It was an ordeal by fire for Southern United as a well organised
Canterbury side romped to a 5-1 win in the pre-season warm up match
played in Timaru on Saturday.
None more so than for German defender Jacob Schneider who conceded
an Own Goal almost from the kick-off, then was clattered in a
tackle which cut his eyelid, and swathed in bandages the former
Carl Zeiss Jenna became a spectator.
Without five players trapped in Dunedin doing University exams,
coach Luiz Uehara's team was in disarray, and conceded another goal
when a mistake set up Russell Kamo for goal number two after
However, Southern held on with some more organised controlled
passing moves and with Matt Joy, Campbell Higgins and Cam Attwood
competing well, it remained 2-nil at the break.
But determined to bounce back after itself losing to Auckland 5-1,
it was coach Keith Braithwaite's side that created chances and went
on to score from a superb free-kick by Morrison, then further goals
by Fed Marques, and Cory Mitchell.
Otago's goal came from a penalty awarded by referee Hamish Phillip
late in the match. Dan Morris showed no nerves and drilled the ball
Canterbury coach Keith Braithwaite praise his seasoned
midfielders. NZ International Aaron Clapham, near veteran Rangers
professional Stu Kelly, and former Everton player were just too
Braithwaite also has had a quality infusion of exotic talent in
Pablo Mayo, Fed Marques and enough pre-season game time to weld
together into a reasonable unit.
Southern coach Uehara expected better, but he and assistant Darren
Hart admitted that the opposition was quicker in body and mind than
the local opposition they had been training against at Tahuna
Uehara said,' To start five men short, then concede an almost
instant OG, and then lose Jacob ( Schneider ) made it an uphill
struggle against a well organised Canterbury side.'
' There were still some good performances, and I am sure that with
the spirit shown, we can build and become more effective, as we
will have to be, in our first National League match next week
against champions Waitakere.'