NZFC - Round 8,
Douglas Field, Henderson
Sunday 11 January, 2009
Benjamin Totori 50
Halftime:0-0 Referee: Peter O'Leary Crowd:523
by Bob Pearce at Douglas Field
It wasn't vintage football but Waitakere striker Benjamin Totori turned on the display of the season as he weaved his magic to unpick the defence, scoring one goal and creating a host of chances.
And he was the centre of what could have been a vital call by an assistant referee that denied the home team a goal in the scoreless first half.
In the 19th minute the young Solomons international jigged past three defenders and fired the ball into the net. But it was ruled out because a Waitakere player was between Totori and goalkeeper Jake Gleeson in an offside position interfering with the keeper's vision.
1 Richard Gillespie (GK)
24 Jake Gleeson (GK)
3 Aaron Scott
3 Steve Gulley
4 Tim Myers
5 Michael Eager
8 Paul Seaman (out 70)
8 Peter Howe
9 Benjamin Totori (out 88)
10 Luis Corrales (ou 73)
12 Roy Krishna
13 Karl Whalen
13 Daniel Koprivcic (out 70)
22 Adam Birch (out 85)
15 Chris Bale
11 Bryan Little
16 Neil Emblen (Captain)
9 Ross McKenzie
17 Jake Butler
14 Sam Jenkins
20 Jason Rowley
18 Peter Halstead (out 68)
14 Jeff Campbell (in 70)
1 James McPeat (RGK)
21 Kayne Vincent (in 70)
6 Michael Pickering (in 73)
22 Danny Robinson (RGK)
7 Sam Blackburn (in 68)
24 Ash Solly
21 Tim Schaffers (in 85)
27 Jacob Mathews (in 88)
=2 yellow cards
= red card
Good crowd early for NZ Under 17 v Chile Under 18. Chile won 3-0 after beating NZ 1-0 at North Shore on Friday. NZFC game delayed 10 minutes because of late finish.
Totori shot well saved by goalie
Krishna beats marker feeds Koprivcic, who is ridden off ball for goalie to save.
Yellow card Jenkins for arm in tackle
Jenkins shot just wide.
Krishna corner to Totori back to Krishna, blasts wide
Powerful shot by Totori just over bar
Totori beats three defenders and puts ball in net only for linesman to flag for offside.
Gleeson saves well at close range from Seaman.
Yellow card for Myers disputing decision
Yellow card for Gulley for tackle
Krishna shot blocked and Koprivcic pokes rebound wide
Yellow for Krishna for shirt pulling
Little blows Wellington's first chance with miskick after first corner.
Great save by Gleeson from Totori shot.
Little fires from long range powerfully but over the top.
Halftime whistle with Wellington on attack but still no score.
Discussion at halftime over reason for disallowed goal. Consensus suggests shot went through legs of offside Waitakere player.
Seaman miskicks with goal at his mercy.
GOAL! Totori jigs his way past three defenders and scores. No flags this time.
Corrales collides with upright in desperate attempt to reach cross from right. Pickering replaces him but only after Waitakere score
GOAL! Koprivcic shot only parried into his own net by Gleeson.
Substitution Wellington Blackburn for Halstead
Substitutions Waitakere Vincent for Koprivcic, Campbell for Seaman.
Two corners by Waitakere well cleared.
Yellow card for Butler as ref hits his stride. Watch out Foxie!!
Substitution Wellington Schaffers replaces Birch.
Substitution Totori replaced by Jake Mathews on debut.
90 plus one
McKenzie just wide from snap shot.
All over and Waitakere move to the top with games in hand.