NZFC - Round 1, English Park
November 8 2008
Jason Hayne 18
Halftime: 0-1 Referee: Jamie Cross (Wellington) Crowd:
by Gavin Searle at English Park
The opening game of the new Southern Trust New Zealand Football Championship between Canterbury United and YoungHeart Manawatu failed to reach any great heights with Manawatu taking all three points with Jason Hayne’s solitary first half goal.
Hayne flourished in what was almost a free role on his debut for Manawatu – his fourth NZFC club in five seasons – but it was down the left-hand flank where he ultimately did the greatest damage.
With only less than 20 minutes up on the clock, the former Auckland, Hawke’s Bay and Waitakere winger ran unchecked down the left side and then cut in before surprising Adam Highfield with a low shot that somehow crept through the Canterbury keeper’s grasp.
At times the fixture looked more like a pre-season hit out, rather than a full on league fixture, with the strong wind swirling around English Park not helping the players.
The home side failed to create enough chances to really test the Manawatu defence with their keeper, Chris Marsh, hardly having called on to make a serious save.
Visa clearance for Solomon Islands striker Commins Menapi - with 39 NZFC goals to his name - can not come fast enough for Canterbury fans who will demand more teeth from the Dragons this season.
Canterbury coach Korouch Monsef was guarded with his comments after the game.
"The lack of any preseason games showed," Monsef said.
"After going behind some of our decision making was lacking at time to get us back in the game”,
Manawatu coach, Bob Sova, was naturally happy with his first win in charge.
"I'm very happy," Sova siad.
"It is always to good to start with a win first up. We defended well and looked good in patches when we tried to get the ball wide to Jason Hayne."
Manawatu should have increased their lead into the second half but captain, Adam Cowan first shot over the bar in front of goal then Gonzalo Nieres should have done better after being set up by Seong-Bae Park.
Both sides will be better off for the run with the lack of penetration in the final third of the field will need to be addressed quickly by Canterbury if they do not want to repeat last season finish.
The arrival of the Solomon Islands frontrunner and the return to fitness of defender Dan Terris and gifted midfielder Stu Kelly will be eagerly awaited by Dragons' fans.
Photos: Glyn Davies www.m4photography.co.nz
1. Adam Highfield (GK)
1. Chris Marsh (GK)
3. Matt Boyd
2. Adam Cowan (Capt)
4. Bill Robertson (Capt)
3. Pablo Yackson
5. Andy Pitman
4. Jan Weissenfeldt
7. Ryan Faichnie
6. Matt Kennedy
8. Garry McDermott
7. Jason Hayne
9. Tom Lancaster (out 72)
11. Scott Robson
10. Jamie Smith
12. Seong-Bae Park (out 81)
12. Michael Fifii
16. Raf de Gregorio
15. James Reichwein (out 72)
18. Finlay Milne
16. Nick Wortelboer (out 46)
20. Gonzalo Nieres (out 89)
11. Gareth Turnbull (in 72)
19. Andrew Bailey (RGK)
19. Darren Overton (in 72)
8. Nathan Cooksley
21. Ben Harris (in 46)
9. Gustavo Saralegui (in 89)
22. Chris Sinclair (RGK)
10. Leo Shin
22. Cory Chettleburgh (in 81)
=2 yellow cards
= red card
Perfect weather here at English Park today - a far cry from the snow we had yesterday! YoungHeart have included their new South Korean striker Seong Bae-Park, along with off-season acquistions Rag de Gregorio and Jason Hayne. meanwhile Canterbury welcome back Adam Highfield from injury but Dan Terris misses the game with a groin injury.
We're underway - wo will be first on the board in the 08-09 NZFC?
Nothe sides are just trying to get a sense of the other, and not willing to risk too much
Michael Fifii gets a chance but hits the side netting!
GOAL 0-1! Jason Hayne scores on his Manwatu debut. Fids a bit of space on the left-hand sideand fires a shot off from 25 metres on teh angle. Not sure if Highfield saw it late but somehow it squeezed under the Canterbury stopper.
The goal hasn't invigorated either side just yet. Manawatu aren't exactly sitting on their lead but haven't managed to create anything else in the attacking third just yet.
Neither team is gaining an edge in midfield yet, and any forays forward are being snuffed out by the respective defences.
Halftime 0-1. An evenly contested half comes to an end with just Jason Hayne's goal separating the sides. Last year's wooden-spooners are not out of this one yet.
We're back underway, and the wind that now favours the home side as picked up during the break. Neither coach has made any changes yet.
YoungHeart have had a couple of half chances but not made anything of them.
Manawatu captain AdamCowan has time to control the ball on the dge of the area but blasts his shot over the bar. Thi sgame really needs another goal to spark it into life. Doesn't look like it'll come from the home side though.
Canterbury lacking punch up top. Will Monsef make some changes soon?
YoungHeart's new Korean signing Seong Bae-Park delivers a great cross for Gonzalo Nieres but the Uruguyan somehow pushes his header wide of teh mark.
Double substitution: Canterbury. Tom Lancaster and James Reicjwein are replaced by Darren Overton and Gareth Turnbull. Can they make a difference?
SUB: YoungHeart replace Seong with Cory Chettleburgh
Final 0-1. It's all over here and YoungHeart will be top of the table at least overnight. Chris Marsh didn't really have a serious save to make in the YoungHeart goal so if the rumours of Commins Menapi's transfer are true then his appearnce in Canterbury colours can't come fast enough.