NZFC - Week 10,
Sunday January 17, 2010
Matt Boyd 43
Halftime: 1 - 0 Referee: Chris Kerr Crowd: 525
by Gavin Searle at English Park
Canterbury United handed Waitakere United its biggest NZFC defeat by a franchise outside of Auckland as the visitors were dispatched 4-0 at English Park today.
The win helped erase the memory of 3-0 loss to Team Wellington the previous week and more importantly got The Dragons play-off hope back on track moving them back into fourth spot ahead of both YoungHeart Manawatu's and Otago United. Waitakere now find themselves in second place on goal difference to arch rivals Auckland City.
Canterbury started well defensively with Waitakere dominating in the middle period of the first half with Canterbury keeper Tom Batty pulling off several outstanding saves to keep the Dragons goal intact.
Canterbury then scored on the stroke of half time from a free-kick which was whipped in by Tom Lancaster, with an unmarked Matt Boyd heading past Danny Robinson.
Aaron Clapham continued his good form this season when he split the visiting defence with a great ball to the feet of Russell Kamo who fired home from to edge of the penalty box.
Lancaster then showed this class and quick thinking when Waitakere mishit a clearance which fell to Lancaster who hit the ball first time from 30 metres out when a touch may have allowed Robinson to recover in position.
It was a sublime peice of skill by Lancaster who along with Aaron Clapham have turned in some exciting performances this season.
The final goal came in stoppage time when Clapham looked to have scored direct from a free kick which had Robinson beaten but cannoned off the post.
Substitute Sam Miles attempted a bicycle kick but he miscued his shot but found the right hand corner of the net.
Canterbury coach, Keith Braithwaite, a devout Liverpool supporter said the result "almost made up for Liverpool being knock out of the FA Cup by Reading during the week".
"It was a great result coming after the result last week, everyone played their part so it was a tremendous team result".
"If there is a better pairing in the NZFC at the moment than Aaron and Tommy then I have yet to see them, they were both quality today", added Braithwaite.
Neil Emblen was refreshingly honest for a coach that had just watched his team defeated by a record margin.
"It was a disappointing result because it was a game we expected to win.
Canterbury stuck to their task well and took their chances that came their way and we didn't take our chances when we had them."
I felt Russell Kamo was fantastic up front and Lancaster and Clapham are real talents", added Emblen.
Canterbury now have travel away from home for their next two games two the bottom two sides, Waikato United and Hawkes Bay United and will be looking to remain unbeaten before returning home if they are serious about a play-off spot at the end of the season.
18. Tom Batty (gk)
1. Danny Robinson
2. Dan Terris (capt)
14. Jeremy Christie
5. Matt Boyd
3. Aaron Scott
6. Andy Pitman out 66
4. Tim Myers
7. Aaron Clapham
11. Neil Sykes out 68
9. Russell Kamo
7. Martin Bullock
11. Tom Lancaster
17. Jake Butler (capt)
15. Paul Dirou out 82
12. Roy Krishna
16. Daniel Burns in 85
15. Craig Wylie out 54
19. Darren Overton
8. Brent Fisher
23. Jordan Swaney
13. Dimas Da Silva out 54
1. Jordan Buchanan (rgk)
22. Liam Litte(rgk)
12. Nick Wortelboer in 63
19. Dakato Lucas in 54
20. Dominic McGarr in 85
18. Zane Sole in 54
21. Ben Harris
24. Luke Adams
24. Sam Miles in 82
5. Neil Emblen in 68
=2 yellow cards
= red card
Welcome to English Park were overnight rain will make the pitch soft with light rain failing on and off. Canterbury United have been dealt a blow with Garerth Rowe not passing a fitness test which will not make the home sides chances against the league leaders any easier as they look to bounce back from a 4 - nil loss against Team Wellington last Sunday.
Play is underway
First chance to Canty but shot from Pitman too high
Quick free-kick by Canty nearly catches Waitakere out as Clapham squares ball to Overton but shot straight to Robinson
Waitakere wins first corner of game but Sykes puts ball wide
Great point blank block by Canty keeper, Batty sees shot from Da Silva go wide for Waitakere corner
Batty another good save to deny Krishna
Free flowing game but Waitakere starting to like the more likely to score
Canty win corner but comes to nothing
Both defences cutting out any half chances at the moment
From wide outside area Wylie shot over bar for Waitakere
Caution: Krishna (Waitakere) in the book for foul on Boyd
Fisher has shot in turn blocked bu Canty defender
Caution: Myers Waitakere foul on Kamo right on edge of area
GOAL 1 - 0 From resulting freekick Boyd heads Canty into the lead
45 min 1+
Half time 1 - 0 Canty take the lead to the break with Waitakere maybe having the better of the chances
Back under way
GOAL: 2 - 0 Kamo put Canty 2 up after great ball from Clapham
Double sub for Waitakere
GOAL: 3 - 0 Robinson only half cleared ball out to Lancasrer who hit first time from 30 metres
Sub for Canty Wortelboer on for Pitman
Sub for Waitakere Emblen on for Sykes
RED CARD Krishna second yellow card for foul on Burns
Waitakere looking for opening goal but Canty determined to keep clean sheet
Sub Canty Miles on for Dirou
Caution Scott into the book for Waitakere
Sub Canty McGarr on for Burns
3 mins added time
90 min + 2 min
GOAL 4 - 0 From Canty free kick Clapham hits post with miles scoring from a mis que
FULL TIME 4 - 0 Canty wins put them back into the top four with Waitakere dropping back to second place