NZFC - Week 16
Eglish Park, Christchurch
Sunday 28 February, 2010
Scorers Tom Lancaster 67
Aaron Clapham 78 - pen
Halftime: 0 - 0 Referee: Kevin Stoltenkamp Crowd: 755
by Gavin Searle at English Park
Canterbury United achieved a rare derby double and 2-0 win over arch-rivals Otago United and at the same time moved into third place on the NZFC table at English Park this afternoon.
Victory came at a cost after Dragon's captain Dan Terris left the field early in the game and was taken to hospital at half time with a suspected broken collar bone.
The result sees Otago drop out of the top four for the first time in over a month after Team Wellington had earlier edged out Waikato FC 3-2.
Canterbury will cement a place in the play-offs if they can defeat Hawke’s Bay in their catch up game in Napier next weekend.
As is typical of derby matches, this affair rarely rose to any great heights of technical quality, although Otago had the better of the chances in the first half.
Both teams turned at the break scoreless but Canterbury started to gain the ascendancy in the second half and finally broke the dead lock when Tom Lancaster opened the scoring after 67 minutes.
Aaron Clapham ensured the win after he was upended in the penalty area eleven minutes later before he coolly converted from the spot.
As games go it as not a classic but with so much riding on the result and the 30 degree Celsius conditions it was hardly surprising the game failed to produce attractive flowing football.
Canterbury United coach Keith Braithwaite was pleased with the outcome if not the quality on display.
"It certainly was not or best performance of the year, it was a workman like performance ... but we got the result in the second half".
"In the first half I thought we struggled and all credit to Otago they did well. We got into it a bit more in the second half and once we got or noses in front I felt we were comfortable in the end", said Canterbury coach Keith Braithwaite.
Otago United coach Malcolm Fleming lamented missed chances in a tight first half but then turned toward the controversial omission of influential pair Stu Kelly and Robbie Deeley.
"We had three or four chances in the first half but did not take them and after the break Canterbury made the most of the chances they created".
"We need to beat YoungHeart Manawatu in the final game to have any chance and while we have improved this season I will be disappointed if we don't make the NZFC play-offs after being in the top four for since the turn of the year,” Fleming said.
Fleming then revealed that both Stu Kelly and Robbie Deeley had been dropped from selection in a team meeting prior to the match at English Park for a disciplinary breach before last weekend’s match with Waikato FC.
"We were playing the bottom side and looking to win to secure a play-off place and the players breached a curfew and have let themselves and their team mates down," Fleming said.
Fleming said the response of the players in the coming days would determine their future at the club.
18. Tom Batty (gk)
1. James Waggett (gk)
2. Dan Terris (capt) (out 11)
3. Tristian Prattley
4. Gareth Rowe
5. Mike Smith
5. Matt Boyd
7. Ben Light (out 69)
6. Andy Pitman
9. Ryan Faichnie
7. Aaron Clapham
10. David Dugdale
9. Russell Kamo (out 82)
11. Andy Coburn
11. Tom Lancaster
12. James Reichwin (out 66)
12. Nick Wortelboer
17. Tim Horner (capt)
15. Paul Dirou (out 69)
18. Nathan Knox (out 80)
19. Darren Overton
20. Rhys Henderson
1. Jordan Buchanan (rgk)
2. Michael Abbott
13. Hue Frame (in 82)
4. Dave Shaw
16. Daniel Burns (in 11)
6. Tom Sadd
17. Glen Collins (in 69)
8. Harley Rodeka (in 69)
23. Jordan Swaney
13. Brian Brown (rgk)
14. Dan Ede (in 66) 15. Morgan Day (in 80)
=2 yellow cards
= red card
Welcome to English Park in this vital game which will play a big part in decided the play-off spots. Stu Kelly has be dropped for breaking team protocol before their last NZFC game against Waikato. Canterbury are a full strenght and will be looking to match their youth team who defeated Otago 2 - nil, in the curtain raiser.
Play is underway and a nasty head clash between Matt Boyd and Dave Dugdale. Both players down.
Both Dugdale and Boyd but on the field but both still look a little shaken
Otago win freekick on the edge of penalty area and a low shot from Nathan Knox nearly catches the Canty defense out but cleared for a corner
Canty captain, Dan Teris holding chest
Sub: Canty forced to the bench with Daniel Burns on for Terris
Canty first chance when they win a corner by cleared
Good run by Tom Lancaster but tries to beat one Otago man to many
Canty win free kick after Aaron Clapham brought down on the 'D' but comes to nothing
After Otago made the better start Canty starting to look danagerour on attack
A lack of communication the the Canterbury defence allows Ryan Faichnie to run down a long ball but one in the middle for the cross
Both sides have had their chances but so far defence are equal to the task
Otago win corner but Boyd heads clear
Best chance of the game with Nathan Knox put clear on the right of the Canty goal but Tom Batty down to smother shot
Knox again for Otago but decides to shot from a tight angle rather than cross
Otago win free kick near touch line but cleared easily
From an Otago corner Batty up high to take ball
Four minutes of added time
45 + 1 min
Boyd down again
45 + 1 min
Boyd back on
45 + 4 min
Half time 0 - 0 with Otago having the clearer of the chances in a tight game. With the news coming through the Team Wellington have defeated Waikato FC to move into third place on the table so both teams will know what is ahead of them in the 2nd half
Update on Dan Terris will be taken to hospital with a suspected broken collar bone
Back underway no changes
Otago win corner but cleared on near post by Andy Pitman
Boyd in the book for a tackle
Canty win free kick 35 metres out taken by Clapham by Jame Wagget untroubled to take ball
Canty win another freekick with Russel Kamo receiving ball and turns but low shot saved by Waggett
Otago waste chance at other end with play starting to open up more in this half
Faichnie into Canty goal area but takes too long on ball and cleared
Lancaster does well to set up Wortelboer but shoots straight at keeper
Sub Dan Ede replaces James Reichwin for Otago
GOAL: 1 - 0 Lancaster treads to needle between two defenders to score
Lancaster nearly scores again but just wide
Sub: Light off for Otago Harley Rodeka on
Sub: Paul Dirou off for Canty Glen Collins on
A cross from Ede goes across the face of Canty goal
Kamo fouled in front of Otago goal
From free kick Clapham just wide
Penalty: Clapham bundled over in area
GOAL: 2 - 0 Clapham cleverly waits to keeper to dive and then put ball into net were Waggett had been standing
Sub: Final Otago sub Day on for the hard working Knox
Sub: Kamo off for Canty Hue Frame on
Otago press for opening goal
Dugdale shots wide for Otago
Ede off injuried for Otago
Four minutes of added time
90 min + 1
Lancaster on a dangerous run into Otago area but cross cleared
90 min + 4
Faichnie brought down by Boyd by Batty down low to stop free kick
90 min + 5
FT: 2 - 0 game came alive after the break with maybe the hot condition's having and effect on the players. Canty move into third place with Otago dropping back to fifth place behind Team Wellington