NZFC - Round 2, Memorial Park, Plamerston North,
Saturday 15 November, 2008
Jason Hayne 14, 80
Halftime: 2-0 Referee: Matt Conger Crowd: 350
by Jonathan Galuszka at Memorial Park
A single piece of poor discipline left Team Wellington with no chance as YoungHeart Manawatu cruised to a 3-0 win at Memorial Park in Palmerston North today and into second place on the table.
Wellington started as the better team, playing a strong passing game through the midfield and getting the ball forward quickly.
However, in the eleventh minute, Manawatu striker Gonzalo Nieres took down Steve Gulley in the Wellington penalty box, earning Nieres a yellow card.
Gulley then retaliated by throwing the ball at the back of Nieres’ head. This led to referee Matt Conger punishing Gulley with a straight red card.
Manawatu also punished that behaviour, with Jason Hayne doubling his season tally in the 14th minute with a well-timed shot past Wellington keeper Phil Imray.
This lead was extended in the 28th minute when captain Adam Cowan managed to latch onto a magical ball that split the Wellington midfield and defensive lines and placed it into the back of the net.
“It just wasn’t good enough. There’s no excuse for it,” Team Wellington head coach Stu Jacobs said.
“The whole first half we just looked lethargic.”
Manawatu coach Bob Sova was also disappointed with his team’s first half performance, even though they had a two-goal lead at the break.
“We could have had it wrapped up by half time,” Sova said.
“We easily should have had four or five goals.”
Wellington managed to play well with ten men in the second half. The midfield managed to control the ball and play some encouraging passes up to striker Luis Corrales. That final touch was all that was missing from Wellington’s game.
But playing with a man short finally managed to catch up with Wellington towards the end of the game. Jason Hayne skinned his fatigued marker down the right flank before hitting a brilliant strike past Imray.
While managing to record their second win from two games, Manawatu coach Bob Sova was far from happy with the way his team played today.
“There were no standouts for me today. No one really played well but no one managed to have a bad game. It was a good all-round team effort,” Sova said.
“It is encouraging [to win two from two] but we can hardly start acting cocky or arrogant at this stage of the season.”
When asked about his team’s performance after the game, Stu Jacobs failed to let the red card be an excuse.
”We have won games when we have been down to ten men before. We just played with no passion,” Jacobs said.
“Our passing was bad. Our touch was bad. Deep down they [the Wellington players] know that.”
Manawatu travel to Otago next week and Bob Sova recognises the threat that a game far away from home poses.
“We went down there twice last season and didn’t come away with wins. They came here and we managed to smash them,” Sova said.
“You travel down on the day you play. You’re fatigued and that has a huge effect on how you play.”
“We will have to make sure we are careful and ensure that we play like we want to win.”
“Having three from three and beating a Wellington team that was grand finalists last year would be a good start to the season.”
Wellington has to travel also when they take on Hawke’s Bay next.
“That will be a challenge for us,” Jacobs said.
“They’re all a challenge when you have lost two from two.”
Photos: Talya Wilson
1 Chris Marsh
1 Phil Imray
2 Adam Cowan (C)
3 Steve Gulley
3 Pablo Yackson
5 Michael Eager
4 Jan Weissenfeldt
8 Peter Howe
7 Jason Hayne
10 Luis Corrales
11 Scott Robson
13 Karl Whalen
12 Park Sung-Bae(off 62 min)
14 Sam Jenkins (off 61min)
16 Raf de Gregorio
16 Pablo Garcia (off 15min)
18 Finlay Milne
21 Brian Little
20 Gonzalo Nieres (off 85)
22 Adam Birch
22 Cory Chettleburgh
25 Paul Whitmarsh (off 57min)
19 Andrew Bailey
6 Mike Pickering
6 Matt Kennedy
7 Sam Blackburn (on 61min)
8 Nathan Cooksley
18 Peter Halstead (on 57min)
9 Gustavo Saralegui (on 62 min)
19 Craig Alderdice (on 15min)
10 Leo Shin (on 85)
24 Jake Gleeson
=2 yellow cards
= red card
Welcome to Memorial Park in Palmerston North for this second round clash between Team Wellington and YoungHeart Manawatu. Team Wellington come here seeking their first points of the season while Manawatu will want to keep their perfect record this season so far. Former Wellington player Raf de Gregorio gets to play against his former club for the first time today while Manawatu also have managed to sort out Adam Cowan's work commitments to ensure they have their captain today.
YoungHeart have kicked off playing into a slight breeze this half.
