NZFC - Round 4
Centennial Park, Ngaruawahia
Sunday 30 November, 2008
Stu Hogg 34, 90pen
Tom Jackson 9
Halftime: 2-1 Referee: Michael Hester Crowd: 300
by Matt Richens at Centennial Park, Ngaruawahia
Waikato FC's season gets a kick as they jump up to fifth while Otago's stutters and they drop to seventh after a 3-1 win to the hosts at Ngaruawahia's Centennial Park on Sunday.
Otago finished the game with nine men after Robbie Deely was dismissed just before half time and Rhys Henderson was given his marching orders in the final minutes for a last man tackle from behind.
But by then, the damage had been well and truly done.
Waikato outplayed the visitors, but only after the initial half an hour. Otago took the lead through young striker Tom Jackson in the ninth minute, but his side went off the ball and were substandard.
Waikato coach Dave Edmondson's constant screaming at his side seemed to have an effect, as did Otago playing like school kids.
Otago simply gave far too much ball away and their coach Terry Phelan was one very upset man.
"I'm embarrassed. I'm really embarrassed at that performance," the FA Cup winner said.
"I'm asking my players to do simple things and they can't do them. We just switch off."
"Sometimes it's like looking at kids play. It's about time they started rolling their sleeves up and give something back to the Otago United fans or I'll just bring new players in, it's as simple as that.
"We just kept giving the ball back to them. We gave them two goals in two minutes, we must have given the ball away twice in no time, that's not good enough."
Phelan continued and Otago's players must be hoping they don't sit next to him on the flight home.
"Our lads thought we'd won the game when we scored. We're a 45 minute team at the moment, today we was a 30 minute team. And that's not good enough in this, or any competition."
Phelan was so annoyed, he said a comeback from the Republic of Ireland international is on the cards.
"That's a sad statement when a 42-year-old has to do that.
"We break things down for them and keep it simple, but I think some of it goes over their heads. The good thing was a 17-year-old (Tom Jackson) comes on and smashes one in the back of the net. We've got to shut up shop and be organised."
While Phelan was livid, Edmondson was smiling but admitted getting greedy.
"I would have liked to have got to 3-1 a lot earlier, that way we could have cruised a bit more, but I'm happy.
"We need to get a bit of belief that we can be a top four team."
The win for Waikato was the first time they've won two games on the trot for a couple of years and it was without Craig Wylie and for most of the game, injured striker Steven Holloway.
It was Holloway's partner Stu Hogg who levelled the game for Waikato when he headed home from well above the defence in the 34th minute.
A minute later he crossed for Nik Keown-Robson to slot home neatly.
In the dying minutes, Hogg scored his second from the penalty spot to finally seal the game.
Edmondson said there was still plenty to work on.
"It's kind of mixed really. I'm obviously happy with the three points and to score three goals, but against 10 men we should have put them away earlier."
Waikato look to be without Holloway next week at Centennial Park again against YoungHeart, but Wylie will return.
Otago will be without both their dismissed players as well as whoever Phelan culls in their next game in a fortnight.
Photos: Grant Stantiall & Geoff Dickinson
19. Greg Walters
1. Liam Little
4. Graham Pearce (c)
2. Rhys Henderson
2. Joel Mathews
3. Tristan Prattley
8. Paul Stewart
4. Barry Gardiner (off 73)
25. Nathan Strom
5. Colin Falvey (c)
18. Nik Keown-Robson (off 90+1)
7. Robbie Deely
13. Shaun van Rooyen
9. Tom Jackson (off 64)
7. Joey Simpkins
10. David Dugdale
15. Rhys Ruka (off 72)
11. Andy Coburn
10. Stu Hogg
12. Aaron Burgess (off 58)
11. Steven Holloway (out 32)
17. Tim Horner
1. Jason Mann (RGK)
6. Mike Smith (on 73)
3. Ben Hunt
13. Callum Flaws
9. Marco Rojas (on 90+1)
14. Sean Brand (on 64)
24. Michael Mayne (on 72)
18. Tom Conner (on 58)
16. Sam Margetts (in 32)
=2 yellow cards
= red card
-10mins. Welcome interweb watchers. Fantatastic day at Ngaruawahia's Centennial Park. 25 degrees ish, pitch looks brilliant, crowd trickling in, a bit slowly to be honest. After having a boistrous 500-strong crowd a fortnight ago, I expected more. About 100 here so far. SO... if you are in the Ngara, Hamilton area and reading this, shame on you, it's a great day, the weather is perfectand we should be about to see a great game. Both Otago and Waikato have a win each and if they want to make a genuine top four run, a win today is imperitive. if there is anything you want to know, if there is anyone reading, ask away at firstname.lastname@example.org
slow start, neither side doing alot as they get into the game. Waikato have a freekick 40 out right in front, lobbed ball misses everyone and goes out for a goalkick
couple of long shots for Waikato, have most of the ball, need to be a bit more patient, normally Waikato don't shoot enough, this is refreshing. Both sides playing wide men, could be expansive. Don't envy those wingers in this heat though.
GOAL!!! Otago go up through Tom Jackson, he beat Nathan Strom on the left hand side, got into the box, dinked back away from the goal and blasted it near side past new Waikato keeper Greg Walters. Walters didn't have a chance. Nicely taken goal. Could open up the game, Waikato will need to attack.
