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Auckland City

Otago United 


NZFC - Week 10
Kiwitea St
Sunday January 17, 2010


Matt Williams 52
Daniel Koprivcic 75
Grant Young 77
Paul Urlovic 84
Ivan Vicelich 90




Halftime: 0-0                       Referee: Campbell Waugh                                Crowd: 572


Auckland go top after late goal rush

by Bob Pearce at Kiwitea Street

Auckland City soared to the top of the NZFC after beating Otago United 5-0 at Kiwitea St this afternoon.

After a scoreless first half, the home team made up for a series of missed chances with some clinical finishing as the Southerners wilted in the northern heat and humidity.

Seven minutes into the half a poor headed clearance from a corner fell to Matt Williams and he made no mistake, giving goalie James Waggett no chance.

The second in the 75th minute was all down to Auckland. James Pritchett combined cleverly and laid on a chance for Daniel Koprivcic, who atoned for a couple of earlier misses.

From then on it was all Auckland and they seemed to be lining up to score. Grant Young, who had come on as a substitute, had one of the misses of the season when he was clear through with the goal at his mercy.

But in the 77th minute he made amends after Ki-Hyung Lee had played a clever exchange with Koprivcic to set him up.

By now Otago were down to walking pace in the heat and humidity and in the 84th minute, substitute Riki Van Steeden was brought down in the penalty area and another substitute, Paul Urlovic, scored from the spot.

The fifth goal came on 90 minutes when Lee laid on the perfect corner, Greg Uhlmann headed across goal and Ivan Vicelich headed home.

Auckland coach Paul Posa was delighted with his team's performance after a lacklustre effort against Hawke's Bay the previous week.

"We could have had three or four in the first half but I was very happy a halftime because I knew the goals would come," he said.

"As a 90-minute performance this was the best of the year.

"Everybody contributed but I thought Ki, McGeorge and Williams in the midfield were superb.

"I can understand how Otago feel. At halftime our players thought they were struggling with the heat and the travel. We found the travel tough when we were held to a draw down there."

Otago coach Malcolm Fleming was deflated by the margin of the defeat - "People reading the score will think we were rubbish, but we weren't like a 0-5 team.

"We started badly but I thought we clawed our way into the game. But then we made a soft header from defence and Matt Williams capitalised and they were on a roll.

"It was really hot out there. Auckland have played in the heat recently but we haven't and the players were dead on their feet in the second half.

"I thought Tom Sadd played well for us in defence and James Waggett in goal kept us in the game for a long time as he has done all season."

Auckland City play their third game in a row at home next Sunday against Wellington, who they beat at Newtown late last year before they headed to the FIFA Club World Cup.

Since then the Capital side have been on something of a roll after a slow start to the season.


Team Sheet

Auckland City


Otago United

1 Jacob Spoonley (GK)

1 James Waggett (GK)

3 Ian Hogg

2 Mike Abbott (Connor 55)

5 Matt Williams (Van Steeden 82)

3 Tristan Pratley

6 Ki-Hyung Lee

6 Tom Sadd

7 James Pritchett

8 Stu Kelly

8 Chad Coombes (Young 60)

9 Ryan Faichnie

11 Daniel Koprivcic (82 Urlovic)

11 Andy Coburn

15 Ivan Vicelich

12 James Reichwein (Day 68)

16 Jason Hayne

14 Dan Ede (Dugdale 55)

17 Adam McGeorge

17 Tim Horner

20 Greg Uhlmann

18 Nathan Knox



4 Sam Campbell

7 Robbie Deeley

9 Paul Urlovic

10 Dave Dugdale

10 Grant Young

13 Brian Brown (RGK)

18 Paul Gothard (RGK)

15 Tom Connor

21 Riki Van Steeden

16 Morgan Day


=yellow card

=2 yellow cards

= red card


Play by Play

0 mins

Another very hot and humid Auckland day. City make one starting change from last week with Greg Uhlmann replacing Sam Campbell in the defence. Adam Dickinson failed a fitness test and Paul Urlovic comes on to the bench

1 min

Freekick to Otago almost from kickoff. Abbot drives ball into wall

3 min

Hogg on overlap on left, partially cleared and McGeorge fires wide from distance

5 min

Matt Williams' piledriver touched round post by goalie

6 min

Corner cleared after Lee shot sliced

8 min

Coombes shot on turn goes wide

12 min

Otago press through Ede but last pass goes astray

13 min

Pritchett and hayne provide chance for Hayne , whose shot is well saved by Waggett

15 min

Coburn stops fierce Coombes shot on line.

17 min

Lee shot diverted wide for corner

23 mins

Pritchett ranges wide on right, crosses but goalie intercepts

29 mins

Otago shutting down Aucckland midfield

30 mins

Coombes shot cut out by goalie

32 mins

Auckland corner tamely into goalie's hands

35 mins

Yellow card Abbott for trip on Hayne on edge of box. Lee freekick sails over bar.

38 mins

Ball breaks for Kelly in penalty area but Vicelich times tackle perfectly

40 mins

Jinking run by Hayne around four defenders but shot goes wide.

41 mins

Freekick by Lee headed away for corner

45 mins

Sadd makes last-ditch clearance as Hogg closes on goal

One minute of time added

45 plus one

No score and Auckland may rue the number of chances missed. But all credit to Otago who pressured the home team at both ends of the park

Working class man from Marty Clarke, top halftime entertainment for the older man!

46 mins

Otago continue to give as good as they get

48 mins

Coombes to Hayne, Waggett saves well.

52 mins

GOAL! Hogg crosses from left, headed out straight to Williams who buried shot.

55 mins

Otago subs: Dugdale for Ede, Connor for Abbott

60 mins

Substitution Young on for Coombes

65 mins

Corner for Auckland after pressure from Hogg. Young first times into carpark

68 mins

Subs Day on for Reichwein

69 mins

Yellow card Uhlmann for foul on Faichnie

72 mins

Swerving shot by Dugdale touched wide by Spoonley

73 mins

Yellow card Day for tangle with McGeorge

75 mins

GOAL! Koprivcic capitalises on pass from Pritchett and Hayne

77 mins

GOAL! Young makes amends for earlier miss as he strikes from close range

83 mins

Urlovic on for Koprivcic, Van Steeden for Williams

84 mins

GOAL! Penalty after Van Steeden falls over Urlovic converts

88 mins

Dugdale lob just over bar

90 mins

GOAL! Corner by Lee headed across by Uhlmann, Vicelich heads home.

90 plus two

Kelly just wide.

90 plus four

Fulltime and the home team back in form for 5-0 win