emblem and is forced into shooting wide.
Nieres gets another chance but Danny Hay takes the ball off him just before he can shoot and puts it out.
Ian Sandbrook puts a free kick over his runners and it goes out for a goal kick.
Yellow Card. Paul Seamen gets a card for what seems to be backchat.
GOAL! Good work between Waitakere strikers sees Daniel Koprivcic get one past Bailey. 0-2.
SUB Benjamin Totori off for Jason Hayne
SUB Trent Watson off for Dominic Rowe.
Koprivcic blasts a shot on goal but Bailey meets it with an equally fantastic save.
GOAL! Nieres' hard work over the past few weeks is rewarded with a great goal. 1-2
SUB Jake Butler off for Darren Bazeley. Waitakere have now emptied their bench.
Dominic Rowe gets in the action early by having a shot. However, it goes over the bar.
Neil Sykes has a shot but pulls another good save out of Bailey. The 19-year-old keeper is having a great second half today.
SUB Gustavo Saralegui on for Pablo Yackson.
Penalty!!! Dominic Rowe and Simon Eaddy both go high for the ball and Eaddy takes Rowe down in a headlock. Very ugly looking indeed.
RED CARD! Eaddy is sent off! This means that an outfield player will have to goalkeep for Waitakere.
GOAL! Neires slots the penalty. 2-2.
Jonathan Perry gives YHM a chance after he catches the ball on the edge of the 18 yard. However, Nieres puts it over.
Nieres has another go but skies it again. Waitakere's Christopher Bale looks very uncomfortable in the midfield but is unable to be subbed off.
Yellow Card. Fin Milne picks up a card for trampling over a Waitakere player.
Bailey pulls out another piece of shot stopping genius to keep is team in the game.
Milne trips a player right on the edge of the YHM 18 yard. But Bailey stretches far and makes another fantastic save.
90 + 1 min
GOAL! Adam Cowan powers a head home from a corner to put YHM ahead late in the game. 3-2.
90 + 3 min
Yellow Card. Jason Hayne gets a card for an ugly challenge on Roydhouse.
90 + 4 min
Yellow Card. Nieres gets one for time wasting.
Full time. 3-2. YHM get a massive upset against the top team today. Goalkeeper Bailey kept them in the game but it was mistakes from Waitakere that gave them the game.