Otago given first corner, nowhere near a corner, shocking decision... comes in long, punched out, another cross, eventually cleared by Waikato. Waikato's defence not looking great so far.
Walters comes out to grab freekick, does well. By the way, he's a giant. Makes Ross Nicholson look small and that's no mean feat.
The visitors making most of the play for now. another corner, little Graham Pearce out jumos everyone to clear, and does the same again from another cross. Even at the back, looks the best player on the pitch, but has had too much work to do thus far
YELLOW CARD Otago's Tristan Prattley bundles a Waikato player over inches outside the box. I'm 60m+ from Waikato coach Dave Edmondson and can hear every word he is saying, not a happy chappy.
Otago have a shot, through an Aaron Burgess header, but it goes over. Terry Phelan's men dominating in the heat, crowd up to 300
Otago have a pretty good shout for a penalty for a handball, turned down. Corner comes in and Walters claims again, I like the look of this kid, very confident and aggressive at coming out. Needs his outfielders to do the same. Edmondson still spewing, Waikato looking to force too much. As i say that van rooyen puts Holloway through, but is marginally offside
Scott McGuinn emailed asking how his son Greg Walters is playing. Scott is in the US. Arrrgh, the interweb, great thing. He's playing very well but has had far too much work to do thus far. Looks quality in this league Scott.
SUB Steven Holloway must be injured, he's been pulled for Sam Margetts, great chance for the young Margetts to impress.
GOAL!!!! 1-1 Stu Hogg outjumps everyone and buries a handy header from a corner. Waikato's first shot on target and we're level. I told you there would be goals
GOAL!!!! Nik Keown Robson for Waikato to make it 2-1.
RED CARD!!!! All happening here. Otago's Robbie Deely gets dismissed for a rash tackle on Joety Simpkins. Uphill for Otago from here. Funnily enough, can't hear Edmondson now
Half-time, another good punch from a corner for Walters, great first half, cards, goals, etc. Nice. Jim from the North Shore, well spotted, I'm from Chch, but i'm a neutral supporter. Well sort of. The good guys are leading 2-1.
Looks liek I missed a card to Paul Stewart somewhere in the first spell and Holloway was benched with a calf issue, inside word is he had it before the game. And we're underway again. Waikato attacking southern end
Rob Andrews, another US-based Walters follower wants to know about his suitablility to this league. Well Jason Mann is a fine keeper and he won't play again this season for Waikato now. Very positive keeper, and we don't see enough of that here. Waikato creating chances and have had two good shots, again off target though.
Rab Smith asks about NKR goal and more detail, sorry, to be honest I missed it, research (BRuce Holloway) tells me strong run bu Stu Hogg down the left, pullback cross and NKR side footed it, wrong footed keeper and dribbled in, classy finish or mishit, undecided. Pearce down is legitimate clash, stays down, stays down, and up and okay.
Waikato using overlap well, dominating, but Sammy Margetts upfront looks like a passenger. as third or fourth striker, I expected him to be champing at the bit to make a claim on a starting berth. He's not. Otago playing very compact, not sure where an equaliser could come from.
Waikato left back, Paul Stewart ranging forward too, maybe Otago are hoping to rely on counter attack, though as I say that, they start to put some passes together. David Dugdale is working v hard up front for them.
SUB Otago Tom COnner on for Aaron Burgess
Otago look far better all of a sudden, Pearce had to make a huge leap to clear a ball away from what would have been an unmarked Otago striker on the corner of the six yard box
SUB Tom Jackson off, run himself into the groung, Sean Brand comes on
Game meandering along, Waikato controlling it, bu tnot creating chances. possibly looking to shut up shop, Michael Mayne looks ready to come on. Hope they continue to attack for their sake.
SUB Mayne on for Rhys Ruka - not a bad first game for young Ruka, probably didn't see enough of him on the ball to impress. That kid can play.Waikato corner.
SUB Otago's last Mike Smith comes on for Barry Gardiner. Waikato corner, well cleared by Otago.
Phelan screaming for Otago to get the ball ijnto the box, on the counter, Waikato have a freekick in good possie
Hogg takes it, good curling, dipping ball, but straight at Little, handy enough save. At least the freekick was on target.
Great ball from Mayne to Hogg(?) who pulls ball back, but expertly cleared by Otago's Tim Horner. stopped an easy shot. Waikato still attacking and Mayne has added good strenght. Long throw for Waikato, comes to nothing, except a corner.
Nothing is happening! no shots, no anything. ball hasn't left the middle third for five minutes. Ohhh, injury, Horner isn't getting up. he's been good today. slowly gets to his feet. looks like a knock to the ankle, he'll live
Anothwer long throw from Strom, good weapon, the throw I mean, Mayne flicks on and great save by Little.
Keown-Robson earns a foul, he's been impressive. This has been Waikato's best performance. All without the suspended Craig Wylie. Otago haven't been bad, Deely's dismissal has hurt them badly. They look exhausted
Good save from Walters of a near post shot/cross then Margetts has his first real shot, a left foot, 20 yearder, good save
PENALTY and RED CARD? Hogg brought down by last man, Rhys Hendeson is off. Hogg blasts pen straight, but keeper only gets a deflection and 3-1 to Waikato.
SUB Rojas on for Keown-Robson
Fulltime 3-1 to Waikato. Two wins in a row for Waiakto for the first time in at least a season and a half. Otago had their chances, but Waikato did dominate.
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