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Waitakere United v Team Wellington

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Waitakere United

Team Wellington


NZFC - Round 1
Fred Taylor Park - November 3, 2007


Allan Pearce 62

Daniel Ellensohn 20
Peter Halstead 89


Halftime: 0-1    Referee: Michael Hester (Wgtn)    Crowd: 500

Halstead the hero for Wellington

By Bob Pearce at Fred Taylor Park Halstead's teamates rush to celebrate his late winner

Peter Halstead, who had come on as a defender midway through the second half, reverted to his more usual goal-scoring role to snatch a 2-1 victory for Team Wellington over Waitakere United today.

In the 89th minute Halstead was left unmarked in the penalty area and nodded home a right-wing corner from close range to allow Wellington to return home with maximum points from the opening game of the New Zealand Football Championship at Fred Taylor Park, Whenuapai.

The visitors had taken the lead in the 20th minute when former Waitakere player Daniel Ellensohn broke through, beat a tackle and calmly beat keeper Simon Eaddy.

Waitakere equalised in the 62nd minute when Jason Hayne, who had a strong game, crossed from the right and Allan Pearce gratefully took the chance after goalie Phil Imray had only partially cleared.

Danial Elensohn challenges Waitakere's Darren BazeleyWellington coach Stu Jacobs was delighted to take all the points from the team that topped the table last season and lost only narrowly in the grand final.

"I wasn't too sure if we were right for game one," he said. "But I told the boys that win or lose let's make a statement that we're contenders this season. There's a long way to go but I think they've achieved that.

"We're a team that likes to play and I was pleased we kept playing. I think Waitakere were feeling the effects of their game earlier in the week."

Waitakere coach Chris Milicich was understandably disappointed at the result but much happier with his team's performance than he was after they squeaked a win over their Tahitian opponents in the O-League on Wednesday.

"We played much better today but two games in four days caught up with the lads at the end," he said. "We'll certainly improve a long way on this."

Benjamin Totori, Golden Boot last season for YoungHeart Manawatu, Jamie Farrington shields the ball from the oncoming Benjamin Totorihad chances to get on the scoreboard for the season and Hayne led the defence a merry dance on the right flank. But one of Waitakere's best shots on goal came from midfielder Chris Bale, who drew a fine save from Phil Imray.

Danny Hay, Jonathan Perry and Darren Bazeley were solid in defence and it was a surprise that Wellington conjured the victory from a set piece.

Wellington's Graham Little and George Barbarouses were a threat on the break and captain Andy Barron was a skilled prompter, though he wasted a golden opportunity to score in the closing stages.

Pictures: Shane Wenzlick

Team Sheet

Waitakere United

NZFC - Round 1, Fred Taylor Park


Team Wellington

November 3, 2007
Kickoff: 3pm

2. Jonathan Perry

2. Sam Peters

4. Matt Cunneen

4. Jamie Farrington 

5. Danny Hay 

6. Adam Birch 

6. Darren Bazeley

9. Daniel Ellensohn 

7. Jason Hayne 

11. George Barbarouses (71 off)

9. Benjamin Totori

12. Andy Barron

13. Daniel Koprivcic (78 off)

14. Darren Cheriton (90+1 off)

14. Hoani Edwards

15. Graham Little

15. Christopher Bale (46 off)

17. Wiremu Patrick

22. Simon Eaddy (GK)

19. Sean Douglas (57 off)

33. Paul Seaman (68 off)

24. Phil Imray (GK)



1. Richard Gillespie (gk)

1. Dylan Hall

3. Shane Pascoe

10. Luis Corrales (71 on)

10. Allan Pearce (46 on) 

18. Peter Halstead (57 on) 

17. Jake Butler (68 on)

23. Chris Gores (90+1 on)

23. Blair Konik (78 on)

Play by Play

Play by play

8 mins

Totori brought down on edge of penalty area, freekick cleared

9 mins

Farrington fouls Totori yellow card. header by Totori from freekick wide

16 mins

Bale shot from distance well saved by Imray

18 mins

Totori shoots wide; Ellensohn booked.

20 mins

GOAL! 0-1 Wellington take the lead after Ellensohn fastens on to long ball, eludes a defender and rifles past Eaddy.

23 mins

Jason Hayne yellow for tackle

29 mins

Little behind defence, scuffs shot

33 mins

Danny Hay yellow for clash on attack

37 mins

Bazeley freekick, Hay heads wide

45 + 1

Waitakere freekick cleared


0-1 - Wellington go to the break with a deserved 1-0 buffer.

46 mins

Allan Pearce on for Chris Bale

46 mins

Yellow for Birch

49 mins

Totori breaks, shot blocked by goalie

56 mins

Cheriton's shot blocked by goalie.

57 mins

Halstead on for Douglas

62 mins

GOAL! 1-1 A Jason Hayne cross is punched by goalie Phil Imray but only as far as Allan Pearce who buries a volley.

68 mins

Paul Seaman replaced by Jake Butler

71 mins

Luis Corrales on for Barbarouses

77 mins

Barron shot well saved by Eaddy

78 mins

Konik on for Koprivcic

81 mins

Peters shoots just wide on break down left

85 mins

Barron fires over top after Little had weaved through defence.

89 mins

GOAL! 1-2 Peter Halstead snatches a late winner with an unmarked header from close range after right wing corner

90 mins

FINAL 1-2 It's all over at a sun-bathed Fred Taylor Park and Team Wellington are celebrating a great start to the season thanks to Halstead's late winner.

Full match report and photos to follow.