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Waitakere United


NZFC - Round 1, Newtown Park
Sunday 9 November, 2008


Andy Barron 3
Pedro Garcias 6

Paul Seaman 19
Allan Pearce 22-pen, 51
Daniel Ellensohn 90+2



Halftime: 2-2                      Referee: Mattt Conger                               Crowd: 900


Slow-starting Waitakere prevail in Capital

by Gordon Irving at Newtown Park

New Waitakere signing Arron Scott gets past Wellington's Luis Corrales. Photo: Marty MelvilleToday’s match at Newtown Park between last year’s grand finalists kicked off five minutes early and by the time of the scheduled kick off at 3pm, Team Wellington were two goals up on Waitakere.

“We were still in the dressing room,” was Waitakere coach Chris Milicich’s stark appraisal of the situation.

“It was one of those starts, we don’t give goals away like that,” he said at the end of the match after watching his side bounce back from the early setback to eventually win the season opener 4-2.

Karl Whalen beats Daniel Koprivcic to teh ball. Photo: Marty MelvilleThe returning Andy Barron cracked in a direct free kick from the edge of the box after just three minutes, as Waitakere keeper Richard Gillespie left a gaping, and inviting hole, to his right hand side that Barron gratefully filled.

Barron is back in the Wellington midfield after trawling the grounds of England and the USA last year looking for a pro contract.

A couple of minute later and Wellington were two up as Pedro Garcias found himself alone on the edge of the six yard box and guided his first time effort into the corner of the net.

“84 minutes is a long time to hold onto a lead like that against Waitakere, we can’t just shut up shop,” said Wellington coach Stu Jacobs at the end of the game.

Barron came within a whisper of extending the Wellington lead to three after eighteen minutes as his glancing header had Gillespie at full stretch but within a minute the Aucklanders were back in the game.

Wellington failed to clear a free kick and the ball was lobbed back into Danny Hay who had stayed forward. Hay had time to control the pass and cross for Paul Seaman to score with the easiest of tap-ins from a couple of metres.

Three minutes later it was all tied up at two apiece. Wellington defender Steve Gulley handled inside the box and Allan Pearce levelled the match from the penalty spot.

Six minutes into the second spell Pearce had his second and Waitakere found themselves in front as he scrambled the ball home past a despairing Phil Imray.

Wellington had their chances to take a share of the points but the experienced Waitakere back line including Hay, Jonathan Perry and Neil Emblem kept them out.

With the game deep into injury time former Wellingtonian Daniel Ellensohn robbed Peter Howe in the box and scored Waitakere’s clincher from an acute angle.

‘That was a fair reflection of the game,” said Milicich. “They deserved a couple of goals but I had a firm conversation with the team at halftime.”

Jacobs says it was just good to get playing again after some off field dramas almost meant that Team Wellington wouldn’t participate in this season’s league.

“I was pleased with the way we played,” said Jacobs, “and we’ll be better for the run.”

“That’s given us a benchmark as to where we are at and what we need to do and I’m glad we played someone like Waitakere first up.”


Team Sheet

Team Wellington


Waitakere United

1. Phil Imray (GK)

1. Richard Gillespie (GK)

3. Steve Gulley

3. Aaron Scott

5. Michael Eagar

5. Danny Hay (Captain)

8. Peter Howe

8. Paul Seaman  

10. Luis Corrales

10. Allan Pearce  

12. Andy Barron

13. Daniel Koprivcic

13. Karl Whalen (Captain)

15. Chris Bale

14. Sam Jenkins

16. Neil Emblen

16. Pedro Garcias  

17. Jake Butler

17. Jeremy Brockie

18. Ian Hogg

25. Paul Whitmarsh

29. Adriano Pimenta



6. Mike Pickering

2. Jonathan Perry

7. Sam Blackburn

4. Tim Myers

15. Allen Chote

7. Daniel Ellensohn

21. Tim Schaeffers

21. Kayne Vincent

24. Jake Gleeson

22. Danny Robinson (RGK)


=yellow card

=2 yellow cards

= red card


Play by Play


Welcome to Newton Park where Team Wellington take on reigning champions Waitakere United in a replay of last year's grand final (won 2-0 by Waitakere). The champions have left their player of last season Jonathan Perry on their bench, with new signings Ian Hogg and Aaron Scott taking places in the defence. Brazilian striker Adriano Pimenta makes his NZFC debut. Jeremy Brockie lines up for Team Wellington for the first time.


We're off! A little early but they just must be keen to get the season underway.


GOAL 1-0! Keen? Are they ever! Team Wellington wins a free kick just outside the area and Andy Barron sees some space to the keeper's right and says "thanks very much". Team Wellington lead the champions. What a start!


GOAL 2-0!! Sensational start for Team Wellington. A cross comes in and Garcias, unmarked at the back post, just sidefoots it into the net.


The match seems to have settled down somewhat after that quickfire start.


GOAL 2-1! Paul Seaman reduces the margin to one. A wide free-kick wasn't completely cleared. The ball was sent back into the mixer and Danny Hay - who had stayed up - nods it into Seaman's path.


Penalty! It's all drama here at Newtown Park. Steve Gulley is cuaght for handball in the area and it looks like Allan Pearce will step up to take teh spotkick.


GOAL 2-2! Pearce coolly slots it to bring the champions level.


Halftime: 2-2. Fours goals in an action packed half. Waitakere showed their character in coming back from a horror start but the game is atill in the balance.


GOAL 2-3! Allan Pearce grabs his second, stealing in behind teh Wellington defence to put Waitakere in front.


Looks like Jonathan Perry came on at halftime for Ian Hogg.


Waiatkere have used all their subs, bringing on Daniel Ellensohn and Kayne Vincent for Paul Seaman and Adriano Pimenta.


The game has gone a bit flat here although teh ref is dishing a few cards out. We're having trouble keeping up with them.


GOAL! 2-4! Daniel Ellensohn disposesses a Wellington defender in the box and then hits the top corner from an acute angle. Scores against his old club. How often does that happen? Yearly, if you're Ellensohn. He scored for Welington against Waitakere (a former club) in the opening round last year.


Final Score: 2-4 Waitakere fight back from two goals down