ASB Premiership - Round 1
Tomas MOSQUERA 8', 28' 55'
Halftime: 0-2 Referee: Issac Trevis Crowd: ~250
by Rab Smith at Forsyth Barr Stadium
1. Liam LITTLE (GK)
1. Matt BORREN (GK)
2. Jake MORRISON
2. Liam HIGGINS
3. Tristan PRATTLEY
10. Adam COWAN (c)
5. Matt JOY
20. Sam REDWOOD
9. Victor da COSTA (Ridden 82')
11. Tomas MOSQUERA (Martens 65')
10. Ant HANCOCK (Ryder 67')
5. Andrew FRAMPTON
12. Aaron BURGESS
18. Dale HIGHAM
15. Tom CONNOR
7. Josh CHETTLEBURGH (Scott 82')
16. Aajay CUNNINGHAM (Stevens 56')
9. Seule SOROMON (Brandt 78')
23. Regan COLDICOTT
4. Kade SCHRIJVERS
27. Morgan DAY
22. Grant ROBSON
22. Peter EVANS (RGK)
17. Jordan MARTENS (65')
8. Seamus RYDER (67')
15. Billy SCOTT (82')
14. Sam MEPHAM
14. Tyson BRANDT (78')
21. Joel STEVENS (56')
19. Ben WILKES (RGK)
24. Andrew RIDDEN (82')
=2 yellow cards
= red card
Play by Play
Welcome to the Forsyth Barr Stadium here in Dunedin for coverage of this Round One ASB Premiership fixture between Otago United and Youngheart Manawatu. Both teams struggled at times last season and today is a good opportunity for both teams to get a vital three points. In major team news for Otago, veteran striker Aaron Burgess will make his return to this level in the starting XI, while Jude Fitzpatrick is somewhat surprisingly left out all together. Morgan Day wins a starting spot in the heavily contest central midfield ahead of Seamus Ryder and Sam Mepham.
About to head pitchside to check out conditions, will report in due course. Of course, you can offer your comments and questions via the ASB Premiership Twitter account: @ASBPremiership. Will check this as the match progresses and maybe even include the odd bit of wisdom offered on there.
Pitch is, as you'd expect under the roof, flat and very firm. A few rough patches which won't affect things too much. At the request of the teams, the sprinklers have been used for the last 10 or so minutes.
The TAB has Otago as hot favourites at $1.65. My tip is there's plenty of value in the Draw at $3.75.
Teams entering now. Otago in Blue, Manawatu in Green.
Otago win the Toss, choose to play from West to East. Manawatu to kickoff.
And we're away.
Early Otago pressure down the left sees a cross delivered by Aajay Cunningham which is fumbled then regathered by Borren.
Regan Coldicott has an early chance but he's thwarted by the offside flag of the AR.
Aaron Burgess gets on the end of a Morgan Day long ball but he too incurs the wrath of the Assitant Referee's flag. Plenty of positive intent from the home side early.
Regan Coldicott shoots on the turn just inside the 18yard box. Shot in blocked by Grant Robson. Appeals for handball turned down.
Aaron Burgess looked to turn just outside the box, but he is brought down by Robson. From the resulting free kick Tristan Prattley has his curling shot well saved by Borren.
GOAL Manawatu! Manawatu break and move the ball arielly from side to side and it's the shot of the number 11 from the left corner of the 18 yard box that beats Liam Little. An error in the team list I recieved means I can't confirm the scorer, will try and confirm. Manawatu lead 1-0, completly against the run of play.
Aaron Burgess has a big penalty shout turned down.
Industrious play down the right by Suele Soromon wins a corner for Manawatu which is eaily dealt with by Otago.
I believe the goal scorer was Tomas MOSQUERA. Will confirm this at halftime. After a very slow start Manawatu are right on top here.
An Adam Cowan shot from distance troubles noone.
A pin point Aaron Burgess cross from wide on the right is only centremetres away from finding the dive of Victor da Costa at the near post.
