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Waitakere United

Waikato FC


NZFC - Round 6,
Douglas Field,
January 26 2009


Roy Krishna 67
Benjamin Totori 73




Halftime: 0-0                       Referee: Mike Hester                                Crowd: 358 


Champions extend lead

by Bob Pearce at Douglas Field

Waikato players surround referee Mike Hester as he flashes a red card to Joel Matahes (fourth from left). Photo Shane Wenzlick United surged four points clear at the top of the New Zealand Football Championship as they beat 10-man Waikato 2-0 at Douglas Field.

The visitors were down a man after 20 minutes when defender Joel Mathews was given a straight red card by referee Mike Hester for a studs-up tackle on Jeff Campbell.

Even with the man advantage it took the champions another 37 minutes before they broke down the stubborn Waikato defence.

After several near misses Roy Krishna ran on to a through pass from Chris Bale and beat the advancing Greg Walters.

Six minutes later Krishna provided the pass that allowed Benji Totori to atone for some earlier poor finishing with a well-taken second goal that extinguished Waikato hopes.

Benjamin Totori atones for earlier misses. Photo: SHane Wenzlick that the visitors were ever completely out of the game. They battled courageously to the end and created chances even when the odds were against them. A little more aggression in the penalty area and perhaps a bit more height could well have produced goals.

As it was, Danny Robinson in the Waitakere goal had to make smart saves from Steve Holloway and Shaun van Rooyen to preserve a clean sheet.

Waitakere, not for the first time this year, squandered chance after chance as Totori and Krishna used their pace to outflank the Waikato defence but either the passes went astray or the recipients butchered the chances.

Perhaps the worst miss came in the 20th minute when Totori on the break had a choice of three team-mates to take the final pass almost unchallenged but managed to chunk the ball into the grasp of goalie Greg Walters.

Waitekere's Danny Robinson and Tim Myers combine to thwart Craig Wylie. Photo: Shane Wenzlick's most penetrative attacker in the early stages was youngster Marco Rojas, who led Aaron Scott a merry dance, but the heat and pressure of playing a man short saw him fade out of the game in the second spell.

Waitakere coach Chris Milicich was happy to take the points from his team's second game in three days. He rated the performance well below Saturday's 4-2 win over Auckland City.

"We'll take the points and move on," he said.

"We missed a few gilt-edged chances but playing 10 men you always expect a goal to come and when it did that was the game. They played with a lot of guts and determination."

Waikato coach Dave Edmondson was philosophical about a game that had promised so much for his team in the early stages.

"It was disappointing to go down to 10 men so early," he said. "I was really pleased that when it was 11 against 11 we were doing what we wanted to do and they were worried. We had a couple of good chances at 0-0.

"Even when we were down to 10 I thought we were dealing with them quite well. But with the pace of those boys up front one little slip and they'll crucify you. We've lost games this season but no-one's overawed us."

Waitakere have one game in hand over second-placed Hawkes Bay. Their next game is against Canterbury in Christchurch on Sunday. 

Photos: Shane Wenzlick


Team Sheet

Waitakere United


Waikato FC

22 Danny Robinson (GK)

19 Greg Walters (GK)

3 Aaron Scott

2 Joel Mathews

4 Tim Myers

4 Graham Pearce

9 Benjamin Totori  (ou 80)

9 Marco Rojas

10 Allan Pearce

11 Steven Holloway

11 Neil Sykes

13 Shaun Van Rooyen

12 Roy Krishna

14 Craig Wylie

14 Jeff Campbell

16 Sam Margetts (out 72)

15 Chris Bale

18 Nik Robson (out 85)

16 Neil Emblen

24 Michael Mayne (out 62)

21 Kayne Vincent (out 58)

25 Nathan Strom



1 Richard Gillespie (RGK)

1 Jason Mann (RGK)

18 Zane Sole (in 80)

7 Joe Simpkins (in 62)

27 Jacob Mathews (in 58)

8 Paul Stewart (in 85)

29 John Chisholm

12 Mike Walters (in 72)

23 Stu Watene


=yellow card

=2 yellow cards

= red card


Play by Play

0 mins

Hot and sunny with slight cross breeze

4 mins

Early corner for Waikato cleared easily

8 mins

Two corners to Waitakere, freekick to Waikato for dangerous play

12 mins

Rojas shot deflected for corner

14 mins

Totori hits post and Mathews clears for corner. Goalie clears.

16 mins

Margetts has chance but shoots weakly then attempted clearance by Sykes rebounds just wide off Holloway.

19 mins

Rojas works magic on left but his shot cum cross grabbed by Robinson.

20 mins

Totori clean through and it's three-on-one for Waitakere but goalie grabs ball.

24 mins

Yellow card for Scott for tackle on edge of area. Freekick sails wide.

25 mins

Drinks break because of the heat.

28 mins

Robson crosses from right, good header by Holloway well saved by goalie

30 mins

RED CARD! Joel Mathews given marching order for fierce tackle on Campbell.

34 mins

Allan Pearce clear but shoots over bar.

35 mins

Vincent heads ball clear of goalie but ball roses agonisingly wide.

39 mins

Shot by Krishna well blocked by goalie.

45 plus two

Halftime no score but chances galore. Ten-man Waikato have defended well but Waitakere's shooting has been wayward.

49 mins

Sykes heads down from corner and it bounces over the bar

53 mins

Waikato almost score as Rojas crosses, Wylie lays it on for Holloway but he can't convert the chance.

58 mins

Jacob Mathews on for Vincent

59 mins

Totori sets up another chance but nobody grabs it.

62 mins

Krishna shot well saved by Walters

62 mins

Simpkins on for Mayne

64 mins

Emblen header from corner headed off line by Pearce.

67 mins

GOAL! Krishna fastens on to pass from Bale and this time eludes goalie to score

72 mins

Sub Walters on for Margetts

73 mins

GOAL! Totori fastens on to pass from Krishna and beats Walters with good shot

75 mins

Header by van Rooyen charging through well saved by Robinson

81 mins

Sub Totori replaced by Sole

82 mins

Wylie finds side netting after ball comes clear from corner

85 mins

Sub Stewart for Robson

87 mins

Holloway over top from cross by Wylie after corner.

90 mins

Three minutes to be added

90 plus three

Fulltime and Wautakere win 2-0 to increase their lead at the toip of the table