Team Wellington get the first chance with Paul Whitmarsh jumping up to a floating cross in the box. However, he cannot connect.
Gonzalo Nieres make a run up the middle. He manages to hit a low, bobbling shot wide of Imray's post.
Brian Little jumps on a loose ball on the Manawatu 18-yard. He puts a bullet past YoungHeart keeper Chris Marsh but the post denies him.
First corner of the game goes to YoungHeart. However, Jason Hayne's cross is too high for everyone.
The referee is getting the captains togeather to have a bit of a chat. There has been a lot of silly appealing to the ref and he obviously wants to cut it out.
Nieres picks himself up a yellow card for a silly challenge in the Wellington box.
RED CARD! Steve Gulley gets a red for retaliating at Nieres' challenge on him. Hardly what Wellington need at this stage of the game.
GOAL! 1-0 Manawatu capitalise early by putting Jason Hayne through the gap in the defense and he makes no mistake to double his tally for the season.
SUB Pablo Garcia leaves the field so that Craig Alderdice can plug the hole in the defence.
Despite losing a man, Wellington have had the better of Manawatu in the last few minutes. They've had a few attacking free kicks and are playing the ball around well.
Scott Robson floats a great cross over from the right to the left, giving Nieres a chance for a shot. However, he puts it a few metres over the bar.
Scott Robson goes down in a heap. However, the crowds chants off "Off! Off! Off!" are ignored.
Jason Hayne makes a great run into the box. He puts the ball square for Nieres. The Wellington defence makes a hash of it and Phil Imray manages to clean up just in a nick of time.
Cory Chettleburgh makes a ripper of a run down his left flank. He tries to beat Imray on his inside but - like any good keeper - Imray has it covered.
Korean import Park Sung-Bae gets high to head down a ball to a flying Gonzalo Nieres who pounds a ball goalwards. But once again, Imray has it covered.
GOAL! 2-0 A magical ball is threaded through the midfield and Manawatu captain Adam Cowan slots the ball under Imray.
Yellow Card. Sung-Bae picks up a yellow for a loose tackle.
Yellow Card. Finlay Milne gets a yellow for a very hard challenge.
Jason Hayne has a huge dig from 30-yards out. It isn't shabby either, just going past the inside post. He obviously wants to keep in the Golden Boot race for a while yet.
Chettleburgh beats his man and manages to give Nieres a great ball. He then turns a man inside-out before curling a shot just wide of the outside post.
Chettleburgh has a dig from 30-yards out. It's a ripper that Imray just manages to tip onto the bar. Chettleburgh is getting through a truckload of work this half. Easily the standout player from either team this half.
Two Wellington players have gone up for a defensive header and both have gone down in a heap. That should teach them a valuable footballing lesson - if you want it, call for it.
Two minutes of extra time this half.
Halftime 2-0 The enthusiastic home crowd give their team a big hand for their first half effort as they leave the field. Cory Chettleburgh sure deserves it for his work. No doubt Wellington coach Stu Jacobs will have a few words to say to his team.
The second half is underway.
Wellington get the first chance of the half. Coralles puts a ball across the box. No Wellington players running onto it makes it fairly ineffective.
Yellow Card. Chettleburgh gets himself a yellow for time wasting when trying to prevent Wellington taking a free kick quickly.
SUB Paul Whitmarsh leaves the field for Peter Halstead.
Sam Jenkins has a dig from at least 40 yards out. Marsh makes the save but almost lets a Wellington attacker get a follow-up shot off.
SUB Sam Jenkins leaves the field for Sam Blackburn. Wellington have now used all of their subs. No doubt the remaining 10 men will find the rest of the game very tiring.
SUB YoungHeart make their first change of the game with Park Sung-Bae making way for Gustavo Saralegui.
This half has been much more settled. There have been very few chances on goal due to an increase in defensive unity from both sides.
Yellow Card. Raf de Gregorio picks up a yellow for a bad tackle on a former team-mate.
Yellow Card. Peter Halstead picks himself up a yellow card.
Yellow Card. Adam Birch's challenge on Nieres gets all boots and no ball, leaving the ref no choice but to give him a yellow.
GOAL! 3-0 Hayne gets a double with a brilliant strike past a diving Imray.
SUB Leo Shin gets a run and Gonzalo Nieres gets a break.
Two minutes of extra time are to be added.
Fulltime 3-0 YoungHeart manage to make it two from two while Wellington are still to gain a point so far. A good game for the fans that turned up today and YoungHeart coach Bob Sova keeps his perfect streak in the NZFC.