NZFC - Week 5
Sunday 22 November, 2009
Dan Ede 48
Halftime: 0-0 Referee: Chris Kerr Crowd: 250
by David Cross at Newtown Park
Team Wellington's disastrous start to the NZFC season continued as they slumped to a third straight home defeat at the hands of an energetic Otago United side in Wellington today.
The home side made two changes from the side that lost to Auckland City last weekend with All Whites Andy Barron and James Bannatyne returning for Cole Peverley and Jake Gleeson respectively.
Otago meanwhile made changes following an unlucky defeat at Hawke’s Bay, welcoming home striker Nathan Knox from the USA.
In calm, chilly conditions, Otago created an early chance from a set piece that keeper Bannatyne pushed out for a corner.
The opening ten minutes for Team Wellington looked promising with a number of fast-break counter attacks - the clearest chance falling to Roddy Brown who scuffed his shot after Greg Draper delivered a low cross for him.
Soon after Team Wellington looked to have the ball over the line but referee Chris Kerr spotted an infringement.
The rest of the half followed a similar pattern. Team Wellington perhaps shaded possession but the genuine scoring chances fell to Otago United.
Stu Kelly – playing in the midfield – was at the heart of much of it with some dangerous set pieces and through balls.
Perhaps the best chance of the half came in the 35th minute with an Otago corner headed down and on target only for Bannatyne to acrobatically tip it over the bar.
Coach Stu Jacobs had obviously seen enough at the half and rang the changes with Jyler Noviello on for Michael Fifii and Cole Peverley on for Roddy Brown.
It looked to have been a successful intervention with Wellington creating a dangerous chance for Andy Barron that a desperate Otago rearguard just managed to scramble away.
As the second half developed, Team Wellington started mounting more concerted attacks in an attempt to equalise, with Otago keeper James Waggit pulling of a number of excellent saves, including a point blank header that clipped the crossbar and a save at Greg Draper’s feet after the former Wellington Phoenix striker was put through on goal after a defence splitting pass from Peverley.
All this endeavour failed to provide a goal and it was Otago who wrapped the match up after a lapse in concentration at the back by Wellington.
Team Wellington's Trent Watson mistakenly let the ball bounce that left David Dugdale through on goal with only James Bannatyne to beat.
Bannatyne came for the ball and while attempting to save clipped Dugdale's legs.
Referee Chris Kerr pointed to the penalty spot. Dugdale calmly converted the penalty to seal an important away victory for Malcolm Fleming’s team.
Otago coach Fleming was understandably impressed with his sides effort. "Obviously we're very happy".
"Wellington are a good side, they shouldn't be where they are, and we had to come here and get some points. We'd have been happy with a point today, to get three was fantastic".
Fleming had praise for his team.
"It was a lot like the endeavour and effort we showed against Auckland City. Apart from the first ten and last fifteen or twenty minutes of today’s match, we've had the game under control.
Our keeper has pulled off a couple of great saves to keep us in it but we've created enough ourselves as well,” Fleming said.
Team Wellington captain James Bannatyne was understandably less impressed.
"That was thoroughly disappointing. Lot's of endeavour and effort, but no quality" was his indictment on the home side who have so far failed to deliver on the promise of the off-season.
Photos: Dave Lintott, Photosport
1. James Bannatyne
1. James Waggett
3. Jamie Duncan
3. Tristan Prattley
4. Chris Bale (55)
5. Chris Jenkinson
5. Michael Winsauer
6. Tom Sadd
6. Chris Davies
8. Stu Kelly
9. Greg Draper
9. Ryan Fachnie
14. Darren Cheriton
10. David Dugdale
18. Trent Watson
14. Dan Ede
19. Andy Barron
16. Morgan Day (75)
22. Michael Fifii (45)
17. Tim Horner
26. Roddy Brown (45)
18. Nathan Knox (65)
23. James McPeake (GK)
11. Andy Coburn (65)
2. Adam Birch
13. Brian Brown (Gk)
7. Cole Peverley (45)
15. Tom Connor (75)
11. Jyler Noviello (45)
12. Bryan Little (55)
=2 yellow cards
= red card
Welcome to Newtown Park for this round 3 fixture. High cloud, light winds greet the two sides as we await the Otago teamlist. And here it is.
