NZFC - Week 10
Sunday January 17, 2010
Matt Williams 52
Halftime: 0-0 Referee: Campbell Waugh Crowd: 572
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.
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
=2 yellow cards
= red card
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
Freekick to Otago almost from kickoff. Abbot drives ball into wall
Hogg on overlap on left, partially cleared and McGeorge fires wide from distance
Matt Williams' piledriver touched round post by goalie
Corner cleared after Lee shot sliced
Coombes shot on turn goes wide
Otago press through Ede but last pass goes astray
Pritchett and hayne provide chance for Hayne , whose shot is well saved by Waggett
Coburn stops fierce Coombes shot on line.
Lee shot diverted wide for corner
Pritchett ranges wide on right, crosses but goalie intercepts
Otago shutting down Aucckland midfield
Coombes shot cut out by goalie
Auckland corner tamely into goalie's hands
Yellow card Abbott for trip on Hayne on edge of box. Lee freekick sails over bar.
Ball breaks for Kelly in penalty area but Vicelich times tackle perfectly
Jinking run by Hayne around four defenders but shot goes wide.
Freekick by Lee headed away for corner
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!
Otago continue to give as good as they get
Coombes to Hayne, Waggett saves well.
GOAL! Hogg crosses from left, headed out straight to Williams who buried shot.
Otago subs: Dugdale for Ede, Connor for Abbott
Substitution Young on for Coombes
Corner for Auckland after pressure from Hogg. Young first times into carpark
Subs Day on for Reichwein
Yellow card Uhlmann for foul on Faichnie
Swerving shot by Dugdale touched wide by Spoonley
Yellow card Day for tangle with McGeorge
GOAL! Koprivcic capitalises on pass from Pritchett and Hayne
GOAL! Young makes amends for earlier miss as he strikes from close range
Urlovic on for Koprivcic, Van Steeden for Williams
GOAL! Penalty after Van Steeden falls over Urlovic converts
Dugdale lob just over bar
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