NZFC - Round 1, Newtown Park
Sunday 9 November, 2008
Andy Barron 3
Paul Seaman 19
Halftime: 2-2 Referee: Mattt Conger Crowd: 900
by Gordon Irving at Newtown Park
Today’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.
The 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.”
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)
=2 yellow cards
= red card
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