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Canterbury United


ASB Premiership - Round 2
Westpac Trust Stadium, Wellington
Sunday 11 November, 2012




Julyan Collett (13)



Halftime:    0-1                   Referee:     Mark Hester                           Crowd: 402


Collett strike gives Dragons victory

by Cameron Russell at Wellington Stadium, Wellington

WELLINGTON - Canterbury United came away with all three points after a great individual Julyan Collett effort was enough for the visitors to leave Wellington Stadium with a 1-0 win.

In a game that lacked clear out and out chances, Julyan Collett's 13th minute goal - after a mazy run into the box beat two players - was enough to give Canterbury their first points of the season.

“It’s always pleasing to come to Wellington and come away with the points,” said Canterbury coach Keith Braithwaite.

“It was a tough game in difficult conditions with the swirling wind and not a lot of football was played, but were pleased to come away with the three points.”

The visitors made the better start, and controlled the majority of the first half with Wellington left relying on chances on the counter attack.

The home side were perhaps lucky to avoid a penalty claim a few minutes after the goal when goalkeeper Scott Basalaj knocked over Russell Kamo in a shoulder to shoulder challenge chasing a loose ball.

Wellington’s Hamish Watson was only denied a one-on-one chance after Canterbury player Tom Schwarz made a great recovering slide tackle on the striker before the half.

Josh Smith and Aaron Clapham controlled the middle of the park for Canterbury and it was the former who almost created a chance from nothing.

After dispossessing Adam McGeorge in his own half, Clapham carried the ball into the Wellington penalty area but his pass intended for Kamo was touched away for a corner by recovering Danish defender Andreas Damgaard.

The home side continued to pile on pressure but couldn’t find a way to break through Canterbury’s back four.

Wellington coach Matt Calcott was disappointed by the result, but encouraged by his side’s second half showing.

“I’m a bit disappointed that we didn’t get anything from the second half,” says Calcott.

“At half-time I just said I’m not quite sure what we’re afraid of and it was much better”.

The Capital side have not scored in their two games this season and Calcott would like to see more aggressiveness from his team.

“I think we just need to be a bit more ruthless in front of goal, we just need to get stuck in and win things”

Although Wellington have talent to draw from with Phoenix ‘A’ players at their grasp, they’ve had limited time training together.

Matt Calcott said: “We had them all in on the Saturday [regarding the whole squad] out of the week, but that will change and were not going to start using that as an excuse”

In a second half that was much more open, Braithwaite said he was nervous his side couldn’t put the game out of reach late.

“We were looking for a second one obviously, but Wellington were making life difficult for us, they had chances at their end and we had chances at ours,”

“When it comes to the last couple of minutes I was worried about them grabbing a last minute equaliser and letting it slip, but the boys in the end defended well and to come away from home 1-0 is very good.”

Braithwaite was unsure how his team would shape up in their tough first two fixtures away to Auckland and Wellington, but believes the win will give his side a confidence boost.

“It was vital that we came here today and got something out of the game, we would have been more than happy with a point but to get three is a very good result and something we can build our season on.”

Henry Fa'arodo - who was expected to be available for Team Wellington for today's match - was left out after a delay on his visa.

The win leaves Canterbury in fifth place on goal difference behind YoungHeart Manawatu who lost 4-2 at Hawke's Bay United.

Next Sunday Canterbury United host Otago United in the South Island derby match at ASB Football Park, while Team Wellington goes in search of its first points of the season when they travel to Porritt Stadium to face Waikato FC.



Team Sheet

Team Wellington


Canterbury United

1. Scott Basalaj

22. Adam Highfield

5. Andreas Damgaard

2. Dan Terris

7. Wiremu Patrick (off 64)

3. Vladimir Bayrev

8. Adam McGeorge

5. Tom Schwarz

9. Cory Chettleburgh

7. Darren White

13. Karl Whalen

8. Aaron Clapham

16. Jimmy Haidakis (off 64)

9. Russell Kamo (off 90)

19. Tobias Bertsch

10. Dimitar Bayrev (off 82)

20. Luke Rowe

14. Josh Smith

22. Hamish Watson

15. Julyan Collett

24. Alec Solomons

11. Michael Fifii (off 66)



25. Will Jones

4. Nick Wortelboer (on 82)

3. Jamie Duncan

16. Ashley Welbourn (on 66)

14. Dominic Rowe (on 64)

20. Ken Yamamoto

18. Tom Doyle

23. Aaron Spain (on 90)

23. Tom Biss (on 64)


=yellow card

=2 yellow cards

= red card

Play by Play

Well, she's cleared up after a pretty bleak morning.  Overcast, northerly but not as horrific as the forecast suggested.  The crowd is dripping in after a half past gate open.

