NZFC - Week 3
English Park, Christchurch
8 November, 2009
Jordan Swaney 78
Halftime: 0 - 0 Referee: Jamie Cross Crowd: 475
by Gavin Searle at English Park
A stunning 78th minute strike by teenager Jordan Swaney helped guide ten man Canterbury United to a 2-0 win over Waikato FC this afternoon.
The victory vindicated Canterbury United coach Keith Braithwaite decision to throw Swaney into the fray and at the same time helped secure the Dragons first New Zealand Football Championship (NZFC) win in over a year.
19 year old Swaney had only come on as a substitute minutes earlier before he cracked home a rasping shot from 30 metres beyond Waikato custodian Sean Dowling.
Swaney who played his junior football in Nelson was all smiles after the game when talking through his debut NZFC goal.
"Just hit and hope, and it was on by weak peg (his left)", said Swaney in classic understatement.
Canterbury coach, Keith Braithwaite was full of praise for his side but was quick to single out the importance of Swaney’s strike after the afternoon appeared to be headed toward disaster following the dismissal of midfielder Paul Dirou just before the break.
"You ask the young kid to go on and do a job and he pulls one out of the bag to get you home,” said an ecstatic Braithwaite.
"It was a great to get a win on front of a good home crowd and give them something to cheer about and it will give us a lot of confidence to build on over the coming week,” said Braithwaite.
Waikato FC player/coach, Che Bunce, almost celebrated his 50th NZFC appearance with a goal in the first half when he turned the ball on to the post after a clever set piece.
Waikato FC should have hit the front when Bunce rose high from a corner and with a free header put the ball wide.
A minute later super sub Swaney brought the home fans to their feet with the three points secure after Aaron Clapham was clipped in the area by Richard Beard with Clapham scoring from the resulting penalty with five minutes later.
Che Bunce was understandably unhappy with the final result.
"You will not be able to print want I am thinking but against ten men we should have be able to create more chances to take the points."
Bunce complimented Swaney on the quality of his goal but was critical of his side’s defending.
"With the first goal it was a good strike but we gave him (Swaney) too much room on the ball", stated Bunce.
Waikato FC’s afternoon of frustration was completed when a reckless challenge by Michael Gwyther earned the one time Waitakere United striker a second yellow card deep into time added on.
18. Tom Batty (gk)
1. Sean Dowling (gk)
2. Dan Terris (capt.)
8. David Samson
4. Gareth Rowe
6. Jason Chewins
5. Matt Boyd
2. Che Bunce
6. Andy Pitman
3. Richard Beard
7. Aaron Clapham
13. Shaun Van Rooyen (capt.)
9. Russell Kamo
5. Joe Simpkins
11. Tom Lancaster
9. Mikael Munday
12. Nick Wortelboer
18. Corey Hitchin
15. Paul Dirou
10. Michael Gwyther
17. Glen Collins (out 70)
14. Dan Peat
11. Chris Sinclair (rgk)
26. Scott Robinson (rgk)
13. Hue Frame
16. Paul Stewart
16. Daniel Burns
24. Mauri Wasi
21. Ben Harris
4. Charlie Hoyle
23. Jordan Swaney (in 70)
=2 yellow cards
= red card
Welcome to English Park were the kick out has been put back to 2.30pm due to late arrival by Waikato United. The weather is fine a slight wind.
Play is underway with the wind favouring Waikato United
Free-kick to Canterbury United ends with shot going wide
Free-kick to Waikato see's ball hit base of post and cleared away
Waikato wins first corner of game after dominating for last few minutes
Canterbury in scoring position but soft shot by Kamo does not trouble Dowling
Yellow Card! Canterbury's Rowe cautioned by Jamie Cross
Good build up by Canty ends with low shot from Wortelboer just going wide
After a slow start game is starting to open up
Yellow Cards! Canty Dirou and Waikato's Hitchin both into book of incident off ball
RED CARD!! Dirou off after receiving second yellow, Canty down to ten players
Yellow Card! Another Canty player into book as Pitman backchats ref
Half comes to an end with cards likely to cost Canterbury. Waikato started well but then home side came back into game
Back underway with no changes
Waikako wins corner but comes to nothing
Kamo heads straight to Waikao keeper
Game has gone a little flat
From Canty free-kick Rowe heads on to bar
Yellow Card! Michael Munday Waikato into book after foul on Canty keeper
Sub - Canty replaces Collins with Swaney
Home fans starting to get restless
Somehow Bunce climbs high from corner but heads wide
GOAL! 1 - 0 Canty goes one up as Swaney hits an unstopable shot on the turn from 30 metres out
Penalty - Clapham brought down in area
GOAL! 2 - 0 Clapham dust's himself and scores from spot
3 minutes of added time
90 min + 2
RED CARD!! Gwyther off after receiving second yellow, Waikato down to ten players
90 min + 3
Full time Ten man Canty secure great home win. Wrap and photo's to win