NZFC - Semi final (second leg)
Saturday 21 March, 2009
Roy Krishna 5, 82
Waitakere win 6-0 on aggregate
Halftime: 2-0 Referee: Matt Conger Crowd: 403
by Bob Pearce at Douglas Field
Waitakere 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.
Game 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.
"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
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
=2 yellow cards
= red card
Beautiful afternoon at Henderson with no excuses for poor football
Waitakere create first chance but Seaman's header well wild.
Krishna shoots from distance but almost hits corner flag.
GOAL! Krishna slips defender powers shot into corner. All uphill for Wellington now.
Wellington are struggling to get into the game
Bryan Little freekick tipped over by Gillespie
Wellington fail to clear right-wing corner but Danny hay fires over the top when the ball comes free.
Yellow card Gulley for wild tackle on Aaron Scott.
Pickering shoots from distance but way off target.
Great chance for Halstead but he trips over cross from Little.
Slip by Hay allows Corrales in but shot well saved by Gillespie at full stretch.
Hay clearance rebounds off Corrales forcing Gillespie to save. Wellington are raising the pressure and Waitakere look fragile.
Krishna shot blocked by Gulley's body.
Yellow card Pickering for tackle on Krishna
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.
GOAL! Waitakere right wing corner turned into his own net by Adam Birch.
Yellow card Chisholm
Header by Peter Howe on to bar with goalie beaten
Totori replaced by Koprivcic
Seaman header well saved.
Seaman replaced by Campbell
RED CARD: Corrales sent off for lashing out with his foot.
Wellington sub Chote for Birch
GOAL! Krishna slices through defence and beats goalie with well-placed shot
Jake Butler completes the rout with a powerful drive.
90 plus two
Final whistle and Waitakere are back in final.