In the opener, the Capital women won 3-0 over SoccerSouth. All three goals to Renee Leota.
Otago United with the kick-off, Team Wellington playing towards the zoo end.
Otago win a free kick wide right, heading back across goal and scrambled out for a corner by Bannatyne.
Otago Corner, dangerous volley but it hits Dugdale in the area and deflects out.
Team Wellington break, Draper sends it across the Otago goal mouth but Roddy Brown scuffs his shot.
Team Wellington have it over the line but referee Kerr has seen an infringement. Fifii causing some probelms wide for Otago.
After some early dominance from Otago, Team Wellington are finding a rhythm now, both sides guilty of passing to short and leaving men stranded.
Stu Kelly bundled over just outside the D. The resulting fee kick hit straight in to the Team Wellington wall.
Roddy Brown gives the ball away on halfway and Otago break. Scrambling defence from Brown prevents the resulting shot, and it goes out for a corner.
Resulting corner is headed over by Otago
Kelly shot from well outside the area, easily handled by Bannatyne.
Team Wellington controlling possession as Otago get more men behind the ball. TW still struggling with the final ball though.
Cheriton heads over from the far post after a curling cross from Duncan.
Nathan Knox Gets a Yellow for dragging Darren Cheriton back by the shirt.
Otago corner. Threatening delivery headed down, Bannatyne does well to reach behind him and tip it over. Following corner, cleared, but not so convincingly.
Morgan Day blazes over Bannatyne's goal from well out.
While Team Wellington have probably shaded possession so far the genuine chances have fallen to Otago.
Team Wellington shot deflected just wide after an initial shot is blocked by Otago.
Fifii goes in the referees book for an agricultural challenges 5 yards outside the Team Wellington box.
Resulting free kick sent well over.
0-0 at the half. Not the most inspiring 45 minutes of football.
Changes at the half for Team Wellington. Jyler Noviello on for Michael Fifii and Cole Peverley on for Roddy Brown.
Otago defence all at sea but scramble to defend a Barron shot.
GOAL! Otago score. Dan Ede Calmly finishes inside the right post, ball crossed from the right controlled by Ede and he steps right to finish through bodies.
Morgan Day booked for a shirt pull on Darren Cheriton on th edge of the Otago area. Resulting free kick punched clear by Waggitt.
Goalscorere Ede slides a through ball to David Dugdale leaing him one on one, saved by the onrushing Bannatyne.
Otago have the ball in the back of the net, only for Dugdale to be ruled offside. Tight call.
Team Wellington playing with ten as Bale has pulled up injured. Bryan Bryan Little on to replace him.
Team Wellington corner tipped on to the crossbar. Great save. Dangerous header. Followed by Andy Barron hitting with a long distance volley the sidenetting causing premature celebrations from the small but vocal crowd.
Team Wellington fail to deal with a corner as it slides through the area. Otago can't get a final touch to it though.
Michael Winsauer heads wide from a Team Wellington corner.
Chris Davies goes to ground in the area. Some debate as to if he was touched.
Noviello sneaks through the Otago defence and tries to finish around the keeper but again Team Wellington hit the side netting.
Team Wellington dominating but unable to score. Goal line tackle by Tim Horner denies Noviello rebounds to Draper and well saved by Wiggitt.
Chris Davies in the book. A dangerous high tackle on Tim Horner.
Tom Connor on for Morgan Day.
Great through ball from Peverley leaves Draper with the keeper to beat. Well stopped by Wiggit's foot.
Dan Ede goes right through Wellington's Winsauer and earns himself a yellow.
Trent Watson lets the ball bounce leaving Dugdale through on the keeper. Bannatyne comes out and brings him down. Penalty.
GOAL! Dugdale converts the penalty. 2-0.
Team Wellington head wide from a corner.
...and that's all she wrote. Otago deserved winners in the end. 2-0.