Hawke's Bay United
NZFC - Round 4
Memorial Park, Palmerston North
Sunday November 29, 2008
Adam Cowan 44
Seule Soromon 21
Halftime: 1-1 Referee: Jamie Cross Crowd: 500
by Jonathan Galuszka at Memorial Park.
A last-gasp goal was YoungHeart Manawatu’s undoing in their 1-2 loss against Hawke’s Bay United today at Memorial Park in Palmerston North.
While it was YoungHeart inflicting last-minute heartbreak on Otago last week, it was the turn of former All White Che Bunce to give Hawke’s Bay the win in a game that most would say was evenly contested.
YoungHeart started off on top, with wingers Cory Chettleburgh and Jason Hayne scything down the touchlines and either providing crosses for Park Sung-Bae and Gonzalo Nieres or taking shots themselves.
But it was Hawke’s Bay that took first blood in the 21st minute through striker Seule Soromon. The Vanuatu international caught a long ball that floated up field, turned his man to get one-on-one with goalkeeper Chris Marsh and calmly slotted it past him to score.
The rest of the half was fairly even, with Hawke’s Bay’s midfield – led by Graham Fyfe – preventing YoungHeart from playing the ball forward while at the same time creating chances for Soromon.
Just as it looked like the Bay would take their lead into halftime, YoungHeart poached a goal. Jason Hayne – the current Golden Boot leader – made a trademark run down the right wing before cutting in. He then passed the ball to his captain, Adam Cowan, who blasted the ball into the back of the net with a little help from a deflection.
This was exactly was YoungHeart coach Bob Sova was looking for after telling his two wingers – Chettleburgh and Hayne – to swap sides.
“There was five minutes left [before halftime] and I thought ‘why not?’ Sova said after the game.
“Hayne likes to cut it back in and Cowan was able to feed off the back of him now that they were on the same wing. It worked exactly as planned.”
The second half started off with both teams struggling to get the edge on each other, causing players on both sides to become frustrated.
This came to a head in the 65th minute, when Che Bunce attempted to start a shoving match with Park Sung-Bae. Referee Jamie Cross was quick to settle things down though, giving out Bunce a yellow card.
He gave Park the same punishment one minute later when he attempted to get Bunce to push him again.
“I think Jamie refereed very well today,” Hawke’s Bay manager Jonathan Gould said after the game.
“He’s an up-and-coming referee here in New Zealand. It helps that he’s played the game. He understands more of the nuances of it than some other referees.”
The game meandered on until the assistant referee signalled for extra time. Just as it looked that the game was destined for a draw, a cross from a Hawke’s Bay midfielder found Che Bunce’s head. Bunce made no mistake and buried it into the net.
Hawke’s Bay manager Jonathan Gould was still buzzing from a late show that will help his team’s finals ambitions no end.
“Its wins like this that gets the adrenalin pumping,” Gould said.
“I think the boys went out well in the first half and certainly dominated. That’s all that we wanted to do in the second half – not change anything.”
Bob Sova, however, thought the game went differently.
“We did more than enough to win,” he said.
“We had most of the possession [and] created most of the chances – didn’t score.”
While YoungHeart travel away to Waikato for what Sova sees as a “very similar encounter,” Hawke’s Bay will be taking on Auckland at Kiwitea Street.
“It’s always a big game up there,” Gould said.
Hawke's Bay United
1. Chris Marsh
1. Mitch O'Brien
2. Adam Cowan
2. Chris Davies
3. Pablo Yackson
4. Greg Henslee
4. Jan Weissenfeldt
5. Campbell Parkin (off 82 min)
7. Jason Hayne
6. Che Bunce
11. Scott Robson
7. Cole Peverley
12. Park Sung-Bae(off 75 min)
8. Chris McIvor
16. Raf de Gregorio
10. Seule Soromon (off 83 min)
18. Finaly Milne
11. Graham Fyfe
20. Gonzalo Nieres
12. James Oxtoby
22. Cory Chetleburgh
13. Leon Birnie (off 60 min)
6. Matt Kenedy
3. Alex Barlow (on 82 min)
8. Nathan Cooksley
9. Daniel Kirkup (on 83 min)
9. Gustavo Saralegui (on 75 min)
17. David Gearey
10. Leo Shin
19. Andrew Abba (on 60 min)
19. Andrew Bailey
23. Shaun Peta
=2 yellow cards
= red card
Welcome to the online viewers of today's game between YoungHeart Manawatu and Hawkes Bay United at a glistening Memorial Park in Palmerston North. YoungHeart welcome back Korean striker Park Sung-Bae from injury while Hawke's Bay striker Daniel Kirkup - despite injury worries during the week - is on the bench. There is a large crowd of home support and a very vocal group who have travelled with the away team.
