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Waikato FC

Hawke's Bay United


ASB Premiership - Round 1, Porritt Stadium, November 4th 2012



Sean Lovemore 71', 80'




Halftime:   0-0             Referee:    John Rowberry              Crowd: 300


Lovemore at the double for Bay

by Niall Anderson at Porritt Stadium

HAMILTON - There's no doubting Waikato FC's creche of talent is producing potential stars of the future, but a result evaded them as Hawke's Bay's experience got them home today.
After waiting three rounds for their first victory last season, Hawke's Bay United picked up a win early this year, beating Waikato FC 2-0 at Porritt Stadium.

It took the Magpies 70 minutes to break the deadlock, but once Sean Lovemore nabbed the first goal of the game the visitors assumed control and Lovemore's second secured the victory.
Hawke's Bay, widely predicted as the team who could break into the top four, never looked in command of the game, but took their chances, something Waikato failed to do, with two counter-attacking goals giving them the victory against a Waikato side which again promised plenty but failed to deliver.
Possessing a starting line-up with a starting age of just 22, coach Declan Edge would have been cursing his luck when star player Adam Thomas went down after 18 minutes and was unable to continue.

These troubles were further compounded when Thomas' replacement, David Parkinson, went down eight minutes into his ASB Premiership debut.

This meant a change at the back for Waikato, with Adam Wallis moving from left back to right back and Sam Margetts moving out wide to complement the new 3-5-2 formation.
Losing key attackers Tyler Boyd and Jason Hicks meant Waikato, having scored only 17 goals in 14 games last season, were always going to struggle for goals this year, despite adding young prospect Rory Turner from Waitakere and gaining Sam Margetts back from Hawke's Bay.

Despite this, Waikato, who came into this game having not beaten Hawke's Bay since 2010, made all the early running but as usual lacked the final pass, with several runs going to waste as Hawke's Bay were able to scramble clear.

Waikato custodian Matt Upton was rarely called into action during the first spell, with the home side's defence holding up well.

Just before half-time Turner missed a great chance to open the scoring, getting his feet tangled while attempting to shoot after a great ball in from Ryan Thomas.
Hawke's Bay piled on the pressure in the second half, and after 70 minutes they took the lead when a punt from goalkeeper Richard Gillespie was miscontrolled by the defence, leaving Lovemore to open up his right foot and slot the ball around Upton to open the scoring. 

Five minutes later Lovemore was in action again, but Upton made a fine save to deny the lead from doubling. Unfortunately for Upton, Hawke's Bay were intent on doubling their advantage, and did so in the 81st minute when a smooth counter-attack saw a goalmouth scramble result leave Lovemore with an open goal, where he made no mistake.
Hawke's Bay coach Chris Greatholder would have been escatic to pick up the services of former Waitakere player Lovemore, who was an obvious standout for the victors, troubling the hosts with his pace on numerous occassions.

Lovemore's Onehunga Sports teammate Eder Franchini played well in front of the converted back three. Exciting young talent Ryan Thomas was also good for the hosts, involved in almost every chance created, while Mohammed Awad was lively but lacking the final product.
The schedule doesn't get any easier for Waikato, with the next game up being a trip to Fred Taylor Park to play defending champions Waitakere United on the 11th of November, while Hawke's Bay will look to build on their first up result when they play the resurgent YoungHeart Manawatu.



Team Sheet

Waikato FC


Hawke's Bay United

1 - Matt UPTON

1- Richard GILLESPIE

2- Adam THOMAS (sub off 22)

2 - Aaron JONES

4 - Josh GREENE

4 - Danny WILSON



6 - Sam JASPER

6- Stephen HINDMARCH

7 - Ryan THOMAS


9 - Rory TURNER

10 - Stephen HOYLE


11 - Conor TINNION

16 - Jesse EDGE

12 - Harley RODEKA

18 - Alexis Caroama VARELA

16 - Sean LOVEMORE  

24 - Adam WALLIS

17 - Fergus NEIL



10 - Harry EDGE (sub 76')




17 - Mohammed AWAD (sub 30')


19 - Dave PARKINSON (sub on 22') (sub off 30')

23 - Luke CHAPMAN


26 - Danyon DRAKE (RGK)


=yellow card

=2 yellow cards

= red card

Play by Play


Welcome to Porritt Stadium for this opening round ASB Premiership match between Waikato FC and Hawke's Bay United. Conditions here are superb, and with both teams looking to play attractive football we should be in for a good game today.


