NZFC - Round 4
Douglas Field, Henderson
Saturday 29 November, 2008
Benjamin Totori 13
Gareth Turnbull 70
Halftime: 1-0 Referee: Nick Waldron Crowd: 357
by Bob Pearce at Douglas Field
Waitakere ears were ringing after their 1-1 home draw with bottom-placed Canterbury United at Douglas Field on Saturday.
Coach Chris Milicich stalked across the field to the dressing room and gave his team a piece of his mind after they had wasted a 1-0 halftime lead with a second-half performance that was the worst possible rehearsal for their World Club Cup campaign next week.
"I felt our second-half performance was a disgrace. We just let people walk past us. The first half we dominated and should have put three or four past them. I don't care that we've had three tough games in a week. You've got to defend properly.
"Nobody will miss out on the trip to Tokyo but some of them won't be playing. I just don't trust them."
It was no consolation that YoungHeart Manawatu and Auckland City also lost as Milicich counted the game as two points thrown away.
In fact, he was somewhat lucky to be rueing the loss of two points as it could have easily been three after Waitakere's dismal second spell. Canterbury had a string of reasonable chances that they couldn't convert, with striker Michael Fifii hard to contain but wayward in his shooting.
With a brisk breeze behind them in the first half Waitakere began much as they finished in their defeat of Auckland City midweek.
Canterbury were bunched in defence and offered little in attack.
It was no surprise when after 13 minutes Benjamin Totori played a one-two with Daniel Koprivcic, rounded a defender and stroked the ball into the net. There were more chances for the home team as Adriano Pimenta at last began to show some of his Brazilian reputation.
But there were also worrying signs for Waitakere as the defence failed to clear a couple of promising Canterbury attacks and penalty box pinball could have produced a goal against the run of play.
Canterbury seemed to take heart from holding the champions at bay and they were the ones who made the running in the second half. Tom Lancaster shot just wide in the 67th minute and three minutes later the Southerners were level.
Goalie Richard Gillespie, hero of the win on Wednesday, failed to hold a shot and Gareth Turnbull was presented with the simplest of headers.
Fifii three times used his speed to split the Waitakere defence but he couldn't find the shot that would have deservedly won the match. Right at the death a wild kick by Gillespie fortunately fell safely when it could well have been very costly.
"I think we could be the more disappointed of the two sides," said Canterbury coach Korouch Monsef. "We were good value today. I was expecting we'd be more under the gun than we were.
"Michael Fifii plays very much off the cuff and he can be a real handful. It was a pity he didn't bring his finishing game."
Photos: Shane Wenzlick www.phototek.co.nz
1 Richard Gillespie (GK)
1 Michael O'Keeffe (GK)
20 Jason Rowley (Hogg 61)
2 Dan Terris
2 Jonathan Perry
3 Matt Boyd
16 Neil Emblen
4 Bill Robinson
3 Aaron Scott
5 Andy Pitman
17 Jake Butler
7 Ryan Faichnie (Smith 65)
15 Chris Bale
8 Garry McDermott (Overton 78)
14 Jeff Campbell
9 Tom Lancaster
29 Adriano Pimenta (Pearce 68)
11 Gareth Turnbull (Wortelboer 88)
9 Benjamin Totori
12 Michael Fifii
13 Daniel Koprivcic (Ellensohn 74)
21 Ben Harris
22 Danny Robinson (RGK)
10 Jamie Smith
10 Allan Pearce
16 Nick Wortelboer
7 Daniel Ellensohn
19 Darren Overton
18 Ian Hogg
22 Chris Sinclair
12 Roy Krishna
=2 yellow cards
= red card
Beautiful sunny day with temperatures in mid-20s
All pressure from Waitakere as they make most of following wind
Yellow card Jeff Campbell for dive in Canterbury penalty area
GOAL! Totori plays one-two with Koprivcic, then rounds defender to score.
Ref overlooks handball by Terris in penalty area.
Cross by Totori finds Pimenta who volleys powerfully just wide
Fifii clear but lobs over the bar as goalie advances
Lancaster shot well saved by Gillespie
Rowley's long ball volleyed by sprinting Totori, but wide
Yellow card for Butler for tackle
Pimenta shot well held by O'Keeffe. Brazilian follows up with nice passing interchange foiled by defence
Halftime and only one goal after both sides squandered several chances
No changes to either side at the break
Scott fails to convert great chance as O'Keeffe dives at his feet to save
Fifii clear but Gillespie just grabs ball as he lines up shot
Emblen and Balle set up Koprivcic but his shot is weak
Yellow card Pitman for shirt pull.
Substitution Waitakere:Ian Hogg replaces Rowley
Substitution Canterbury, Faichnie off, Jamie Smith on
Lancaster bombs just wide, Canterbury pressing hard.
Substitution Waitakere, Pearce on for Pimenta.
GOAL! Gillespie fails to hold shot from Smith, simple header for Turnbull
Fifii shot fisted over by Gillespie
Yellow card Terris for tackle
Substitution for Waitakere, Ellensohn for Koprivcic
Substitution Canterbury Overton on for McDermott.
Lancaster into side netting as Canterbury press forward.
Fifii splits defence but shoots straight at goalie
Substitution Canterbury Wortelboer replaces Turnbull
Four minutes added time to play
Wild kick by Gillespie fortunately falls safely.
Full time and Canterbury have grabbed a point deservedly on their second-half performance.