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Hawke's Bay United

Team Wellington


NZFC - Round 3, Park Island
Sunday 18 November, 2008


Graham Fyfe 62-pen

Luis Corrales 52, 60



Halftime: 0-0                      Referee:                                Crowd: 


Wellington warming up with Napier win 

by Anendra Singh at Park Island

Luis Corrales celebrates his double. Photo: John Cowpland's Bay turned on a balmy 30-plus-degree day but, unfortunately, its football club didn't look like they wanted to be at the park.

Team Wellington players hit the road straight after a refreshing shower and coolly took with them a well-deserved three points after defeating Hawke's Bay United 2-1 at Park Island, Napier, this afternoon.

Coming off two defeats in the New Zealand Football Championship, the visitors desperately needed points and Costa Rican import Luis Corrales provided that impetus.

The nippy striker drew blood twice in the second half to put Wellington in the box seat as the boys from the capital outplayed the hosts who seemed sluggish after a crisp opening 10 minutes.

“He's in a class of his own, isn't he?” said Wellington coach Stu Jacobs.

“I suppose in a tight game like this he's the difference. Against a team like Hawke's Bay you have to have an X factor and he's it.”

Jacobs said his team had a reasonable game against Waitakere in the opener but against with ten men against Manawatu they were not even close.

Wellington midfielder Pedro Garcias, of Chile, kept the engine room stoked with great ball distribution that often left the Bay defence in disarray.

“The way we set up gives Pedro a free run, really, to get on the ball and try to initiate attacks for us. He's got a good work rate too and we don't want him going backwards too often.”

“The South Americans did well for us but, mmm, I think everyone came to the game for us today,''

Wellington's Luis Corrales beat Mitch O'Brien to the ball. Photo Jon Cowpland was already looking forward to their next match against Auckland.

A circumspect Bay head coach Jonathan Gould said it would have been a travesty had Wellington not gone back home with maximum points.

Gould rued his men's missed opportunities and the lack of cohesiveness that gradually crept into the game soon after.

“We really didn't click, show enough energy on the ball and get into positions where people could pass. Because of that we became very predictable.”

He was brutally honest and pooh-poohed anyone who dared offer excuses about the heat.

“It just doesn't come into it,” he said, resigned to going back to the drawing board in Tuesday's training.

“I didn't think we played well against Waikato and I was expecting us to deliver some kind of performance today.

“We conceded two sloppy goals. One was brilliantly scored, the second one I didn't expect them to score to be honest.”

Gould said everyone knew Corrales was going to be a threat so that became the responsibility of the back four to care of that and they had failed in two or three occasions.

“This league is so short that we have to bounce back with a win against Manawatu.”

Nelson College schoolboy striker Andrew Abba, of the Solomon Islands, failed to make the line-up after an ankle injury flared up in training, ruling him out for 10 days.

But the day belonged to Corrales, his blinding speed and his mesmerising foot skills leaving the Bay defenders in sixes and sevens.

Phil Imray was ssent the wrong way by Graham Fyfe's penalty. Photo: John Cowpland stunned the Bluewater Stadium in the 52nd minute with a hard low shot from inside the left bottom corner after a penetrating run that was too quick for Bay goalkeeper Mitch O'Brien even with the help of gravity. In fact it would have taken something special from the best goalkeepers in the country to defy.

Eight minutes later the striker showed those who dare always win. Typically outpacing the defence, he flicked the ball into the 18m box as a defender advanced.

Realising he needed to charge out of the goal, O'Brien made a beeline for the 50-50 ball but Corrales wasn't about to pull out. He stuck his foot out and, like a golf pitch wedge shot, chipped the ball over to make it 2-0.

Jacobs subbed Corrales for Bay boy Sam Jenkins in the 75th minute for a well-earned break.

Wellington's Peter Halstead had good game too, causing a distraction that often freed up Corrales. He was unlucky not to score from a Garcias freekick in the 21st minute with a header that deflected off the cross bar.

Hawke’s Bay's goal came in the 62nd minute when former Napier City Rovers player Peter Howe's crude tackle saw Graham Fyfe walk up for a spot kick.

The Scotsman sent Phil Imray diving the wrong way to narrow the margin to 2-1 but the scoreline does not do justice to the visitors' dominance.  


Team Sheet

Hawke's Bay United


Team Wellington

1 Mitch O'Brien (GK) 

1 Phil Imray (GK)

12 James Oxtoby

5 Michael Eagar

2 Chris Davies

8 Peter Howe

9 Daniel Kirkup

10 Luis Corrales  (off 71)

5 Campbell Parkin

9 Brian Little (off 75)

7 Cole Peverley (off 62)

13 Karl Whalen

4 Greig Henslee (off 84)

16 Pedro Garcia

11 Graham Fyfe

18 Peter Halstead  (off 63)

8 Chris McIvor

22 Adam Birch

13 Leon Birnie

23 Tim Schaeffers

10 Seule Soromon (off 80)

21 Ross McKenzie



23 Shaun Peta (RGK)

25 Paul Whitmarsh (on 63)

20 Andrew Bevan

14 Sam Jenkins (on 75)

22 Anthony Floyd (on 84)

7 Sam Blackburn (on 71)

3 Alex Barlow (on 62)

24 Jake Gleeson (RGK)

17 David Gearey (on 80)


=yellow card

=2 yellow cards

= red card


Play by Play


30degC + beeze but not much relief for players


within 10 seconds gk imray makes a point-blank save from Birnie shot.


peter healstead heads from 12m out but ball rokets past right upright.


seule soromon latches on to all for great cross inside 18m box but eagar defends for corner.

from ensuing corner corrales attacks but defended.


18th corrales' blinding speed again catches defence napping but mitch blocks shot from right flank.

garcias in midfield blasts from 20m out but deflected.


garcias freekick close to goal line but edge of 18m box near left cornerflag but halstead header clips upright and bounces back.


kirkup fouls halstead and from freekick comes corner but defended.


corrales again unmarked on right flank with four Hb defneders caught napping but kirkup almost concedes own goal in defence.


yellow card for campbell pakin for tripping corrales.


soromon overruns ball inexcitement to score with


corrales again beats entire defence to only find his shot beats o'brien in oal and clip right upright.


brian little yellow carded for tripping soromon just inside team wgtn half.


GOAL! 0-1 corrales draws first blood with hard low shot to left bottom corner 1-0 wgtn


jmes oxtoby HB utd yellow cardfor for fouling corrales


halstead wgtn yellow card for foul


halstead subbed by paul whitmarsh


GOAL! 0-2 corrales again outpaces defence, flicks ball into 18m box amnd beats gk o'brien 50-50 ball wgtn 2-0 p.


peverley subbed, incensed, with parkin to centreback, davis centre-mid and alex barlow in.


GOAL! 1-2 HB utd earn penalty after foul in box and fyffe sends imray dving wrong side.score 2-1


little off blackburn on


sam jenkins wgtn on for corrales


mcivor duffs from inside 18m box


anthony floyd in midfield for HB utd's greig henslee


sam jenkins skews ball off left boot fro left flank with none to beat inside 18m box


ref asks for 2min added tme; fyffe from left flank runs in with option to shoot from inside 18m box but instead crosses but defender runs back to intercept

game over!