Sky TV all set to cover this (and frankly the coverage will be better than mine).  All the pre-game talk is about just what colour boots Jimmy Haidakis will be wearing.

Players and fans outnumbered by staff at Westpac Stadium at this stage.

Haidakis in the Bably Blue Boots, and we're off.

1 Min

First 50 seconds all Team Wellington

2 Min

Julyan Collett on the recieving end of the first foul as Adam McGeorge makes his presence felt.  No card just a word from the referee Mark Hester..

5 Min

Good take from Basalaj in traffic from a deep cross.  At the other end, Adam Highfield looks more like Ross Nicholson every year.

9 Min

Canterbury nice play through the middle, helped by some indecisive defending from team Wellington.  Neither side have created a real clear-cut chance in the first ten.

10 Min

Corner to Canterbury but it goes out before curving back in.

13 Min

Julyan Collett runs through the left side of the Team Wellington defence with ease beating two players in the area, then calmly turns and passes it into the net wide of Scott Basalaj. 1-0 Canterbury.

15 Min

Darren White with the next chance, just inside the area but shoots just wide of the far post.

17 Min

Team Wellington perhaps lucky to avoid a spot kick there.  Solomons mis-kick puts Basalaj under pressure and then shoulder to shoulder with Kamo who end up sprawled on the ground.  That could have gone badly for the home side who are seond best currently here.

19 Min

Free kick to Wellington 35 yards out as Bertsch is bundled over by Josh Smith.  Rowe's free kick to the far post is covered by the Canterbury big men and a goal kick results.

20 Min

Dan Terris fouls Jimmy Haidakis a similar distance out on the other side after a somewhat lazy giveaway from Clapham.  The ball comes in from Haidakis and under pressure from Bertsch the Schwarz puts it just over his own net.  The resulting corner amounts to nothing for the home side.

23 Min

Team Wellington pressuring a bit more now.  A through ball puts Watson in but a great tackle from Tom Schwarz pulls play back.

25 Min

Canterbury corner.  team Wellington not enjoying these as they keep sailing through the area.  Team Wellington just missing the pace to convert something.

26 Min

Watson fouls Collett but reatins possession, heads into the area but two Canterbury defenders crowd him and he can't squeeze the ball to Bertsch.

27 Min

Fifii uses Collett as a dummy runner and beats Chettleburgh but shoots wide of Basalaj's goal.

30 Min

Game opening up, plenty of end to end play.  Not alot of quality in the last 18 yards from either side

34 Min

Free kick Canterbury Solomons somewhat clumsily brings down one of the Bulgarian brothers.  Clapham with the free but the drifting ball is wide of Basalaj's left post.

37 Min

Both sides swiging the ball end to end.  A few clumsy fouls both ways.  Frirst Solomon's is bought down by Fifii after he's beaten kamo, the Haikdakis collides with Clapham

39 Min

Kam tries a trhough ball for Fifii just outside the area but Fifii has run too early and is caught offside.

43 Min

Haidakis and Chettleburgh have swapped sides but still no real penetration.  Canterbury have probably shaded the half.  Just a little more quality in midfield than Team Wellington.

44 Min

Rowe Freekick from 30+ out but easily punched away by Highfield.

45 Min

Wow.  Warm up shots of Paul ifill and Alex Smith on the sidelines.  Ifiill looking like he is straight out of a seventies US cop show and Smith a uniformed officer out of a 70s UK one.

45 Min

...and that is the half.  Canterbury leading and as I said probably deserving based on the balance of play.

The Sides heading out for the second half.  The cloud looks like it might have lifted and it is brightening up.  Amusingly the ground announcers are playing 'is there anybody out there'.  Must be the Wellington Lions playlist.

47 Min

Clapham falls over his own feet and a team Wellington player falls on top leaving Clapham grabbing him back but he's up and okay.

48 Min

.  Tobias Bertsch has hammered Russell Kamo there.  Well worth the Yellow.

