NZFC - Round 14
Sunday 1 March, 2009
Jonathan Raj 3
Halftime: 5-0 Referee: Jamie Cross Crowd: 423
by Bob Pearce at Kiwitea St
Grant Young celebrated his return to the New Zealand Football Championship with a hat-trick in Auckland City's 5-0 defeat of Canterbury United at Kiwitea Street.
It was the veteran striker's first three-goal haul for a couple of years and showed that he had lost none of his form in his temporary "retirement" after Christmas.
In fact, the break may well have done him more good than harm.
He was weary after playing the full 90 minutes but the goal-scoring broke a season-long goal drought that had been uncharacteristic of the South African in his more than 100 games for the club.
"Then a lack of communication cost us another and when you give away two soft goals very early, you're always on the back foot.
Photos: Shane Wenzlick www.phototek.co.nz
1 Ross Nicholson (GK)
1 Michael O'Keeffe (GK)
5 Matt Williams (McGeorge 55)
2 Dan Terris
6 Ki-Hyung Lee
4 Bill Robertson
7 James Pritchett (Carella 74)
5 Andy Pitman
8 Chad Coombes
7 Ryan Faichnie
10 Grant Young
8 Garry McDermott
13 Alex Feneridis
9 Tom Lancaster
15 Ivan Vicelich
10 Jamie Smith (Miles 70)
20 Greg Uhlmann (Campbell 55)
12 Michael Fifii (McIntyre 84)
24 Milos Nikolic
13 Adam Cowen (Boyd 58)
26 Jonathan Raj
21 Ben Harris
4 Sam Campbell (in 55)
3 Matt Boyd (in 58)
12 John Fletcher (RGK)
17 Geoff MacIntyre (in 84)
17 Allan Carella (in 74)
22 Chris Sinclair
22 Xavi Roca
23 Sam Miles (in 70)
25 Adam McGeorge (in 55)
=2 yellow cards
= red card
Beautifully fine with light wind.
Pritchett long shot touched on to post by goalie
GOAL! Left wing corner headed home by Raj at near post. First goal for youngster in league
Canterbury press forward but shot flies wide
GOAL! Grant Young slips in when defender passes back to goalie who couldn't pick it up. Easy pickings for the veteran.
Flying header by Fifii from cross by Faichnie over the bar
Williams one on one with goalie but header goes wide.
GOAL! Goalie sent suicide backpass fouls Williams, penalty awarded converted by Nikolic
Yellow card Harris for foul on Young. Freekick well saved.
Canterbury press forward but Nicholson fields securely
GOAL! Young controls ball brilliantly in penalty area and calmly slots goal
GOAL! Young fastens on to cross from Lee and completes his hat-trick
45 plus one mins
Halftime 5-0 and Canterbury are shell-shocked
Raj header after corner rebounds off post.
Yellow card Faichnie for booting ball away when Canterbury had free kick
Yellow card Lancaster for wild tackle.
Auckland subs: Uhlmann replaced by Campbell, Williams by McGeorge
Canterbury sub Boyd for Cowen
Yellow card Fifii
Lancaster shot straight at Nicholson
Yellow card McGeorge
Feneridis shoots wide when clear in penalty area.
MacIntyre on for Fifii as Canterbury make last sub
Yellow card Raj
90 plus two
Fulltime.5-0 after forgettable second half.