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
by Niall Anderson at Porritt Stadium
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
5 - Eder FRANCHINI
5 - Bill ROBERTSON
6 - Sam JASPER
6- Stephen HINDMARCH
7 - Ryan THOMAS
8 - Cole PEVERLEY
9 - Rory TURNER
10 - Stephen HOYLE
14 - Sam MARGETTS
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')
3 - Josh MARGETTS
13 - Jack HOBSON-MCVEIGH
7 - Matt HASTINGS
17 - Mohammed AWAD (sub 30')
19 - Rudi BAUERFEIND
19 - Dave PARKINSON (sub on 22') (sub off 30')
23 - Luke CHAPMAN
Matt OLIVER (RGK)
26 - Danyon DRAKE (RGK)
=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.