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Waitakere United

Team Wellington


NZFC - Semi final (second leg)
Douglas Field
Saturday 21 March, 2009


Roy Krishna 5, 82
Benjamin Totori 43
Own goal (Adam Birch) 47
Jake Butler 87

Waitakere win 6-0 on aggregate

Halftime: 2-0                       Referee: Matt Conger                               Crowd: 403 


Waitakere romp to grand final

by Bob Pearce at Douglas Field

Roy Krishna (right) grabbed a double as Waitakere cruised to the grand final. Photo: SHaneWenzlick / PhototekWaitakere United stormed into their third final of the New Zealand Football Championship in a row when they slaughtered Wellington 5-0 at Douglas Field.

The boys from the Capital came north with a one-goal deficit, knowing they could not afford to go behind early.

Waitakere striker Roy Krishna quickly shattered their hopes with a fine solo effort in the fifth minute.

It was 2-0 at halftime after Krishna's goal-grabbing partner Benjamin Totori waltzed past some sketchy defence as Wellington pressed forward just before the break.

Wellington's Bryan Little scratches his head as to what went wrong. Photo: Shane Wenzlick / PhototekGame over and there was worse to come. Adam Birch turned a corner into his own net for 3-0 in the 47th minute and diminutive striker Luis Corrales was red-carded for lashing out with his foot in the 71st.

By then Wellington were going through the motions and there were further goals for Krishna in the 82nd minute and Jake Butler in the 87th.

Waitakere coach Chris Milicich, riled by some criticism in a Wellington newspaper, was all smiles at the finish.

"We were out to show why we won the league. The boys were ready for this and after I watched them in the first two minutes, I turned to Carl (assistant coach Jorgensen) and said: 'We've got this'.

Milicich had a special commendation for striker Krishna, who was too fast and skilful for a ragged Wellington defence.

"He should be in the A-League and he should be in the Phoenix," he said.

As for next week's grand final, Milicich is prepared to back his team against whoever comes through.

"I don't mind who we play as long as it's here," he insisted, unsurprisingly as Waitakere have not been beaten at Douglas Field for a couple of seasons.

Wellington coach Stu Jacobs was blunt in his assessment of a disappointingly decisive defeat.

"For us it was going to be either 2-0 to us or 5-0 to them. We were mindful that if we conceded early we were on the back foot.

Paul Seaman races clear of Wellington's ANdy Barron"They got an early goal and it just went from bad to worse. It was one of those days in football.

"I don't think we gave up. They're not the sort of people who give up but they thought it was out of their reach. We look forward to next year if there is one."

Jacobs was philosophical about the war of words that has been running all week between himself and Waitakere chairman Rex Dawkins.

"I stand by what I said and he's entitled to his view. They're the Manchester Uniteds of the league and we're not. I appreciate what they've got here."

Photos: Shane Wenzlick


Team Sheet

Waitakere United


Team Wellington

1 Richard Gillespie (GK)

24 James Bannatyne (GK)

3 Aaron Scott

3 Steven Gulley(Garcias 46)

5 Danny Hay (Chisholm 46)

6 Michael Pickering

8 Paul Seaman (67 Campbell)

7 Sam Blackburn (67 Schaeffers)

9 Benjamin Totori

8 Peter Howe

10 Allan Pearce

10 Luis Corrales

11 Neil Sykes

11 Bryan Little

12 Roy Krishna

12 Andy Barron

15 Chris Bale

13 Karl Whalen

16 Neil Emblen

18 Peter Halstead

17 Jake Butler

22 Adam Birch (Chote 78)



22 Danny Robinson (RGK)

1 Phil Imray (RGK)

29 John Chisholm

16 Pedro Garcias

13 Daniel Koprivcic

21 Tim Schaeffers

14 Jeff Campbell

26 Allen Chote

21 Kayne Vincent


=yellow card

=2 yellow cards

= red card


Play by Play

Beautiful afternoon at Henderson with no excuses for poor football

1 min

Waitakere create first chance but Seaman's header well wild.

4 min

Krishna shoots from distance but almost hits corner flag.

5 min

GOAL! Krishna slips defender powers shot into corner. All uphill for Wellington now.

7 mins

Wellington are struggling to get into the game

11 mins

Bryan Little freekick tipped over by Gillespie

16 mins

Wellington fail to clear right-wing corner but Danny hay fires over the top when the ball comes free.

18 mins

Yellow card Gulley for wild tackle on Aaron Scott.

27 mins

Pickering shoots from distance but way off target.

28 mins

Great chance for Halstead but he trips over cross from Little.

29 mins

Slip by Hay allows Corrales in but shot well saved by Gillespie at full stretch.

30 mins

Hay clearance rebounds off Corrales forcing Gillespie to save. Wellington are raising the pressure and Waitakere look fragile.

35 mins

Krishna shot blocked by Gulley's body.

40 mins

Yellow card Pickering for tackle on Krishna

43 mins

GOAL! Totori waltzes past some sketchy defence and buries ball in net.

45 plus two

Ref blows halftime and Waitakere can feel well satisfied with 3-0 lead on aggregate.

Waitakere replace Hay with John Chisholm at break, Wellington replace Gulley with Garcias.

47 mins

GOAL! Waitakere right wing corner turned into his own net by Adam Birch.

48 mins

Yellow card Chisholm

49 mins

Header by Peter Howe on to bar with goalie beaten

59 mins

Totori replaced by Koprivcic

64 mins

Seaman header well saved.

67 mins

Seaman replaced by Campbell

71 mins

RED CARD: Corrales sent off for lashing out with his foot.

78 mins

Wellington sub Chote for Birch

82 mins

GOAL! Krishna slices through defence and beats goalie with well-placed shot

87 mins

Jake Butler completes the rout with a powerful drive.

90 plus two

Final whistle and Waitakere are back in final.