The match kicks off, Waikato in early possession.


Early corner to Hawke's Bay, but Aaron Jones is adjudged to have fouled Josh Greene.


After a long spell of possession on the edge of the Hawke's Bay area Ryan Thomas gets bundled off the ball and Hawke's Bay clear.


A superb cross-field ball finds Adam Thomas who contols with aplomb, but his shot is blocked.


Referee John Rowberry letting a few things go on the edge of the Hawke's Bay area as United players knock the smaller Waikato players off the ball.


A shot-cum-cross from Sean Lovemore is easily gathered by Upton.


Adam Thomas receiving treatment but will look to continue.


 Bill Robinson goes into the book for a rash challenge on Turner.


A Hawke's Bay free kick for a Franchini foul comes to nothing


SUBSITITUTE - Adam Thomas can't continue, and will be replaced by Dave Parkinson, making his ASB Premiership debut


Good skills from Ryan Thomas but Rory Turner has his shot blocked twice.


 Dave Parkinson gets clattered by Stephen Hoyle, who gets booked. Parkinson goes off for treatment, may need a second sub for Waikato.


SUBSTITUTE - Parkinson debut ends after just eight minutes, Mohammed Awad on as his replacement.


Waikato have to reshuffle - Margetts moving out to the right-hand side of midfield. Franchini sits in front of the defence.


Lovemore tries to burst past Jasper on the edge of the area but Jasper recovers with a fantastic sliding tackle.


A great ball in from Thomas leaves Turner with a shooting opportunity but he can't get his shot off in time and Hawke's Bay hack it away.


The assistant referee signals for two added minutes


That's halftime as Rowberry points to the changing rooms, Waikato have had the better of possession and chances in the first spell, but haven't yet capitalised.

As the halftime break begins I should point out that the starting age of Waikato FC's side is 22 years old, and with all bench players under 20. Whether experience will make a difference might be seen in the second half. 


Margetts gets released down the right and has a glorious opportunity at the near post but his shot skews off into the near post, no need to move for Gillespie.


Varela plays through Rory Turner but the pass is too heavy and Gillespie beats him to it.


Thomas intercepts a pass and springs forward but his ball out wide lacks pace and is cut out.


Hawke's Bay having more of the play but then lose the ball and concede a free-kick which comes to nothing.


Danny Wilson heads wide from a free-kick.


Thomas beats a defender in the box and pulls it back for Awad but Neil blocks his goalwards strike.


Thomas is again in the thick of things as he flies high to meet a Margetts cross but the header goes over.


Hawke's Bay have a corner after a Lovemore run but it comes to nothing and is cleared away by the Waikato defence.


GOAL - Gillespie's punt is not handled well by the home defence and the ball falls to an unmarked Lovemore to coolly slot home from inside the box.


SUBSTITUTE - Harry Edge on for Varela.


Waikato's Chilean imports have been good today, Franchini in particular stringing some nice passes together in his makeshift position in front of the back three.


Hawke's Bay corner as they counter attack. Peverley swings it in but they give away a free kick.


Franchini almost finds Thomas in the box as Waikato look for an equaliser


Upton makes a great save low down to his right from Lovemore to keep Waikato in the game.


Jesse Edge tries to dribble through the box when Thomas was unmarked out wide. Fine run from Awad to set it up.


 GOAL - Lovemore again. Hawke's Bay counter attacked and while Tinnion's initial shot was blocked, the rebound fell kindly for Lovemore to smash home from close range.


Thomas' curling shot is too close to Gillespie who smothers it easily.


Awad finds Thomas in the box, but Gillespie is out to clear for a corner, which Hawke's Bay deal with easily.


Hawke's Bay happy to pick off any attacking forays yet still look more likely to score as Peverley strikes one sweetly but over from 25 yards.


Hawke's Bay run down the clock in the corner and are nearly secured of the three points.


 Ryan Thomas becomes the first Waikato player in the book for what looked like dissent

90 + 1

Rowberry blows for full-time and Hawke's Bay get thier campaign underway with three points, a just reward for taking their chances, something Waikato could not achieve. It doesn't get any easier for Waikato who travel to Waitakere next week, while Hawke's Bay will look to beat the resurgent Manawatu.