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Waitakere United

Otago United


NZFC - Week 13
Fred Taylor Park
Sunday 7 February 2010


Jake Butler 8 
Roy Krishna 58
Benjamin Totori 81
Neil Emblen 83    



Halftime:1-0                       Referee: Mike Hester                                Crowd:245 


Waitakere ominous as Otago swept aside

by Bob Pearce at Fred Taylor Park 

Otago United came, saw and returned home suitably chastened after they were beaten 4-0 by Waitakere United at Fred Taylor Park.

Nobody could fault their commitment and at 1-0 down at the break, they were still very much in the game on a swelteringly hot and muggy West Auckland afternoon.

But, as coach Malcolm Fleming conceded, they lost the plot in the second half and 4-0 could have been more.

One consolation, though, on the flight home: They are no worse off in the NZFC than they were.

They remain in third place and could probably be assured of a place in the playoffs if they can take four points from their remaining three games, two of them at home.

Waitakere stay level pegging on points with Auckland City but behind on goal difference at the top, but a four-goal tally should serve as a warning that the former champions are warming to their work and only need their strikers to find their range and there could be a goal blitz.

It took just eight minutes for Waitakere to take the lead. A left-wing corner was nodded on to captain Jake Butler and he looped his header over James Waggitt just under the bar.

Roy Krishna made the game relatively safe in the 58th minute when he atoned for some wayward shooting with a tidy finish to a through ball and then the icing on the Waitakere cake came in the 81st and 83rd minutes from Benjamin Totori and player-coach Neil Emblen.

Totori was supplied with a fine pass from the impressive young fullback Tim Myers and he added his own bit of magic for the goal, while Emblen out leapt the defence to head home a corner from Neil Sykes.

Emblen's first of the season could have been joined by his second minutes later when his drive from the edge of the penalty area was headed for the roof of the net when it hit an unsighted goalkeeper Waggitt and Totori's finish was ruled offside.

Otago had their chances in the first half, Ryan Faichnie fired over the top and then Dave Dugdale and Ben Light both shot straight at Robinson with only the keeper to beat.

At the other end, Totori and Krishna created a heap of chances only for the finish to be missing and Waggitt again showed his prowess with a couple of outstanding saves.

"I was disappointed in the second half," said Fleming. "I think we let ourselves down. When we keep possession we can match anything and we trained all week to keep the ball on the ground.

"We kept putting the ball in the air and Neil Emblen and Co headed it back to halfway. Still we're no worse off than we were and hopefully we'll be back north for the playoffs."

Emblen was happy to see his team score four goals, but would have been happier with more.

"I'm a bit of a perfectionist," he said. "We missed some gilt-edged chances but we did score four and hopefully this is the performance that kick-starts us for the rest of the season.

"Roy and Benji are free spirits and they do things out of the ordinary and they create things for us, so it was good to see them both score goals. I again thought Tim Myers was outstanding, filling in for Aaron Scott."


Team Sheet




1 Danny Robinson (GK)

James Waggitt (GK)

4 Tim Myers

3 Tristian Prattley

7 Martin Bullock

5 Ben Light (Tom Connor 61)

8 Brent Fisher

6 Tom Sadd

9 Benjamin Totori

8 Stu Kelly

10 Allan Pearce (Pearce 70)

9 Ryan Faichnie

11 Neil Sykes

10 Dave Dugdale

12 Roy Krishna

16 Morgan Day(Dan Ede 58)

16 Neil Emblen

17 Tim Horner

17 Jake Butler

18 Nathan Knox (Abbott 67)

21 Jack Pelter (Rowley 58)

20 Rhys Henderson



2 Jason Rowley

13 Brian Brown

18 Zane Sole

2 Michael Abbott

19 Dakota Lucas

14 Dan Ede

20 Ryan de Vries

15 Tom Connor

22 Liam Little (RGK)


=yellow card

=2 yellow cards

= red card


Play by Play

0 mins

Hot and humid could be tough for the visitors. Crowd a fraction of the hundreds who turned up last week for the Auckland City game

0 mins

Ref is Mike Hester, who has got the callup for the World Cup along with linesman (sic) Jan Hintz. Congratulations, we will be watching!!

1 min

otago on the attack but last touch goes astray

3 mins

pearce breaks on right but cross fielded by Waggitt

4 mins

Totori breaks but Waggitt beats him to ball

5 mins

Waitakere keeping the pressure up, surely the dam will break in a minute

7 mins

Pelter limps off, freekick wasted, Pelter back and Otago stray offside

8 mins

GOAL! Left wing corner for Waitakere, Fisher heads to Butler who heads it in, looping over goalie

9 mins

Nearly another goal. shot on turn by Fisher brilliantly saved by Waggitt

14 mins

String of corners for Waitakere but no result

16 mins

Ryan Faichnie has first Otago chance but blasts over top

20 mins

Otago freekick, finally finds Dugdale who had strayed offside

22 mins

Great Otago chance, Kelly finds Dugdale who shoots straight at goalie from close range

25 mins

Water break, red wine for the reporter. Waitakere deserve to lead but Otago missed golden chance to equalise

26 mins

Rabbit hole in pitch being filled in!!!

27 mins

Krishna outpaces defence but shoots over top

28 mins

Butler header from right wing corner hits post and stays out.

30 mins

Light has chance for Otgao but the shot again goes straight a t goalie.

31 mins

Allan pearce robs Waggett but squanders chance

33 mins

First Otago corner, cleared with difficulty

35 mins

Krishna and Totori combine but Totori shoots wide

37 mins

Yellow card Horner for blocking Pearce on edge of area

38 mins

Yellow card Day for tackle on Krishna

40 mins

Otago losing shape, Krishna shot ordinary but Bullock fires missile just wide.

43 mins

Otago work towards penalty area but shoot over top

45 mins

Four minutes of time added

45 plus one

Brent Fisher yellow for grabbing shirt

45 plus four

Halftime 1-0 Waitakere. Both sides had plenty of near misses but Waitakere probably deserve the lead

46 mins

Away again Otago attack ends in right wing corner. Taken short but easily foiled

48 mins

Totori passes to Krishna across face of goal but finish is poor

50 mins

Totori again fluffs reasonable shot. Pass the ball benji to someone who can shoot.

56 mins

Left wing corner for Otago easily headed clear. With Pelter and Emblen Waitakere own the air.

58 mins

GOAL! Crtoss from right by Totori nudged by Fisher to Krishna who finall provides the finish

58 mins

Subs Ede for Day, Rowley for Pelter

61 mins

 Sub Connor for Light

66 mins

Everyone feeling the heat and the play is becoming very scrappy.

67 mins

Abbott on for Knox

70 mins

Sub Pearce off, de Vries on

73 mins

Shot by Connor well save d by Robinson

75 mins

Yellow card Butler

79 mins

Yellow card de Vries for tackle that will be common at the World Cup

81 mins

GOAL! Totori finally converts a good pass from Tim Myers

83 mins

GOAL! Right wing corner headed in by Emblen

84 mins

Sub Lucas for Fisher

86 mins

Otago are wilting as they did against Auckland City

88 mins

Right wing corner headed goalwards. Was it in? Ref says no.

90 mins

Three minutes time added. Players will be pleased when final whistle blows

90 plus two

Left wing corner for Waitakere. Emblen shot bounces off goalie, rammed in by Totori but offside

90 plus four

Fulltime 4-0 to Waitakere. Otago gallant but outpaced and undone by the conditions