NZFC - Week 9
English Park, Christchurch
Sunday 10 January, 2009
Hue Frame 77
Greg Draper 5 (pen), 41, 54
Halftime: 0 - 3 Referee: Antony Riley Crowd: 783
by Gavin Searle at English Park
Team Wellington moved into play-off contention after defeating Canterbury United 4 - 1 with Stu Jacobs men now in fifth place on the table and the The Dragon's unbeaten home record broken.
The game was as good as over by half time after Canterbury's Jeremy Wild was harshly shown a straight red card by referee Antony Riley after five minutes as the defender was back tracking and ran into Roddy Brown.
From the resulting penalty former Canterbury player, Greg Draper scored his first NZFC goal of the season and ten minutes later Draper set up Bryan Little to double the lead.
Canterbury took to the field without the injured Gareth Rowe and without the experience of the former All White at the back, and minus a player, they had to score next to have any chance of extending their four game unbeaten run.
To their credit Canterbury slowly played their way back into the game although Team Wellington looked content to sit on their lead.
Just before the break the mission got more difficult for Canterbury when they gave the ball away near the halfway line, Wellington counter-attacked, and seconds later a ball square from Roddy Brown found Draper unmarked in front of goal.
Draper applied an untroubled finish to notch his double after 41 minutes with Canterbury crestfallen. Six minutes after the break the home side then gifted Draper his hat-trick when they again lost the ball this time in their own penalty area.
Canterbury finally got on the score sheet with a slick goal from the edge of the penalty area by substitute Hue Frame.
Team Wellington coach Stu Jacobs was pleased with his teams result and performance.
"People have been saying we have made a slow start to the season but I think we have been playing reasonably well but not creating scoring chances so I guess we achieved that today," Jacobs said.
"We played with a lot more fluidity today, the work rate and passing was good. We have Manawatu away next week - they are on ten points we are on nine - so it is a big game and at this stage of the season things are still close", added Jacobs.
Canterbury coach Keith Braithwaite was down cast after the game.
"It is always going to be when you are down a player and a goal after a few minutes and defensively if was not our best game we were not as sharp as we needed to be", said Braithwaite.
Canterbury are at home again next Sunday to leaders Waitakere and will need to get something out of the game as they look to get their play-off hopes back on track.
18. Tom Batty (gk)
1. Jame Bannatyne (gk) (capt)
2. Dan Terris (capt)
3. Jamie Duncan
3. Jeremy Wild
4. Chris Bale
5. Matt Boyd
7. Aaron Clapham
6. Chris Davies
9. Russel Kamo of 79
9. Greg Draper
11. Tom Lancaster
15. Bryan Little off 58
12. Nick Wortelboer
17. Gary McDermott
15. Paul Dirou of 70
18. Trent Watson
16. Daniel Burns
19. Andy Barron off 54
21. Ben Harris
26. Roddy Brown off 63
1. Chris Sinclair (rgk)
8. Cole Peverley on 54
13. Hue Frame on 70
16. Jyler Noviello on 63
20. Dominic McGarr
24. James McPeake
23. Jordan Swaney
25. Dan Keat on 58
24. Sam Miles on 79
=2 yellow cards
= red card
Welcome to English park for this key clash in the NZFC between Canterbury United and Team Wellington with both side needing the win to stay intouch with the leaders. The weather is warm but overcast with lighting can hail forcast for later in the afternoon.
Play is underway
RED CARD and penalty. Jeremy Wild (Canterbury) slight contact with Roddy Brown in area. Ref points to the spot which seems a little hash.
GOAL. Canty 0 TW 1 Greg Draper scores from spot
GOAL. Canty 0 TW 2 Great ball from Draper splits Canty defence and Bryan Little untrouble to goal with angles shot from 8 metres out.
Caution. Russel Kamo in the book for Canty
Canty finally has chance but Matt Boyd heads over bar
Canty slowly coming back into the game after early set backs
Canty wins two free-kicks but both headed clear by TW defence
Canty win free kick in front of goal 30 metres out but Aaron Clapham shot high and wide
GOAL Canty 0 TW 3 Canty loses ball on their right and ends with Draper adding his second goal are receiving square ball from Brown
1 min of added time
Draper off the field receiving treatment for a knock
Canty 0 TW 3. Canty go to the break up against it, they looked like they were coming back into the game until Drapers second strike.
Back underway and it is all ahead of Canterbury. No changes, Draper back on park
Caution. Jamie Duncan (TW) in the book for tackle in Clapham
GOAL Canty 0 TW 4 Canty lose ball on area and Draper on hand to complete hat-trick
Sub TW Barron off Peverley on
Sub TW Little off Keat on
Sub TW Brown off Noviello
Game has gone a little flat Canty win free-kick back ball headed wide
Sub Canty Frame on for Dirou
Lancaster draws good save from Bannatyne
GOAL Canty 1 TW 4 Home fans finally has something to cheer about as Frame scores with a sweet strike outside the D after a good Canty build-up
Sub Canty Miles on for Kamo
Both side have had half chances at last 5 mins
Caution. Peverley TW in the book for a foul
2 mins added time
Canty 1 TW 4. TW into the top half of the table for the first time this season. Canty not helped by the early sending off and now face Waitakare United next weekend in what is also a must win game.