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Hawke's Bay United

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NZFC - Week 17
Park Island, Napier
Sunday 14 March 2010

6

Leon Birnie 88' pen 

Jason Hayne 15', 86'
Matt Williams 55', 77'
Adam Dickinson 89', 90'

 

                                           

Halftime:                       Referee: Mirko BENISCHKE                       Crowd: 300

 

Clinical Auckland see off Hawke's Bay

by Ryan Majstrovic at Park Island
nzfc.co.nz

For Hawke’s Bay United to make their first appearance in the NZFC play-offs, circumstances and a slice of luck needed to go their way. At Park Island today, practically nothing did as Auckland romped to a 6-1 win.

But take nothing away from the qualities defending champions Auckland City displayed.


From the outset it was clear Auckland were not taking this fixture lightly.

They brought a full-strength squad containing three current All Whites, and a host of other players with equally-impressive credentials and they played with a freedom and authority that suggests they are strong favourites to retain their NZFC title.

Hawke’s Bay, to their credit, did enjoy a fair share of possession, and often found themselves in positions to score.

Unfortunately for the locals, the only one from which they did was the penalty spot – once the game was well and truly beyond them.

Trailing by a solitary goal into the halftime break, Hawke’s Bay were definitely in with a shout.
 
But once midfield ball-winner Phil Clarke was given his marching orders shortly after half-time, an already massive task became mission impossible.

Auckland City took clear advantage of the extra man and heaped pressure on Hawke’s Bay they simply couldn’t cope with.

In the 55th minute, Auckland edged in front when an unmarked Matt Williams headed home from a corner.

Following this, Auckland City coach Paul Posa removed left-back Ian Hogg to inject Adam Dickinson into the fixture, an aggressive move that signalled things to come.

The ex-Watford man made an immediate impact and created space for Alex Feneridis – another substitute – to narrowly squander consecutive chances, the most glaring a strike that hit the upright from close-range.

Outstanding Hawke’s Bay goalkeeper Richard Gillespie – returning from suspension – was in the thick of the action, but in the 77th minute when Matt Williams proved one too many attackers to mark, this time doing the damage with a tidy right foot finish.

One plus one equalled two for Williams, three for Auckland City and none for Hawke’s Bay on a day when only victory counted for the home side.

The final five minutes of the match could be viewed as a thing of beauty, or something quite the opposite – depending on what side of the fence you sit on.

When an unmarked Jason Hayne further stamped his mark on the match with an authoritative volley from inside the penalty area, Hawke’s Bay immediately responded by way of a Leon Birnie penalty.

From the ensuing kick-off Dickinson found himself with only Gillespie to beat, and showcased his pedigree with a composed finish.

To make matters worse for Hawke’s Bay, Dickinson then wandered free before he hit a volley home from in space in the Hawke’s Bay penalty area.

Post-match, Hawke’s Bay coach Matt Chandler conceded it was just a day when things didn’t click for his charges.

“Our attitude’s been great all season, but Auckland City were fantastic today – definitely the better team” said Chandler.

“But today’s not the end of the season for us – it’s the start of the next. We want to get where Auckland City are, and be where they’ve been.

“We’ve come a long way this season, starting pretty much afresh right across the board – administration through to the players. Those we’ve bought in have been outstanding, we’ve really clicked, and I’m proud of and thankful to them all.”

Auckland City coach Paul Posa was entirely complimentary of their hosts in his post-match speech, musing that it was the first time in his ‘experienced’ memory that a win had come with such relative ease at Park Island.

“We really needed a win today to get back on track” Posa said.

“To be fair, I think Hawke’s Bay losing Phil Clarke just after half-time did affect the result, but the referee had no choice.

“Recently, we’ve struggled to hit the back of the net – today we couldn’t miss!”

The victory was notable as Auckland reached a full year since they were last beaten in a competitive match on New Zealand soil – a 3-1 play-off loss to YoungHeart Manawatu at Memorial Park, Palmerston North.

Auckland’s only other competitive defeat was a 3-0 loss to Atlante in the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2009.

The defending champions also look strong possibilities to become the first team to make it through the NZFC regular season unbeaten.

Hawke’s Bay United can now watch with interest as Auckland City do battle with Canterbury next weekend, to see whether they will play the mainlanders again in the first week of the semi-finals.

In the other result that mattered to Bay fans, Wellington sealed their presence in the play-offs when the Stu Jacobs men took a 2-1 victory off Canterbury.

Canterbury is virtually assured of a play-off place with one game to spare.

Only the highly unlikely scenario of a cricket score defeat in their final match with Auckland would see Otago United qualify at Canterbury’s expense.

Elsewhere, Waitakere United took pole-position in the league by dispatching Waikato FC 4-2, and they now must wait on Auckland City’s final two league fixtures to see whether they can retain their own ‘Minor Premiers’ title.

