ASB Premiership - Round 2
ASB Football Park, Christchurch
Sunday 6 November, 2011
George SLEFENDORFAS 3', 34', 34', 74
Halftime: 3-0 Referee: John ROWBURY Crowd: ~500
by John Donnachie at ASB Football Park
And from the restart, he was on the end of a Matt Thomas cross, steering the ball home past the exposed Fulcher to complete his hatrick on 34 minutes. Ironically, the Aussie hitman should have scored before his goal blast.
22. Adam HIGHFIELD (gk)
25. Mark FULCHER (gk)
3. Mark JOHNSTON
3. Jesse SMITH
5. Tom SCHWARZ
5. Tyler LISSETTE
7. Darren WHITE
7. Jason HICKS (THOMPSON 48')
8. Aaron CLAPHAM
8. Matteo BALLAN (H. EDGE 72')
9. George SLEFENDORFAS
9. Tyler BOYD
10. Russell KAMO (BARTON 75')
10 Adam THOMAS (c)
11. Matt THOMAS (YAMAMOTO 72')
14. Josh GREENE
15. Julyan COLLETT
15. Jessie EDGE
16. Joe MURRAY
16. Raymond HOW (KRAMER 46')
17. Cole PEVERLEY (SMITH 48')
18. Ryan THOMAS
1. Tom BATTY (rgk)
4. Mohamed AWAD
12. Andy BARTON (on 75')
6. Mike KRAMER (on 46')
13. Francis DE VRIES
11. Harry EDGE (on 72')
14. Josh SMITH (on 50)
12. Max TOMMY (rgk)
20 Ken YAMAMOTO (on 72')
17. Mike THOMPSON (on 50)
=2 yellow cards
= red card
Play by Play
Welcome to to the first ASB Premiership at the revamped hoem of teh Dragons, ASB Football Park. It's teh first ever national league match played on an artificial surface and the weather is great for it.
Team news: Matt Thomas has passed a fitness test allowing Keith Braithwaite to name an unchanged line up while for Waikato All WHites doctor Mark Fulcher replaces Neil Mouncher in goal and Mike Thomas starts from the bench.
And we're off.
GOAL! Canterbury are off to a flyer once again as Darren WHITE whips in a cross fro George SLEFENDORFAS who nips ahead of the goalkeeper to finsih what is his third goal of the season. 1-0
Mark FULCHER pulls off a fantastic reflex save from Joe MURRAY's shot. Another cross from Darren WHITE who is looking dangerous, and often unmarked on the right. Murray connected with it from about teh penalty spot but FULCHER parried it away.
The combination of WHITE and SLEFENDORFAS is causing trouble for Waikato. They're flirting with the offside line but look a handful for the visitors.
Canterbury dominating here. Well in control
Cole PEVERLEY tries his luck but FULCHER is equal to the shot, defelcting it round for a corner. Nothing comes from the corner.
The Waikato youngsters are playing well through midfield with some technically competent players but probably lack some real threat in the final third. Canterbury look content to allow teh visitors to play in front of them and wait for the mistake.
Aaron CLAPHAM gets a cross in for Russel KAMO but the target man puts his header over. Just couldn't get up enough to get behind it properly.
Russel KAMO receives the game's first booking.
GOAL!! Wow. What a goal. after missing one he should have slotted about a minute ago, SLEFENDORFAS picks the ball up almost back at the halfway line and by the end of his run he's beat the keeper one-on-one. Canty up 2-0.
GOAL!! By George! a hatrick for SLEFENDORFAS with his second in a minute. Matt Thomas finds the striker in space within the box and SLEFENDORFAS has his fifth of the season. Canterbury 3-0.
SLEFENDORFAS misses out on a fourth with the goal at his mercy. He is getting into some great positions and really could have had five already.
Waikato register their first shot at goal, which Highfield saves. For all their territorial advanatage that stat probably sums up their day.
WHITE and THOMAS combine to set up KAMO but he heads over.
WHITE creates a chance for himself this time but puts it wide.
Canterbury dominant and well worth their 3-0 lead. They have really got a cutting edge up front.
SUB: Mikey KRAMER is on for Raymond HOW for teh visitors
A Russell KAMO header is held by FULCHER at the second attempt
SUBS both sides. Josh SMITH on for PEVERLEY (Canterbury) and Waikato bring on Mike THOMPSON for Jason HICKS
Jesse SMITH puts Waikato's best chance of teh game over the bar
And dowbn the other end SLEFENDORFAS misses again. He's had so many chances today, but he has got a hat trick so we'll forgive him. WHITE the provider agian.
SLEFENDORFAS through on goal but the play is pulled back fopr a foul by SMITH
GOAL! Matt THOMAS adds a fourth for the home side with a deft finsih to meet Darren WHITE cross.
SUB - Canterbury. Goalscorer Matt THOMAS is replaced by Ken YAMAMOTO
SUB - Waikato. Harry EDGE come on for Adam THOMAS
GOAL!! SLEFENDORFAS again with a aheader this time from KAMO cross. Nice interplay from Kamo and WHITE on edge of area.
Final sub for Canterbury: Andy BARTON on for Russel KAMO
SLEFENDORFAS gets on the end of an Aaron CLAPHAM freekick but is well contained this time.
10 to go. One way traffic at the moment.
Andy BARTON has a crack from 20 yards out but can't add to the score
Jessie EDGE gets a yellow for dissent after Darren WHITE is called for offside, and the Waikato player ironically applauds the ref.
Jesse EDGE goes close with a lovely free kick that HIGHFIELD touches roudn the post.
All over here at ASB Football Park and Canterbury have kept up thier impressive early season momentum witha 5-0 win over Waikato FC. Full report and reaction to follow.