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Grand Final

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Auckland
Wellington
Sun 16 Mar, 2.35pm, 2014
Kiwitea St, Sandringham

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Auckland City

Team Wellington

3


NZFC Preliminary Final
Kiwitea Street, 
Saturday 12 April, 2008

4

Jeff Campbell 70
Chan-Goo Yoon 73
George Suri 120

Graham Little 24, 109
Peter Halstead 86, 116

 

             

Halftime: 0-1                      Referee: Peter O'Leary (Auckland)                              Crowd: 984

 

Team Wellington end Auckland City era with lucky 13

by nzfc.co.nz

Graham Little (right) scored twice as Wellington ended Auckland's reign. Photo; Shane WenzlickAuckland City’s three-year reign as New Zealand Football Champions is over after losing 4-3 to Team Wellington in the NZFC Preliminary Final at Kiwitea St on Saturday.

The win also ends Auckland’s hoodoo over the capital side, who grabbed their first win over City in 13 attempts and enter their first ever Grand Final next Sunday against Minor Premiers Waitakere United at Trusts Stadium.

“There’s been talk about history being against us but I told the lads that the only history we need to worry about is what we set,” Team Wellington coach Stu Jacobs said.

“We’re not there yet however. We have to be genuine champions and that means beating both Auckland and Waitakere.”

Golden boot winner Graham Little continued his fine scoring form with a brace of goals – the second a match-winning penalty in extra time with the scores locked at 2-2, after earlier opening the scoring in the 24th minute from some goalmouth pinball.

Little – who has now scored 46 goals in a league record 81 games for Team Wellington, looked full of running throughout the match but confirmed his 82nd game would be his last.

“The old legs are still working,” Little said.

“But it’s my last game next week, and there’d be no better way to finish [than winning the Grand Final]."

Halstead celebrates sening the game into extra time. Photo: Shane WenzlickHalftime substitute Peter Halstead also grabbed a pair, first sending the game into extra time with a measured left foot curling equaliser in the 86th minute, and then making sure of the victory with Wellington’s fourth from a breakaway as Auckland pushed for a extra time leveller.

Auckland – a goal down at halftime – led 2-1 heading into the final ten minutes with two goals in three minutes midway through the second spell.

Keryn Jordan – the last-gasp goal-scoring hero for Auckland last weekend against Wellington – turned provider with a scything ball across the face of goal that allowed Jeff Campbell to finish at the back post in the 70th minute.

City’s Korean duo then combined to put Auckland in front three minutes later with Chan-Goo Yoon subtly directing Ki-Hyung Lee’s free kick past Phil Imray.

With Halstead sending the game into extra time, the game then turned on the penalty, as Luis Corrales – incisive and lively throughout the first half – made up for a relatively subdued second half by drawing Tamati Williams into a foul on the Costa Rican.

Luis Corrales had a sprightly first half and then won a penalty to set up victory for Wellington. Photo: Shane WenzlickIt was a sour note for the often-maligned Williams, who had arguably his best game in Auckland colours – twice denying Corrales in regular time and confidently sweeping behind his defence throughout.

With the clock ticking down and Auckland reduced to 10 men following Greg Uhlmann’s late red card for dissent, George Suri pulled a goal back but it proved merely consolation as Peter O’Leary called time on the Auckland City reign.

Winners of every Grand Final since the NZFC’s inaugural 2004-05 season, Auckland’s role in next Sunday’s finale will be as highly interested spectators only.

The Auckland club have one foot in the door of next year’s O-League but a Grand Final win for Wellington would bring the added bonus of New Zealand’s second spot in that competition at City’s expense.

Photos: Shane Wenzlick www.phototek.co.nz

 

Team Sheet

Auckland City


V

Team Wellington


12. Tamati Williams (GK)

1. Phil Imray (GK / Captain)

2. Joel Matthews

23. Tim Schaeffers

5. Ben Sigmund (Captain)

9. Daniel Ellensohn (out 46)

6. Ki-Hyung Lee

15. Graham Little

27. John Niyonsaba (out 43)

10. Luis Corrales

10. Grant Young

16. Raf de Gregorio

14. Keryn Jordan

14. Darren Cheriton

16. George Suri

17. Wiremu Patrick (out 81)

19. Salesh Kumar

5. Peter Howe

22. Bryan Little (out 62)

13. Karl Whalen

20. Greg Uhlmann

19. Sean Douglas

Substitutes

Substitutes

1. Mark Fulcher (RGK)

7. Sam Blackburn (in 81)

15. Jeff Campbell (in 62)

18. Peter Halstead (in 46)

23. Chan-Goo Yoon (in 43)

20 Cole Tinkler

24. Sam Campbell

1. Sasha Nathu (RGK)

7. James Pritchett

=goal

=yellow card

=2 yellow cards

= red card

 

Play by Play

Welcome to Kiwitea St for the Preliminary Final. The sunshine promised to us hasn't arrived yet but locals say it's still on it's way. The teams are coming out and just their TV directed line-ups.

0min

We're underway here in Sandrigham. Wellington kick off towards the clubhouse.

3min

The teams go through their mandatory 'feeling out' phase.

4min

Cheriton squares a all on the edge of the box but it arrives out-of-stride for Ellensohn who gets the ball

7min

Good interplay from Team Wellington leads to Corrales getting almost free just inside the area. A heavy touch sends the ball to Williams.