 

Team Sheet


Hawke's Bay United

V

Auckland City FC

23. Richard GILLESPIE [gk]

1. Jacob SPOONLEY [gk]

2. Sam HALLIGAN

3. Ian HOGG (off 56')

3. Phil CLARKE

4. Sam CAMPBELL

4. Chris GREATHOLDER

5. Matt WILLIAMS  

6. Jonathan TAYLOR (c)

6. Ki-Hyung LEE

7. Matt HASTINGS (off 62')

7. James PRITCHETT (off 80')

8. Leon BIRNIE

8. Chad COOMBES

11. Andrew ABBA (off 69')

11. Daniel KOPRIVCIC

16. Marama THOMPSON

15. Ivan VICELICH (c)

17. George BARBAROUSES (off 69')

16. Jason HAYNE  

21. Stuart FERGUSON

17. Adam MCGEORGE (off 57')

Substitutes

Substitutes

1. Shaun PETA [rgk]

18. Paul GOTHARD [rgk]

9. Danny WILSON

9. Paul URLOVIC

10. Joachim RANDE (on 69')

13. Alex FENERIDIS (on 57')

12. Sam JACOB (on 69')

21. Riki VAN STEEDEN (on 80')

22. Fergus NEIL (on 62')

22. Adam DICKINSON (on 56')  

=goal

=yellow card

=2 yellow cards

= red card

 

Play by Play

0'


Welcome to the incredibly sunny Hawke's Bay - with an apostrophe - where the National Youth League sides are serving up a goal-fest (4-2 to Auckland City)

Both sides are beginning their preparations for this afternoon's MASSIVE fixture...

1'


Auckland City with the kick, heading east...

City playing a 4-3-3, All Whites on the flanks - the home side carrying a 4-4-2 with Barbarouses sitting in

5'


miscommunication between Vicelich and Hogg puts pressure on Jacob SPOONLEY, who clears well under close attention from Leon BIRNIE (searching for the golden boot...)

George BARBAROUSES and Andrew ABBA showcase some quick touches in the Auckland City area, but neither can get a shot away

15'


 GOAL!

James PRITCHETT finds a rising #16. Jason HAYNE at the top of the 6 yard area, and City have a lead

16'


ABBA has space from 20 yards on the angle, but shoots wide and to the right

Ki-Hyung 'Cannon Shooter' LEE has a pop from 40 yards, which tapers wide

Auckland City are putting a lot more pressure on Hawke's Bay now

21'


Richard GILLESPIE finds himself 30 yards out from goal, and puts the boot in

GILLESPIE again goes kamikaze through traffic to punch clear

Matt HASTINGS does well to track PRITCHETT in space down the right

25'


Phil CLARKE collects possession in midfield and picks out BIRNIE's diagonal-run 40 yards advanced...but Birnie loses sight and ducks for cover in response

ABBA forces a tidy save from SPOONLEY from close range

31'


Hawke's Bay are coming back into the match now, with a few mistakes creeping into the champions' game

Ian HOGG is one-on-one with GILLESPIE, who gratefully collects his mis-hit finish

Sam HALLIGAN has a drive from 20, grazing the crossbar

HAYNE cuts in and shoots with his left from above the D - but the hedge behind the goal bears its force
 

38'


COOMBES spins on the corner of the 6-yard area and lets fly, but GILLESPIE stands well and deflects wide

BARBAROUSES reaches the bye-line, but SPOONLEY judges his chipped cross well

43'


Andrew ABBA's 'mid-section' has an unfortunate collision with Ian HOGG's left boot - and both are down to receive treatment...

-- 1 minute added time --

45'+1


Marama THOMPSON drops a bomb into the Auckland area, but BIRNIE is called for getting a shoulder-ride from VICELICH


HALF-TIME: HBU 0 AKL 1

47'


RED CARD!

Daniel KOPRIVCIC is clear on goal and brought down by #3. Phil CLARKE , who earns his ticket to an early shower...

COOMBE's free kick finds the face of a wall-member

52'


GILLESPIE moves well to punch clear through traffic at the far post

ABBA receives in the box, but is swamped by three Auckland City defenders

55'


 GOAL!

#5. Matt WILLIAMS is un-marked at the far post and hits a bullet-header from close range

56'


#3. Ian HOGG is replaced by #22. Adam DICKINSON

57'


#17. Adam MCGEORGE makes way for #13. Alex FENERIDIS

HAYNE travels across the top of the area again, producing a top-drawer save from former team-mate GILLESPIE

play is now end-to-end, with varying levels of success for either side

62'


#22. Fergus NEIL enters the match for #7. Matt HASTINGS

65'


FENERIDIS arrives at the near post from a LEE corner, and the upright comes to Hawke's Bay's rescue

69'


#11. Andrew ABBA makes way for #10. Joachim RANDE, and #17. George BARBAROUSES is replaced by #12. Sam JACOB
 

73'


GILLESPIE produces two mirroring saves in quick succession, the first from FENERIDIS, then DICKINSON

75'


#21. Stuart FERGUSON  is carded for a 'professional foul'

77'


 GOAL!

#5. Matt WILLIAMS gets his second, with space to pick his spot

78'


GILLESPIE saves at the feet of KOPRIVCIC, preserving the scoreline

80'


#7. James PRITCHETT is replaced by Sky Sports producer #21. Riki VAN STEEDEN, as Hawke's Bay have a corner that is well reacted to by SPOONLEY

82'


Auckland City look to have the measure of the game now, and threatening to extend the scoreline further

TAYLOR puts in an heroic last-ditch tackle on HAYNE, who looked certain to score

FENERIDIS hits a well-placed free-kick ahead of Lee, and GILLESPIE stoops well to hold

86'


 GOAL!

#16. Jason HAYNE is unmarked at the penalty spot, and volleys home

87'


PENALTY!

BIRNIE is brought down in the area, and steps up to put himself joint on 9 NZFC goals for the season with Seule Soromon

 GOAL!

#8. Leon BIRNIE sends Spoonley the wrong way, and the former Wellington Phoenix goalkeeper turns to watch his penalty roll into the net

88'


 GOAL!

#22. Adam DICKINSON is one-on-one with Gillespie, and finishes with composure

90'


 GOAL!

this time with a volley, #22. Adam DICKINSON turns the knife


-- 2 minutes added time --

FULL TIME: HBU 1 AKL 6