NZFC - Week 6,
Sunday 6 December 2009
Halftime: 0-0 Referee: Matthew Conger Crowd: 400
by Robert Johnson at Memorial Park / nzfc.co.nz
YoungHeart Manawatu slipped into third place in the NZFC after an exciting nil-all draw with the Canterbury Dragons at Memorial Park in Palmerston North today.
Youngheart Manawatu in red-hot form after their win against Waikato last week - received a boost before kick-off with striker Seule Soromon handed the NZFC Player of the Month Award for November - while Canterbury - without Glen Collins in their ranks - looked to continue their recent successes with a valuable win on the road.
The game began at a cracking pace with the visitors out of the blocks first as they pushed forward from the kickoff to put some early pressure on the Youngheart defence.
Youngheart Manawatu found their feet soon after. On the seven minute mark Seule Soromon turned his man in midfield and unleashed a rocket from about 23yards, forcing a dramatic save from Tom Batty.
The Dragon’s coach Keith Braithwaite had mixed feelings about the game as he knew both teams missed vital chances to claim the three points on offer.
Manawatu play Hawke’s Bay United at Memorial Park in Week 7 while Canterbury has a week to rejuvenate in preparation for their Week 8 clash with Otago United.
1- Ross Nicholson (GK)
18- Tom Batty (GK)
4- Colin Falvey
2- Dan Terris
5- Marco Paracchini
4- Gareth Rowe
6- Matt Kennedy - sub 61'
5- Matt Boyd
7- Jason Thomas - sub 78'
6- Andy Pitman - sub 67'
9- Seule Soromon
7- Aaron Clapham
13- Nathan Cooksley
9- Russell Kamo - sub 29'
15- Adam Cowan
11- Tom Lancaster - sub 88'
16- Rafaelle de Gregorio
12- Nick Wortelboer
17- Des Fa'aiuaso
15- Paul Dirou
21- Cory Chettleburgh
19- Darren Overton
19- Matt Borren (GK)
3- Jeremy Wild - sub 88'
20- Jimmy Haidakis - sub 61'
13- Hue Frame - sub 29'
2- Nobuyoshi Ishi
16- Daniel Burns -sub 67'
22- Daniel Benson
22- Chris Sinclair (GK)
11- Scott Robson - sub 78'
=2 yellow cards
= red card
Welcome to Memorial Park, Palmerston North, for this NZFC showdown between highflying YoungHeart Manawatu and the visitors Canterbury United - will the home side prevail or can the Dragons breathe fire? NZFC Player of the Month Seule Soromon is in red-hot form - can the Vanuatu international be stopped today?
Canterbury push forward at pace YoungHeart look shakey
YoungHeart freekick Wortelboer comes through the back of Chettleburgh
fastbreak down left by Canterbury cross by Lancaster to Clapham flick to Kamo shot forces save from Nicholson
Nicholson clearance is poor Kamo to Clapham shot goes wide - close call for YoungHeart
Chettleburgh finds Soromon - shot from 23 yards forces great save from Batty
throughball Thomas to Soromon - heavy touch by Soromon - danger cleared
Cantebury plays fast break down the left through Clapham - he plays in Lancaster weak shot as he slips on contact
YELLOW CARD - Andy Pitman after strong challenge on De Gregorio
Falvey finds himself free in the box - weak header on target means nothing results
Freeflowing game that has gone end to end so far - can the pace last?
Frenetic start to this match has eased down and is shaping up to be classic midfield battle between former All White de Gregorio and Darren Overton
Great run from thomas to Soromon - YoungHeart starting to find gaps
Fa'aiuaso breaks and crosses behind Canty defence finds Thomas at top of box - poor touch ends the move
Pitman kicks ball away - ref looks at a card but lets him off - shrewd refereeing or a big let off for Pitman
Subtitution - Russell Kamo out, Hue Frame in - must be injury related as Kamo was looking sharp
Freekick by Clapham pumped into goalbox - Nicholson outjumps everyone and punches clear - dont ask me how he did it - but it happened!
YELLOW CARD Des Fa'aiuaso - is that for diving or an off the ball incident? Crowd turn on the linesman - that baffled everyone and may prove a crucial talking point later today
Thomas breaks down the left beats his man with a cross/shot beats the keeper but clears the bar!
Even match - play confined to the middle of the park and its all looking a bit 'long ball' right now; a goal would spice this match up
Ball from Terris only partially punched by Nicholson and falls to Pitman on the edge of the box - hi shot flies just wide of the post - finally! a bit more action!
Freekick on egde of box - de Gregorio pushed Clapham - freekick hits the YoungHeart wall
Arms and elbows starting to be thrown - this one is turning niggly
YELLOW CARD - Gareth Rowe is booked for kicking the ball into the net after an offisde call
YELLOW CARD - Matt Kennedy goes shoulder to shoulder - referee looks to be somewhat lenient there - a good call?
Evenly poised game, Canterbury has the edge - a goal would opent hings up hugely and may lower temperatures - a change up front may solve YoungHeart's issues in the top third of the pitch
De Gregorio ball finds Chettlebrugh through to Soromon neat interchange but Chettleburgh loses control
Kennedy plays Soromon down left wing - cross finds Fa'aiuaso but his header flies over - YoungHeart dangerous on counter-attack
Long balls trying to catch out Canterbury defence
Chettleburgh almost finds hi way into the book
Lancaster plays in Frame - one on one with Nicholson - great save by the big man and danger cleared
ball falls to frame - beats Cooksley and Cowan again, shot deflected wide for a corner
Corner easily cleared
Horrible challenge by Pitman on de Gregorio - thats a card unless you're Andy Pitman..! That looked reckless...
Raf de Gregorio throughball finds Fa'aiuaso beats Boyd one on one with Batty but shot straight at Batty - YoungHeart making tough work of this.
SUBSTITUTION - Matt Kennedy out, Jimmy Haidakis in - Chettleburgh moves into midfield with de Gregorio
Half clearance falls to Rowe but his shot flies over the bar
SUBSTITUTION - Andy Pitman out, Daniel Burns in - Pitman dodged a few bullets today - a strategic substitution perhaps
Canterbury camped in Manawatu's third - its tough for the home side
Great ball by Haidakis for Fa'aiuaso hits a rocket at goal but just rises over the bar - tremendous play YoungHeart
Overton plays Burns around Cooksley with great pass - Burns cross into the box looks like it was handled but luckily for the home fans referee Conger missed it
Overton flicks to Lancaster but his shot is blocked by a sliding Haidakis
SUBSTITUTION Scott Robson in, James Thomas out
Lancaster through on Nicholson - Nicholson saves low to his left
YELLOW CARD - Aaron Clapham elbows Nathan Cooksley - solid contact
Soromon shoots from wide left outside the box - great save produces good save by Batty
Soromon and Fa'aiuaso play one-two at top of the box long shot from Fa'aiuaso doesn't trouble Batty
SUBSTITUTION - Jeremy Wild in, Tom Lancaster out
YELLOW CARD - Matt Boyd for an intentional handball
Most play congested in middle of the pitch - as the match wore on it was all about long balls but defences equal to the task which made for a mundane end to the match. Both teams will rue missed chances.