NZFC - Week 13,
Sunday 7 Feb, 2010
Paul Dirou 21
Halftime: 3 - 0 Referee: Campbell-Kirk Waugh Crowd: 575
by Gavin Searle at English Park
Canterbury United are firmly back in the NZFC play-off race after a 6-0 demolition of Youngheart Manawatu at English Park.
The Dragons have now scored ten goals without reply in just two home matches with memories of the 4-0 win over Waitakere still fresh in the minds of local fans.
This latest emphatic result moves Canterbury into fourth place while Manawatu drops back to seventh.
Manawatu are still involved in the play-off chase mathematically but they will have to reverse their current run of form which has seen them slump to five straight defeats sooner rather than later.
With chances squandered it was perhaps no surprise that Canterbury took the lead when former YoungHeart player Paul Dirou scored after 24 minutes from a corner.
At this juncture YoungHeart's afternoon disintegrated as with some basic defensive mistakes gifting The Dragons two more goals before the break to Darren Overton and Matt Boyd.
If Manawatu had any hope of getting back into the game they were soon extinguished when Cory Chettleburgh was shown a straight red card after a heated incident with assistant referee Paul Cook.
Manawatu then pushed players forward as they looked to reduce the margin but this only created gaps at the back which the home side ruthlessly exploited.
Canterbury racked up three more goals in the space of six second half minutes - one to Tom Lancaster and two to Aaron Clapham and it was only some smart saves by Ross Nicholson that prevented Canterbury from heaping more goals - and embarrassment - on the visitors.
After the game Keith Braithwaite was all smiles.
"We knew it was a must win game for us and we trained hard all week and I thought or play today was outstanding," Braithwaite said.
Understandably irate, YoungHeart coach Bob Sova gave a blunt summation of the day's action.
"Crap defending - we had our chances early on and didn't take them. When we had a poor period of defending - and we had a fair few of those - Canterbury scored," Sova said.
The 6-0 win is Canterbury United's biggest ever win in the NZFC and is also their first ever home success against YoungHeart Manawatu.
Canterbury's previous best margin of victory was also against YoungHeart Manawatu - a 5-1 win in Palmerston North back in 2008.
Canterbury's next NZFC match is at Kiwitea Street when they take on Auckland City for the first time this season.
Beyond that showdown with the reigning champions comes the eagerly anticipated local derby against third placed Otago United.
18. Tom Batty (gk)
1. Ross Nicholson (gk)
2. Dan Terris (capt)
11. Scott Robson
4. Gareth Rowe (of 66)
4. Colin Falvey
5. Matt Boyd
15. Caleb Duncan
6. Andy Pitman (of 55)
10. Adam Cowan (capt)
7. Aaron Clapham
2. Nobi Ishi
9. Russell Kamo (of 62)
21. Cory Chettleburgh
11. Tom Lancaster
6. Matt Kennedy
15. Paul Dirou
12. Mickey Crisford (off 23)
19. Darren Overton
9. Selile Soromon
23. Campbell Banks (off 28)
1. Jordan Buchanan
19. Matt Borren (rgk)
3. Jeremy Wild (on 66)
14. Marco Paracchini
13. Hue Frame (on 62)
17. Des Faaaiiuaso
16. Daniel Burns
18. Taka Oml (on 28)
17. Glen Collins (on 55)
20. Jimmy Haidakis (on 23)
=2 yellow cards
= red card
Sorry for the lack of updates before now due computors issues. No score at the moment in this vital game with Canterbury having the better of the earlier chances
A strong wind has arrived coming acroos the park as both sides have created changes to score.
GOAL 1 - 0 From a Tom Lancaster corner Aaron Clapham flicks on fo Paul Dirou to score to put Canterbury in front
Nicholson saves a header from Lancaster after a great cross from Dan Terris who is playing his NZFC game today
GOAL 2 - 0 Darren Overton doubles Canterbury's lead with Nicholson slow to reacte to shot
GOAL 3 - 0 Poor defending allows Matt Boyd in to score The Dragon's third goal
45 min + 1
HT 3 - 0 Canterbury go to the break well incontrol with YHM having plenty to do if they are to avoid their fifth straight defeat
Play back under way with computor problems hopefully now resolved so will have more updates this half
RED CARD YHM Cory Chettleburgh straight red card after being tackled, must had said something to the assistant
Long range shot from Lancaster nearly catches out Nicholson on the back foot
Sub Canty go to the bench Collins on for Pitman
GOAL 4 - 0 The hard working Lancaster finally rewarded with a goal are Russell kamo broke clear
Sub Kamo off for Canty Frame on
GOAL 5 - 0 Clapham makes it five for Canterbury after YHM could only half clear the ball
Yellow card Rowe in the book for Canty for a tackle
Sub Rowe of for Cany Wild on
GOAL 6 - 0 Clapham breaks clear and bags a double to put Canty further in front
Canty still pressing for more goals
Nicholson tip ball over crossbar after Terris head home from a corner
Nicholson again good save to turn a shot bu Dirou away for a corner
YHM so looking to get forward but Canty defence want the clear sheet
Nicholson beats a shot out from Lancaster to prevent Canty adding to their record score
3 minutes added time
90 min + 3
FT 6 - 0 this result puts Canty back into the top four, with Manawatu's bad run continuing. Wrap and comments to follow