9min

Corrales free on the left of the 18-yard box but Willimas is out well to smother

11min

Corrales fires a shot from distance well over.

Auckland's Captain Ben Sigmund - playing his last home game for Auckland before joing the Phoenix next Month - is playing as a holding midfielder. Wellington's captain for the day is Phil Imray after Adam Birch was injured midweek in training.

19min

Bryan Little fires stright at Imray.

20min

This time Imray has a tougher job but saves well from Jordan's shot.

21min

A jinky run by Bryan Little ends with a foul by Luis Corrales and some afters by Sean Douglas who gives Little some treatment.

22min

A freekick in a dangerous position for Lee, but Ellensohn puts his body on the line and takes one for the team.

24min

GOAL 0-1! Corrales skips past Uhlmann to the by-line and pulls it back. After a  ouple of stabs and failed clearances, Golden Boot Graham Little slots hit to give Wellington the lead.

28min

Grag Uhlmann gets a rare chance to shoot but drags it wide

34miin

Wellington break quickly and with numbers. Graham Little squares the ball across the 6 yard box. Ellensohn should have got a foot to it but it gets past him to Corrales. Huis shot is brilliantly saved by Williams but he was offside anyway.

38min

Jordan opens Wellington up with a through ball to Niyonsaba who rushes his shot and puts high and wide.

Team Wellington are getting in behind Auckland on both flanks.

42min

Ellensohn runs on to a bouncing ball in the bos, tries to lob an advancing Williams who gets an arm to it. It bounces to Corrales who hits his first attempt t the chest of Sure and his second onto the clubhouse.

43min

oooh. Kumar hits the sidenetting but City fans briefly think they're back in it.

43min

SUB Auckland: Yoon on for Nitonsaba.

45+2

Halftime: Team Wellington lead 1-0 and deserve their lead. Is Auckland's perfect playoff record under threat or will their big game players come through to send them to a fourth Grand Final?

46min

Back underway with just one halftime change - Peter Halstead on for Daniel Ellensohn.

50min

Free flowing start to the second half. End to end stuff with a couple of dangerous corners to Auckland thrown in for good measure.

53min

Wellington players have their heads in their hands as Graham Little's snap shot goes agonisingly close to doubling the lead.

55min

Bryan Little in space on the corner of the area miscues his attampted volley.

58min

Auckland have the better of the game in the last few minutes but can't conjure up the killer ball.

62min

SUB Auckland: Jeff Campbell on for Bryan Little

68min

Ki-Hyung Lee tries an acrobatic backwards flick from barely six yards, lands just over the bar.

70min

GOAL! 1-1 City equalise through Jeff Cambell, who has the easiest of finishes at the back post from point blank range. Jordan made the goal, reaching the byline on the left hand flank and friring a flat cross accross the face of goal.

73min

GOAL 2-1! The korean connection delivers a go-ahead goal. Ki-Hyung Lee floats in a free-kick which Yoon back headers inside the far post

78min

Yellow card for Luis Corrales

79 min

Halstead denied by the upright and then sends his follow up over.

86min

GOAL! 2-2 Wellington are back level with Peter Halstead finding teh ball at his feet and curling a left foot shot inside teh right hand post.

87min

Great run by Jordan into the box but even better tackle by Whalen

89min

Many Auckland players look out on their feet.

90min

SUB Auckland - Joel Matthews comes out for Sam Campbell. Matthews had nothing left in the tank.

90+3

Fulltime: 2-2. Auckland have shown a lot more in this half but it still could go either way. We'll have 30 minutes of extra time and possibly penalties.

92min

Yellow card for de Gregorio

94min

Free kick to Welllingotn bounces off wall. Auckland have two consective corners.

96min

Off balanced Yoon sends a chance to win the match over the bar.

98min

Jordan see a thirty-yard volley crash off teh post.

101min

Tamati Willaimas makes a fantastic save at his near post from a low Corrales drive. He gets a lot of stick but he's had a blinder today.

103min

Jordan cuts inside from right, but his left foot shot is just over

105+1

Good interplay from Auckland leads to another Jordan shot...over the bar again

Halftime in extra time. 2-2 we turnaround for another 15 mins.

107min

SUB Wellington Cole timkler in for Raf de Gregorio

107min

Penalty! Tamati Williams comes to collect a through ball but is beaten to it by Luis Corrales. Corrales goes down and O'Leary points to the sopt.

108min

GOAL! 2-3 Graham Little smashes his spot kick into the roof of the net.

112min

Auckland applying all the pressure now.. A Lee free-kick is re-taken after some shirt pulling

116min

GOAL! 2-4 Peter Halstead seals it with a breakaway. Uhlmann gets a red card for dissent.

120min

GOAL! 3-4 Jordan's 5 yard header is brilliantly saved by Imray but Suri blasts the rebound to give Auckland a sniff.

120min

One minute of added time

120+1

Corrales milks a free kick on teh edge of teh area. Kumar gets a yellow.

120+1

It's all over. Weelington end their Auckland jinx and with it terminate Auckland's mortgae on teh NZFC title. We'll have a new champion next week when Waitakere host Wellington at Trusts stadium on Sunday