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Canterbury United

Waikato FC


NZFC - Week 3
English Park, Christchurch
8 November, 2009


Jordan Swaney 78
Aaron Clapham 85



Halftime: 0 - 0                      Referee: Jamie Cross                                Crowd: 475


Sensational Swaney strike sinks Waikato

by Gavin Searle at English Park

Jordan Swaney is mobbed after he breaks the deadlock against Waikato. PhotosportA 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.



Team Sheet

Canterbury United


Waikato FC

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)


=yellow card

=2 yellow cards

= red card


Play by Play

0 mins

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.

1 min

Play is underway with the wind favouring Waikato United  

6 min

Free-kick to Canterbury United ends with shot going wide 

7 min

Free-kick to Waikato see's ball hit base of post and cleared away

17 min

Waikato wins first corner of game after dominating for last few minutes

24 min

Canterbury in scoring position but soft shot by Kamo does not trouble Dowling 

25 min

Yellow Card! Canterbury's Rowe cautioned by Jamie Cross 

27 min

Good build up by Canty ends with low shot from Wortelboer just going wide

31 min

After a slow start game is starting to open up 

34 min

Yellow Cards! Canty Dirou and Waikato's Hitchin both into book of incident off ball

43 min

RED CARD!! Dirou off after receiving second yellow, Canty down to ten players

43 min

Yellow Card! Another Canty player into book as Pitman backchats ref

45 min

Half comes to an end with cards likely to cost Canterbury. Waikato started well but then home side came back into game

46 min

Back underway with no changes

50 min

Waikako wins corner but comes to nothing

53 min

Kamo heads straight to Waikao keeper

62 min

Game has gone a little flat

67 min

From Canty free-kick Rowe heads on to bar

69 min

Yellow Card! Michael Munday Waikato into book after foul on Canty keeper 

70 min

Sub - Canty replaces Collins with Swaney

75 min

Home fans starting to get restless

77 min

Somehow Bunce climbs high from corner but heads wide

78 min

GOAL! 1 - 0 Canty goes one up as Swaney hits an unstopable shot on the turn from 30 metres out 

87 min

Penalty - Clapham brought down in area

87 min

GOAL! 2 - 0 Clapham dust's himself and scores from spot

90 min

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