GOAL Manawatu!! Suele Soromon beat at least five defenders before delivering a cross which found the number 11 at the back post who on the halfvolley turned it into the bottom right corner. We might not know who he is, but he's got himself two goals and Manawatu in a commanding position at 2-0. Not undeserved as well.
Aajay Cunnigham crosses into the box from the left. It's cleared but only to Aaron Burgess who chips it just over the bar.
Adam Cowan breaks and thunders a shot which is well palmed away by Liam Little.
Adam Cowan goes down holding his head and there's a small delay while he is treated. Such is nature of the hot Dunedin day under the roof, there's a mad dash by both teasm to the sideline for water.
Morgan Day clips Adam Cowan late and recieves a very firm talking to from the referee
A weak penalty appea for a foul on Mosquera is not even considered by referee Trevis.
2 minutes to be addeds.
Aaron Burgess has the ball in the net, but the offside flag is up.
Halftime called, Manawatu lead 2-0.
I've seen the Manawatu team card and can confirm the Goal Scorer was Tomas Mosquera. Team list above updated accordingly. My apologies for any confusion.
If Manawatu hold on to their lead, it'll be their first win since a win over Waikato way back in the 2010-11 season. Alternatively, if Aaron Burgess can nab a second half hatrick, he'll have scored his 200th Goal at Senior Club Level.
Back underway, Otago kicking off.
Regan Coldicott thinks he's done enough to win an early corner for Otago. The officials disagree.
Coldicott again delivers from the right. Burgess is there or thereabouts but Borren is there first.
Andy Frampton breaks down the middle. His looping shot worries keeper Little, but is away to the left.
Tom Connor wins the ball in a tackle that Cowan should have been better than. On the break Colidcott wins a free kick. Free kick easily cleared.
Prattley from near halfway delivers a curling long ball that evades both keeper Borren and Ant Hancock. Goal Kick.
GOAL Manawatu!!! Hattrick for Mosquera!! Soromon after one of his winding runs finds himself in the right corner near the goalline. His cross is met by Cowan who has his shot well saved, albeit directly into the path of Mosquera who scores easily to make it 3-0.
SUB OTAGO. 21. Joel Stevens on for 16. Aajay Cunningham.
Otago free kick is poorly hit by Prattley.
Aaron Burgess latches onto to a nice Stevens through ball. His finishing let him down however
Dale Higham goes down in the box begging for a penalty. Not given. Otago players suggest he went down deliberately. Nothing comes of it.
Joel Stevens puts pressure on and wins a corner for Otago.
Sub Manawatu: Hattrick Hero, 11. Tomas Mosquera is replaced by 17. Jorden Martens
Aaron Murgess goes agonisingly close, just away to the left.
Sub Otago: 10. Ant Hancock is replaced by 8. Seamus Ryder.
Foul by Manawatu and Prattley's freekick finds the head of Jake Morrison. It can't beat Borren in goal.
YELLOW CARD. Regan Coldicott makes a reckless tackle in midfield, and is rightly given a Yellow Card.
Quiet patch in the game, with play being contested in midfield. The last Manawatu player to score a hattrick was Michael White, way back in December 2010, ironically on Manawatu's last win.
A couple of corners in quick succession for Otago come to nothing.
Sub Manawatu. 9. Suele Soromon makes way for 14. Tyson Brandt.
Ryder on the right goes ariel into the box. Nothing comes of it
Morrison has a great chance for Otaog but heads over the bar.
Sub Manawatu, 15. Billy Scott comes on for 7. Josh Chettleburgh.
Martens shoots from 20 yards out but Little easily saves.
Otago are trying hard but a well drilled Manawatu defence is too good. On a lighter note a bird has got inside this indoor stadium giving the spectators some slight amusement.
A sharp passing play gives Martens a chance which he wastes.
A foul by Ridden, followed by a long advantage. No advantage in the opinon of the referee, comes back for the Free Kick, and a yellow card for Ridden.
Into stoppage time now.
Adam Cowan slides in from behind and earns himself a yellow card.
Fulltime called. Manawatu the deserved victor here today, by 3 goals to nil. Report will follow.