Hawke's Bay have the first attack of the game with midfielder Chris McIvor blasting in a cross from the right wing. The end result is far from satisfactory, with his cross sailing over everyone for a goal kick.
Goalscoring machine Jason Hayne gets his first run down the sideline. He puts a cross over to the far post. Park Sung-Bae heads it back infield for Gonzalo Nieres. His shot is a miss-hit and goes sailing in the air before a Bay defender clears it away.
Jason Hayne has another run up the sideline. This time he cuts back in and lets rip a shot. It's saved by Mitch O'Brien, but pops out for Sung-Bae to have a dig but his effort is deflected and is cleared away.
Hayne cuts inside once again. He fires off a bullet of a drive that has O'Brien beaten but goes just wide.
Cory Chettleburgh has a dig from the top-left corner of the box. His effort is well wide.
Hayne has another run down the line, but is unable to get his cross onto a head. The Hawke's Bay supporters are giving Hayne a lot of flack every time he runs down past them.
Adam Cowan has a massive dig on the edge of the 18-yard box. However, it rockets off of Bay defender Chris Davies. It seems to have done a bit of damage also, as he is currently getting treatment on the sideline.
Hawke's Bay unleashes a counter attack. Seule Soromon rockets down the right touchline but his shot goes straight into the arms of Chris Marsh.
GOAL! 0-1 Soromon manages to latch onto a through-ball, get one-on-one with Marsh and calmly slot it into the net.
Marsh almost makes a lemon out of a ball that comes back to him. He chests it down and tries to run it past a Bay striker. Instead, he loses it, Sormon gets it and has an open net to put it into. Soromon somehow puts it wide. Marsh gets away with what could have been a terminal mistake.
Chettleburgh findss himself on the right wing. Hayne lays back a ball and Chettleburgh has a dig from at least 40-yards out. It isn't half bad either, only just going over the bar.
Jason Hayne and Campbell Parkin have a tussle down the right wing. Parkin goes down in a heap and seems to milk it a bit. The ref buys none of it and yells play on.
Chettleburgh has found himself on the right wing again. He launches a cross over that happens to nearly beat the keeper. It just shaves the top of the far post.
GOAL! 1-1 Jason Hayne makes a break up the left wing. He puts a ball across the 18-yard line to his captain Adam Cowan who blasts the shot into the net with just a bit of help from a Bay deflection. Just what the home side needs before the break.
Halftime 1-1 The ref calls for the break. YoungHeart coach Bob Sova will be needing to sort out how to combat the Hawke's Bay midfield that is currently dominating. Jonathan Gould will not be happy with the goal his team conceaded just before halftime. Expect both teams to go hunting for the all-important first goal after the break.
We're back into it here at Memorial Park, with the home team playing towards the southern end of the ground.
Soromon has a dig from the 5-yard line. Marsh gets low quickly to palm it away. Brilliant save from the YougHeart keeper.
Hayne and Chettleburgh combine well to put Hayne into a bit of space. He has a dig from far out. It comes off the side of his boot and sails very wide.
Jason Hayne has a great crack off his left foo. However, it goes wide.
SUB Leon Birnie leaves the field for Andrew Abba
Yellow Card. Che Bunce and Park Sung-Bae have a bit of a scuffle in the middle of the park. Bunce starts shoving Sung-Bae and the ref sorts him out with a yellow.
Yellow Card. It's Sung-Bae's turn for a card as he attempts to antagonise Bunce with some small shoves. The ref is quickly onto it.
A harsh challenge gets players from both teams very angry. Tensions are starting to peak in what has been a very clean game so far.
SUB Bob Sova makes a wise decision and takes Park Sung-Bae off, replacing him with Gustavo Saralegui.
SUB Campbell Parkin comes off the field for Alex Barlow.
SUB Selue Soromon comes off for Daniel Kirkup.
Three minutes of extra time remains.
Nieres is fouled on the edge of the box. The free kick is driven in but the wall does its job and it goes in the air for O'Brien to claim.
GOAL! 1-2 Hawkes Bay put one away in the dying minutes. Che Bunce runs onto a cross and buries it into the net with his head.
Fulltime 1-2 The Bay get their season back on track while YoungHeart's streak is over.