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Otago United

YoungHeart Manawatu


ASB Premiership - Round 1
Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Sunday 4 November, 2012



Tomas MOSQUERA 8', 28' 55'



Halftime:   0-2                    Referee:  Issac Trevis                              Crowd: ~250


Mosquera hat-trick lifts rejuvenated YoungHeart

by Rab Smith at Forsyth Barr Stadium

DUNEDIN - Manawatu equalled their last season's points total, by grabbing a 3-0 win over Otago United in Dunedin at the Forsyth Barr stadium on Sunday.
"It's not often you can do that in the first game of the season," said a delighted Stu Jacobs, and not far behind the smiling Manawatu coach was an ebullient Tom Mesquera who clinched the result with a hat-trick.
Otago actually started quite well, looked sharp and dominant in midfield, created extended pressure that earned a series of corners, and had loud local support.
Keeper Matt Borren made a superb save, down among flailing boots after one early corner, then some cool defending cleared the Manawatu lines, and even better, mounted a swift counter attack that caught Otago with its collective pants down.
A combination of quick early passing, combined with pace, set up Mosquera in space, and chopping inside, he clinically laced in his first goal past keeper Liam Little in the eighth minute.
It was the equivalent of an uppercut that stopped shellshocked Otago in its tracks, and coach Richard Murray's side struggled to regain composure. By contrast, Manawatu went on to play patterned possession football that had Otago chasing shadows.
Aaron Burgess had the ball Manawatu's net, but was flagged for offside, then a strong run by Regan Coldicott was blocked in the box, and a good shout for hand ball was waved away by referee Isaac Trevis.
Then when it looked like Otago had clawed its way back into contention, with Aajay Cunningham hitting crosses that Ant Hancock and Burgess latched on to - the flying student from Palmy North, Mesquera, struck again, and after 28 minutes Manawatu was 2-0 to the good.
Otago tried to climb back, but pretty steady Manawatu defence well led by Sam Redwood and Kade Schrijvers repelled the home side's efforts. 

Otago was not helped by poor delivery at set-plays, when big defenders such as Matt Joy and Jake Morrison pushed forward to no avail.
The two goal cushion gave Jacob's team the luxury of knocking passes around in a good display of possession, while some desperation entered into Otago's play as million dollar passes yielded small change.
Keeper Little and centreback Joy were steady, but some combinations just did not work.

"We were guilty of some naive defensive play," said coach Murray.
"We still created chances, but the final execution was not good enough, and their goalkeeper Matt Borren was resolute, especially in several melees at corners among the heavy traffic."
For Manawatu, Adam Cowan worked tirelessly, Dale Higham made runs that found space, but it was Mosquera who enjoyed the acres of room he found wide on the left, and no surprise when he made it 3-0.
Always a competitor, the smiling Jacobs even gave the ballboys a team talk prior to kick-off.

"Remember to throw the ball back to us quickly," he said, "For Otago - you can take as long as you like....". This is surely a sign that Jacobs - who endured a horror season in 2011-12 - is back hungrier than ever for success, even enjoying a tongue in cheek moment before the match.
Last season, enjoyment was a commodity thin on the ground for Manawatu.
In the blue ranks even Mr Consistency Tristan Prattley was ordinary, new defender Morrison was caught out of position several times - yet had probably Otago's two best chances - one header beating keeper Borren, but sailing just over the crossbar.
Generally performances were what one would expect from a team with little competitive game time under its belt.
Substitutes Joel Stevens and Seamus Ryder had moments, but its back to the drawing board for Otago, with coach Murray's comment of "naive defending" a hint for just which area needs the most attention at training next week. 

For Manawatu it was their first win on opening day since 2009 and halted a record run without winning that stretched back to 2010-11.

And on the basis of this performance, there may be more to come from the rejuvenated "Green Machine".


Team Sheet

Otago United


YoungHeart Manawatu

1. Liam LITTLE (GK)

1. Matt BORREN (GK)



3. Tristan PRATTLEY

10. Adam COWAN (c)

5. Matt JOY


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')



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')


=yellow card

=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.
Sub Otago, 20. Andy Ridden comes on for 9. Victor da Costa.


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.