Hawke's Bay United
NZFC - Week 5
Tom Lancaster 39
Joachim Rande 20
Halftime: 1 - 1 Referee: Mirko Benischke Crowd: 525
by Gavin Searle at English Park
It was honours even in Christchurch as Canterbury United and Hawke’s Bay United fought out a 1-1 draw at English Park this afternoon.
A goal made in the Solomon Islands opened proceedings when the usually deadly Andrew Abba turned provider when he laid on an inviting cross for Joachim Rande to finish after 20 minutes.
Hawke’s Bay United’s joy was muted just five minutes before the break when - for the second match on the trot - Canterbury United scored a long range screamer courtesy of Tom Lancaster.
The distance of Canterbury’s goal was perhaps in part a testimony to the attacking edge Hawke’s Bay enjoyed through the dominance of Andrew Abba and Joachim Rande in an intriguing first half. But Canterbury’s reply was sublime and began after a run by Dan Terris that brought Aaron Clapham into play.
Clapham cleverly delivered a cross into the penalty area only for the Hawke’s Bay defence to repel the danger as far as the lurking Lancaster.
Lancaster set himself and let rip with a left foot rasper – one to rival team-mate Jordan Swaney’s effort against Waikato FC – beyond Richard Gillespie. Lancaster ‘bomber’, indeed.
After the game both coaches were pleased to gain a share of the points but also felt that if they had taken the most of their chances they could have taken the three points on offer in the second half.
"We got off to a slow start and they started well and it was not until they scored that we found our feet ... but in the second half we created more chances which should have wrapped up the win but in the end you will take a point at home,” Keith Braithwaite said.
"After three games we are mid table and having conceded just a couple of goals with the only disappointment is that we have next week off with the season a bit stop start the moment so it is hard to build any momentum", said Braithwaite.
Hawke’s Bay United coach Matt Chandler was satisfied with an away point but critical of certain facets of his team’s performance.
"I will take the point but felt that we played too deep, which is an area they needs to be addressed".
Canterbury had the better of the early play in the second half but could not dead the deadlock with Hawkes Bay then having several half chances late in the game but in the end a draw was probably fair result on the flow of play.
Hawke's Bay United
18. Tom Batty (gk)
23. Richard Gillespie
2. Dan Terris (capt)
2. Sam Halligan
4. Gareth Rowe
3. Phil Clark
5. Matt Boyd
4. Chris Greatland (capt)
6. Andy Pitman out 81
7. Matt Hastings
7 Aaron Clapham
8. Leon Birnie out 80
9. Russel Kamo
10. Joachim Rande out 73
11. Tom Lancaster
11. Andrew Abba
12.Nick Wortelboer out 88
17. George Barbarouses
16. Daniel Burns
20. Chris McIvor
17. Glen Collins out 60
21. Stuart Ferguson
3. Jeremy Wild in 88
1. Shaun Peta (rgk)
13. Hue Frame
9. Danny Wilson in 73
19. Darren Overton in 60
12. Sam Jacob in 80
23. Jordan Swaney in 81
16. Marama Thompson
1. Chris Sinclaie (rgk)
=2 yellow cards
= red card
Welcome to English Park were the weather conditions are overcast and coll after overnight rain.
Play is underway
Free flowing game so far with both teams lokking to attack were ever possible
Stuart Ferguson head wide from HBU corner
GOAL!!! 0 - 1 Andrew Abba pulls ball back for Joachin Rande to tap home
Pace of Abba and Rande causing Canterbury problems
First Canterbury shot saved by keeper
Yellow Card: Ferguson (HBU) into bokk after tackle on Pitman
From resulting freekick Gillespie pulls of good save from head of Matt Boyd
Yellow Card: Terris (Canty) in the book for questioning referee
GOAL!!!!! 1 - 1 Tom Lancaster replies for Canty with a stunning strike from 30 metres after cross from Aaron Clapham is only half cleared
Matt Hastings blast high over bar from HBU freekick
1 min added time
45 min + 1
First half comes to an end even after Canty came back into the game late in the half after HBU had the better of the opening 30 minutes
Back under way with Clapham going close by Canty in opening seconds
Canty have started the better in this half having made most of the play since the break
Sub: Darren Overton (Canty) on for Glen Collins
Gillespie blocks shot from Russel Kamo with Clapham firing in rebound only to be cleared of line
Yellow Card Barbarouses (HBU) also into the book
Danny Wilson HBU on for the Rande in a somewhat suprising move as Rande always looked Bays most danagerous player
Sam Jacob HBU on for Leon Birnie
Jordan Swaney Canty on for Andy Pitman
Slip by Nick Wortelboer allows Abba in with a chance but shots wide
Yellow Card Abba in the book for diving in penaly area
3 mins added time
90 min + 3
Full Time A game were Canty would be disappointed that they did not take they second half changes. Report and pics to follow.