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Auckland City

Hawke's Bay United


NZFC - Round 5, Kiwitea Street,
Sunday December 7, 2008


Chad Coombes 50
Paul Urlovic 55, 80

Leon Birnie 15



Halftime: 0-1                       Referee: Matthew Conger                               Crowd: 330 


Tuaa leaves on winning note

by Bob Pearce at Kiwitea Street

Paul Urlovic shares his goalscoring joy with the Kiwitea crowd. Photo: Shane Wenzlick

Auckland City gave their departing coach Colin Tuaa a winning send-off when they beat Hawke’s Bay United 3-1 at Kiwitea St.

Before kick-off Tuaa tendered his resignation midway through his second year as coach and on the back of two losses in a row.

He had criticised the lack of urgency in his team earlier in the week but they stormed on to the attack from the start and only a stunning double save by goalkeeper Mitch O'Brien denied Paul Urlovic a goal in the first couple of minutes.

But, as has happened so often this season, the momentum stalled and hesitancy between goalie Ross Nicholson and defender Ivan Vicelich allowed Leon Birnie a chance in the 15th minute and he capitalised with a deft chip over Nicholson.

It wasn't until the 50th minute that Auckland were back on terms. A goalmouth scramble saw Grant Young slip the ball to Chad Coombes as he fell and Coombes scored from close range.

Che Bunce leads Hawke's Bay protests over controversial goal. Photo by Shane Wenzlick minutes later Auckland were ahead in controversial circumstances. Young was judged to have been fouled by Graham Fyfe and Urlovic converted the penalty. Fyfe received a yellow card and Bay coach Jonathan Gould was banished for his protests.

In the 80th minute Urlovic sealed the deal for Auckland with some nifty footwork to slip home a cross from Matt Williams.

The win moves Auckland City to the top of the table on goal difference from Waikato and Manawatu and avoided an unprecedented three losses on the trot. Their next commitment is an O-League fixture against Port Vila in Vanuatu next weekend.

Auckland chairman Ivan Vuksich said Tuaa had personal reasons for his resignation but he was also under pressure. The club had not been impressed that Ivan Vicelich had played 90 minutes for the Oceania All Stars on Saturday when the understanding was that he would play only 45.

Tuaa said he had resigned with mixed emotions and he was not prepared to use some of the personal challenges he has as an excuse.

"I think we were looking at different things," he said, "and maybe it was best for both sides."Goalscorers Chad Coombes and Leon Burnie go head to head. Photo by Shane Wenzlick

He acknowledged that his team had shown more urgency but had also missed two early chances from five yards.

"I thought they showed a lot of spirit and I thought Jonathon Raj on his debut showed he is a player of the future."

Coach Gould was measured in his response to what he believed was a poor refereeing display, but said he didn't want to take anything away from the game.

"We rode our luck early on and got a great breakaway goal. We lost our shape for a while but we came back strongly in the last 15 minutes.

"I was upset that Andrew Abba got booked for diving because that says he's a cheat and he's not."

Photos Shane Wenzlick


Team Sheet

Auckland City


Hawke's Bay United

1 Ross Nicholson (GK)

1 Mitch O'Brien (GK)

3 Matt Friel

2 Chris Davies (Geary 89)

5 Matt Williams

4 Greig Henslee (Kim 63)

6 Ki-Hyung Lee

5 Campbell Parkin

8 Chad Coombes (Kumar 56)

6 Che Bunce

9 Paul Urlovic

8 Chris McIvor

10 Grant Young (Nikolic 71)

9 Daniel Kirkup

15 Ivan Vicelich (Suri 85)

11 Graham Fyfe

20 Greg Uhlmann

12 James Oxtoby

23 Liam Mulrooney

13 Leon Birnie (Soromon 71)

26 Jonathon Raj

19 Andrew Abba



4 Sam Campbell

3 Alex Barlow

12 Jacob Spoonley (RGK)

10 Seule Soromon

16 George Suri 

17 David Geary

19 Salesh Kumar

21 Woo Jae Kim

24 Milos Nikolic

23 Shaun Peta (RGK)




=yellow card

=2 yellow cards

= red card


Play by Play

0 mins

Sensation before kickoff. Auckland coach Colin Tuaa has tendered his resignation.

0 mins

Brilliant sunshine. Auckland playing with the breeze

3 mins

Brilliant save by O'Brien as Urlovic fsatens on to cross.

5 mins

One-two between Lee and Young foiled by goalie

6 mins

Yellow card Wiliams for rash tackle

12 mins

Strong run by Chris Davies but shot weak

15 mins

GOAL! Leon Birnie capitalises on hesitancy between Nicholson and Vicelich and lobs into net over goalie.

18 mins

Cross by Mulrooney centimetres off Urlovic's boot.

29 mins

Yellow card Coombes for kicking ball away.

39 mins

Lee freekick hits upright

42 mins

Birnie corner finds Fyfe but drifts wide

45 mins

Hawkes Bay a goal ahead at the break

46 mins

Young floored in penalty area but Mulrooney blasts over top with goal at his mercy

50 mins

GOAL! Coombes finishes goalmouth scramble after Young supplies telling pass.

55 mins

Young fouled by Fyfe. Penalty. Yellow card Fyfe. GOAL! Urlovic converts penalty

57 mins

Substitution Kumar for Coombes

57 mins

Hawkes Bay coach red carded for protests.

65 mins

Young just wide

70 mins

Yellow card Parkin. Substitution Nikolic on for Young, Soromon on for Birnie

71 mins

Yellow for Kumar.

80 mins

GOAL! Urlovic backheels cross from Williams. 3-1

85 mins

Sub Suri on for Vicelich

90 mins plus

 Hawkes Bay force two corners but no reward. Final whistle 3-1.