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Canterbury United

Hawke's Bay United


NZFC - Round 13
English Park, Christchurch
Sunday 8 February 2009



Greig Henslee 7
 Andrew Abba 51
Chris Davies 72
Graham Fyfe 85



Halftime:   0 - 1                    Referee:  Nick Waldron                              Crowd: 165


Hawke's Bay fly into third

by Gavin Searle at English Park

Abba celebrates as Hawke's Bay move into third place. Photo by Glyn DaviesHawke’s Bay United recorded their biggest win of the season when easily accounting for Canterbury United
4-0 at English Park.

The result moved Hawke’s Bay into third spot with Canterbury again finding themselves at the bottom of the table on goal difference behind Otago United.

Hawke’s Bay were playing their second game in three days but it was the home side that wilted in the second half after the Dragons again failed to make the most of their scoring chances in the first half.

Greig Henslee opened the scoring after seven minutes when Canterbury United failed to get near the ball with Henslee scoring from a tight angle. 

Hawke's Bay keeper O'Brien keeps a clean sheet as Canterbury again struggle in front of goal. Photo by Glyn DaviesCanterbury had a good period late in the half but some good work by The Bay’s keeper Mitch O’Brien, ensured his side went into the break ahead.

The Bay were quickly back into the game after the break with Daniel Kirkup having a goal disallowed after 49 minutes with another Canterbury defensive lapse allowing  Andrew Abba to double the lead after 52 minutes.

Twenty minutes later Chris Davies increased the lead when scoring from a corner and five minutes from the end of play Graham Fyfe was allowed to run passed several Canterbury defenders before firing a thunderbolt into the net.

Jonathan Gould the Hawke’s Bay coach was pleased with his charges.

Canterbury's Jamie Smith battles with Hawke's Bay scorer Chris Davies. Photo by Glyn Davies "It was a great game for us considering that it was our second game in three days our boys have turned in a great result away from home."

"It was good to score some goals today, going into the two games but it could have been six or seven" added Gould.

"There is an opportunity now to look to bring in couple of other players at youth level and give them a taste it this level of football,  I think that is the only thing left for us to get something out of this season" said Canterbury coach Korouch Monsef.

Monsef also conceded that the Hawke’s Bay side made the most of Canterbury's lapses in defence and "when you concede a couple of goals the way we did it can start to lead to self doubt."

Photos: Glyn Davies


Team Sheet

Canterbury United


Hawke's Bay United

22. Chris Sinclair (GK)

1. Mitchell O'Brien (GK)

2. Dan Terris

2. Chris Davies  (out 83)

3. Matt Boyd (out 76)

4. Greig Henslee

4. Bill Robertson (capt)

8. Chris McIvor (capt)

5. Andy Pitman

9. Daniel Kirkup

7. Ryan Faichnie

11. Graham Fyfe

9. Tom Lancaster

12. James Oxtoby

10. Jamie Smith

16. Ian Hogg (out 75)

15. James Reichwein (out 67)

19. Andrew Abba  (out 83)

19. Darren Overton (out 58)

21. Woo-Jae Kim

21. Ben Harris

7. Cole Peverley



12. Michael Fifii (in 67)

23. Jonathan Gould (RGK)

13. Adam Cowen (in 76)

3. Reiner Bauerfeind (in 83)

16. Nick Wortelboer

10. Seule Soloman (in 83)

17. Geoff MacIntyre (in 58)

5. Campbell Parkin (in 75)

1. Michael O'Keeffe (RGK)

17. David Gearey


=yellow card

=2 yellow cards

= red card


Play by Play

Welcome to English Park for the last time this season. Thanking the tempertures have note as yet hit the predicted high 30's currently in the high 20's. Hawkes Bay need points today to stay in the top four while Canterbury United need points to keep above of bottom placed Otago United.


Canterybury take to the field playing in white today due to Hawkes Bays having played on Waitangi Day with Canterbury midfield Andy Pitman receiving a tankard before kick-off to mark his 50th NZFC game today


Play is under way


First rear attack by Andrew Abba blasts ball wide for HBU


Abba charges clearence from Canty keeper, Chris Sinclair,  down and ball falls to Graham Fyfe has Sinclair back pendling to tip ball over for corner  


GOAL 0 - 1 Greig Henslee scores on angle on edge of six yard box to put HBU infro


Canty win first corner but play delayed as Woo-jae Kim is down injuried


From HBU free kick Cole Peverley pushes ball well wide of goal


Dan Terris in the book for a foul on Kim


From Canty corner O'Brien down well to clear off line


Matt Boyd down for Canty after a clash with Chris McIvor


O'Brein called on to make save from shot on turn by James Reichwein


McIvor heads wide for HBU


3 minutes of added time to be played 

45min + 3

Half Time 0 - 1 HBU go to the break one up having created the better of the scoring changes


Play back underway


Daniel Kirkup heads ball into net from HBU corner back goal does not count as referee, Nick Waldron blows for foul on Dan Terris


GOAL 0 - 2 Canty gives ball away and Abba doubles Hawkes Bay's lead


Sub Geoff MacIntyre(Canty) replaces Darren Overton


Sub Michael Fifii (Canty) replaces James Reichwein


GOAL 0 - 3 Chris Davies locks the the three points when headed home from a corner


Sub Campbell Davies (HBU) replaces Ian Hogg 


Sub Adam Cowen (Canty) replaces Matt Boyd


Great round and cross by Jamie Smith (Canty) just turned away by Daniel Kirkup, as Fifii has open goal begging 


GOAL 0 - 4 Great run by Graham Fyfe through Canty defence and great finish


2 mins of added time

90 + 2 mins

FINAL 0 - 4 Hawkes Bays keep their play-off hopes alive with Canterbury dropping back to the foot of the table on goal difference behind Otago. Photos and wrap to follow