NZFC - Round 11,
English Park, Christchurch
Sunday 1 February
Roy Krishna 70, 90+2
Halftime: 0 - 0 Referee: Mike Hester Crowd: 255
by Gavin Searle at English Park
Two quality second half strikes by Roy Krishna saw Waitakere United defeat Canterbury United 2-0 and increase their lead at the top of the NZFC table to five points.
Meanwhile the result consigns Canterbury to the bottom of the table on goal difference behind Otago United.
The opening half was very entertaining as both sides had chances to break the deadlock with Canterbury’s Andy Pitman controlling the midfield battle the home side looked the equal of the West Auckland side.
Waitakere come out firing in the second half after a half time volley by their coach, Chris Millicich with the wind also switching direction in the favour of the visiting side it only seemed a matter of time before they took the lead.
The Fijian’s pace saw him skip around two defenders before firing home an unstoppable shot from just inside the area. Robertson was replaced immediately after the goal.
Milicich was pleased with his side result which means that they have stayed unbeaten in the NZFC for a year.
“We changed things around at the break and started to shut Canterbury down get more control at it was just a matter of time before we scored”.
“Roy is a quality player and they were certainly quality strike’s. We have built up a younger side than last year so you have to be pleased” said Milicich.
Koruch Monsef was disappointed with the result.
“I did not see much difference between the two sides for the first seventy minutes.
Unfortunately for Canterbury football is a game of ninety minutes with The Dragons now finding themselves in another rearguard action to battle with Otago for the wooden spoon for the second season on end.
Photos: Glyn Davies www.m4photography.co.nz
22. Chris Sinclair (gk)
1. Richard Gillespie
2. Dan Terris
3. Aaron Scott
3. Matt Boyd
4. Tim Myers
4. Bill Robertson (capt) (out 72)
16. Neil Emblem (capt)
5. Andy Pitman
15. Christopher Bale
7. Ryan Faichnie
17. Jake Bulter
8. Garry McDermott
11. Neil Sykes
9. Tom Lancaster
9. Benjamin Totori
10. Jamie Smith
10. Allan Pearce (out 62)
15. James Reichwein (out 62)
12. Roy Krishna
21. Ben Harris (out 85)
14. Jeff Campbell (out 72)
1. Michael O'Keeffe (RGK)
28. Steffan Marinovic (RGK)
13. Adam Cowen (in 72)
21. Kayne Vincent (in 62)
16. Nick Wortelboer (in 85)
24. Ash Solly
17. Geoff MacIntyre (in 62)
8. Paul Seaman (in 72)
=2 yellow cards
= red card
Welcome to English Park were table topper's Waitakere United face Canterbury United who are looking to pull off a major upset to keep clear of the wooden spoon. Weather was 30 degree at 2pm with thankfully the temp has now dropped with a southerly change which may bring rain before the final whistle.
Play underway with the wind currently coming across the ground
Both sides feeling each other other but Waitakere look like they have come to play
Allan Pearce off the field after a heavy tackle
Waitakere back to 11 players as Pearce back on field
Canty win first corner of game but easily cleared
First real chance of game as good Canty moves ends with Tom Lancaster shooting over bar.
Still no score with Canty have better of chances
Peace nearly in to score as in nearly races on to a back pass from Bill Robertson by keeper Chris Sinclair scrambles ball away for corner
Neil Emblem flicks on ball with head from free kick up Sinclair up high to take ball under pressure
Waitakere starting to look more dangerous near Canty goal area
Lancaster heads straight at Waitakere keeper, Richard Gillespie after good run and cross from Ben Harris
Great move by Waitakere nearly opens up Canty but Jeff Campbell straight at Sinclair
45 mins + 1
Neil Sykes shot straight at Sinclair
45mins + 2
Lively half comes to end with both sides having had chances to score. With Otago having drawn Canty need at least a point from this game to get of the bottom
Back underway with no changes to either side
Yellow card Andy Pitman - Canty into book for incident off ball
Yellow card Bill Roberton - Canty into book for foul on Roy Krishna
Waitakere have lifted play with several half chances already since the break
Yellow card Jamie Smith - Canty into book
Yellow card Matt Boyd - Canty also in book. Canty will have to careful
Emblem heads towards goal with Sinclair just managing to tip ball over bar
Winds has change direction and getting stronger which is in Waitakere's favour
Sub Geoff MacIntyre on to replace Jame Reichwein (Canty)
Sub Kayne Vincent on to replace Allan Peace (Waitakere)
Bill Robertson down but back in play after game resumes
GOAL 0 - 1 Krishna to quick for defenders and unstopable shot find botton corner of net
Sub Adam Cowen on to replace Roberton (Canty)
Sub Paul Seaman on to replace Campbell (Waitakere)
Benjamin Totori should have double scoreline but scoops ball high over bar. You get the feling that the chances Canty missed in the first half to come back to haunt them.
Sub Canty makes last sub with Nick Wortelboer replacing Ben Harris
Canty wins corner but Waitakere clears
There will be four minutes of added time
90 mins + 2
GOAL 0 - 2 Paul Seaman sets up Krishna for another classy finish
90 mins + 4
FULL TIME 0 - 2 Who can stop Waitakere now with Canty now fighting to avoid the wooden spoon for the second season in a row. Review and photo's to follow.