Hawke's Bay United
NZFC - Round 11, Park Island, Saturday 2 February 5pm
Sam Messam 13
Own goal (Sam Jenkins) 16
Halftime: 1-1 Referee: Nick Waldron Crowd:
by Hamish Bidwell at Park Island
Two results; two very different reactions.
For Hawke's Bay United head coach Jonathan Gould, there was great satisfaction in today's 3-1 win. For his opposite, Terry Phelan, disgust at seeing his team snatch another defeat from the jaws of victory.
"I think we can do better, but I'm very pleased with the outcome and the fact that we were able to score three goals at home," Gould said.
"We had the lion's share of the game and it was probably the reverse from last week [against Team Wellington]. We found it very, very hard to break them down, in the same way that Wellington found it against us last week.
"If I'm honest, I didn't feel that worried about the game today; I thought we were going to win. It was a case of being patient and it probably mirrored our first game of the season against Canterbury, where we won 3-1 with late goals as well."
Contrast that with Phelan's comments.
"We deserved to win the game and we ended up losing it 3-1. Good luck to Hawke's Bay United, that's why they're fourth in the league, because they can take chances.
"I don't think we can score in an open barn at the moment," Phelan said.
"If that ball [from a shot by Aaron Burgess] doesn't hit the post, then he has another chance to slide the ball in and you're 3-1 up. Maybe there was a handball and all, so maybe you're 4-1 up.
"But they [Hawke's Bay] didn't create anything. They did not create anything. But the game's for 95 minutes and, at 1-all, we should've shut up shop and we didn't.
"Players have got to look at the clock and realise that and shut up shop. Then we're set and we have a draw, but they went marauding forward instead of shutting up shop.
"No disrepsect to Hawke's Bay, but you've got to come here and feel condfident and get control of the ball and create chances. We created enough chances to win the game easily and they [Hawke's Bay] know that.
"They've got out of jail and we're still in jail."
As ever, the truth is somewhere in between.
By the standards they're capable of, Hawke's Bay were rubbish at times. Their passing was often lamentable and why they insisted on pumping long balls down the middle, instead of stretching Otago down the flanks, is hard to fathom.
Yet they won and with some comfort in the end. In a game of so few clear-cut chances, the better ones were created by Otago, but they needed an own-goal to get on the scoresheet.
It really was all rather confusing, yet typical of how the cookie crumbles when you're near the foot of the table. You can battle hard, manufacture opportunities and still lose 3-1.
Having taken an early lead, when Sam Messam again met a Graham Fyfe ball at the far post, Hawke's Bay gave one back after Sam Jenkins had a ball come of his studs and lob into the top corner of his own net.
Burgess should have won it for Otago in the 76th minute, but could only hit the post having got through one-on-one with Hawke's Bay keeper Mitch O'Brien.
Then Jeremy Brockie came on, buried a shot to edge his team out to 2-1 and then helped lay on the Jonathan Taylor goal the sealed things in injury time.
For the home side, Cole Peverley was fabulous again. Taylor and Campbell Parkin were strong at the back and Brockie did more than enough to earn a start for Wednesday's match agsinst Waikato FC.
Phelan, John Chisholm and Andy Coburn stood out for Otago.
Photos: Allan Lange www.alphapix.co.nz
Hawke's Bay United
1 Mitch O'Brien
1 Liam Little
20 Sam Jenkins
2 Nick Dale
19 Jonathan Taylor
5 Kevin Taylor
5 Campbell Parkin
3 Terry Phelan
18 Regan Cameron
17 Croyden Wheeler
8 Chris McIvor
6 Terry Alvino
3 Cole Pvereley
15 John Chisholm
4 Greig Henslee
11 Andy Coburn
11 Graham Fyfe (off 85)
18 Mike Smith
9 Sam Messam (off 80)
14 Chad Severs (off 74)
15 Stu Hogg (off 66)
9 John Lang (off 68)
23 Scott Dunn (rgk)
12 Aaron Burgess (on 68)
2 Chris Davies
16 Jessie Malloy
10 Jeremy Brockie(on66)
21 Ben Keat (on 74)
13 Leon Birnie (on 85)
8 Mike Flaws
17 David Gearey (on 80)
23 Callum Flaws
=2 yellow cards
= red card
Ludicrous yellow card for Graham Fyfe
GOAL! Sam Messam at back post, from Fyfe freekick
GOAL! Otago go level after ball deflects off Sam Jenkins for an own goal
Little saves well from Stu Hogg shot. Corner, Otago clear
Strong burst from midfield by Cole Peverley. Drags left-foot shot just wide.
Little saves at Messam's feet
Yellow card for John Chisholm
Yellow for Stu Hogg now. Hard to see what for
Little saves from Messam shot, after goulmouth scramble, in which Chris McIvor perhaps should have scored
Halftime a couple of minutes early, by the watch in the media box. 1-all and pretty scrappy
Peverley through on goal. Ref calls play back to award him a freekick for an earlier foul. Why?
You feel sorry for those in the crowd who've paid for the privilege
Jeremy Brockie on for Stu Hogg
Aaron Burgess on for John Lang
Terry Phelan gets yellow for tugging Peverley's shirt
Ben Keat on for Chad Severs
Burgess through one-on-one. Looked offside, but got to Mitch O'Brien and shot past him. Not past the post, though, with the HB keeper grabbing the rebound
Yellow card for Peverley
David Gearey on for Messam
Leon Birnie on for Fyfe
GOAL! Scramble in box, Peverley and McIvor unable to get shots of. Falls to Brockie who buries his left-foot shot
GOAL! Corner not cleared. Jonathan Taylor tucks it away at near post. Three minutes of added time to play
Little saves stinging McIvor volley
3-1 to HB, but Otago deserved a lot better