49 Min

Rowe fouls White on the corner of the area.  Vladimir Bayrev takes the kick but it's easily handled by Basalaj.

50 Min

Great run from Chettleburgh and under pressure he gets a great shot on that has Highfield diving backwards to put it wide.

The resulting looping corner from Rowe is easily cleared by the Canterbury defence.

51 Min

Good period of pressure from team Wellington.  Watson makes space for a shot but it is deflected into the face of one of the Canterbury defenders and Highfield collects.

Bertsch with a delightful through ball but Haidakis can't quite get to it.

54 Min

Chettleburgh goes to ground theatrically but the referee isn't impressed.  Unfortunately as Canterbury get the ball out of the area it falls to right where Chettleburgh would have been if he was on his feet.

55 Min

Haidakis Gets ball wide right, plays it into the box for a good run from Bertsch but it's about a metre too far and Highfield goes to ground and collects.

56 Min

Canterbury under a lot of presure here.  This time the a clearnace from the Canterbury defence hits Hamish Watson.  Haidakis pounces but under pressure one on one shoots well over.

57 Min

Huge up and under and Bsalaj comes for it, Fifii puts pressure on him and it's spilt the Fifii pulls Basalaj back but under pressure it is scrambled clear.

61 Min

Rowe breaks but well handled by the defnder resulting in a corner.

62 Min

Corner is easily cleared but sent back in and Damgaard jumps highest but can't quite head it back in.

64 Min

SUB: Team Wellington - Jimmy Hadakis off for Dom Rowe and The Silver Fox (Wiremu Patrick) for Tom Biss

65 Min

Smith from canterbury tries a long shot but it deflects out for a corner.

65 Min

Dimitar Bayrev with the corner and it's dangerous.  Team Wellington have to put it out for another corner on the other side. WHite with the corne, Basalaj gets to it and punches well.  Team Wellington with a chance to break but it's out.

66 Min

SUB:Michael Fifii off, Ashley Wellbourne on.

68 min

Darren White with a corner but for the second time puts it out before it lands in the area.

69 Min

McGeorge foul 30 yards out.  Resulting free kick is deflected out.  From the throw Kamo heads over the bar for Canterbury.

70 Min

Canterbury Free kick taken 10 metres from where it was given and Canterbury try to break wide but the ball in to the area is behind Kamo and easily handled by Team Wellington.

71 Min

Luke Rowe throw is knocked across the area.  Dom Rowe takes an overhead kick but sends it back wide.

72 Min

Biss is fouled by Shwarz wide right on the Canterbury goal area.  Resulting free kick from Rowe is high and just wide so no one can get on it.

74 Min

Good tackle from Clapham on McGeorge and he breaks into the area suares it across for Kamo but a last ditch tackle from Damgaard clears it for a corner.  The resulting corner is well held by Basalaj.

75 Min

Watson and Rowe link up but before Watson can cut it back he is crowded out by Canterbury defenders.

77 Min

Free kick to Team Wellington well out, ball in, Damgaard gets a head to it, Highfield punches only as far as Bertsch who tries the overhead kick but it's over.

80 Min

Canterbury on the charge but the long shot from Collett is easily gathered by Basalaj.

82 Min

SUB Canterbury: Dimitar Bayrev off for Nick Wortelboer

84 Min

Watson pressure wins the ball wide left but Dom Rowe's first touch send his too wide and Canterbury clear it for a throw.  The throw is sent back by Damgaard and Luke Rowe comes wide then cuts in to Bertsch who's shot is blocked.  Then Whalen gets out wide and crosses but it's too close to Highfield who takes it easily.

87 Min

Sustained pressure from the home side but hard to see where a goal will come from.

88 Min

Welbourne in a race with Damgaard but just as he clearly shoes he is wuicker Damgaard get's the ball to Basalaj who miscontrols it but scrambles  it clear.

88 Min

Chettleburgh in the book for a tackle on Kamo.

89 Min

Resulting free kick is poor.

90 Min





Huge switch to Biss who cuts in and gets a lucky deflection to beat his man.  Then cuts it back and it falls to Chettleburgh who powerful shot is well wide.

Four minutes of extra time.  SUB : Canterbury - Russell Kamo off, Aaron Spain on.

Spain with a great touch, knocks it across to Welbourne in space but he shoots it well over.

...and that's all folks.  Canterbury with the win 1-0.