DUNEDIN - A valiant Southern United team went down 0-3 to a
Waitakere United team whose new signings showed their class at the
Forsyth Barr Stadium this afternoon.
Coming into this game as defending champions, Waitakere United
were determined to prove that even without a few star players, they
will be a force to be reckoned with in this league.
And they did just that, beating the transformed Southern United
3-0 on the back of some standout performances from some new
signings and a dominant second half performance.
Jordan Lowdon in particular tormented the Southern United
defenders down the left flank, delivering cross after cross into
the Southern penalty area and showed plenty to suggest that he will
be a force at this level.
Indeed it was Lowdon that contributed to a key moment in the match
just before halftime.
After a very even first half, he beat Otago right fullback Logan
Wrightwebb then delivered a fine cross which found the unmarked
head of Australian Richard Cardozo who found the top left corner of
Indeed Southern debutant Wright-Webb will no doubt be seeing the
Scotsman in his nightmares as he received very little respite
throughout the 90 minutes.
In the centre of the park however, Southern United were the equal
of the visitors in the first half and the central midfield trio of
Patrick Ebanda, Nick Hindson and Peter Rae contained Waitakere
Two attacking changes made at halftime by Southern coach Luiz
Uehara in bringing on Regan Coldicott and Henrique Viana opened the
game up albeit without the penetration they would have hoped
While the first half showed signs of parity, the second half was
all Waitakere due to their much superior fitness and skill
It was only a sensational display of goalkeeping from Tom Batty,
on Southern United debut, that kept the score as close as it
However he was helpless to stop aerial through-balls in the 62nd
and 73rd minutes delivered over the Southern centre-backs that
found Dan Morgan and Richard Cardozo respectively, who both
skilfully slotted the ball past the former Canterbury keeper to
ensure the 3 points would be heading north.
Southern United did have sporadic chances in the second half, but
they never brought the best out of Waitakere stopper Danny Robinson
who would have enjoyed one of his simplest games at this
While disappointed with the result, Southern United coach Luiz
Uehara was delighted with his side's performance. "I am very proud
of what we achieved today, I thought it was a good performance,
trying to play a good form of football and we've learnt a lot and
Without wanting to single out any players, he felt Geordie
Mansford and Nick Hindson showed class and expects them to impress
even more in future weeks.
Southern United face a tricky trip to Napier next week, one that
Uehara is facing with confidence.
"It will be tough again, but I expect us to step up another level
and we will knock teams over this season"
Waitakere co-coach Paul Temple was understandably delighted.
"We had some really good performances, played well and dominated
the game and showed some good control so really happy first game
While he was happy across the board, Temple singled out two
players for particular praise.
"We knew Jordan [Lowdon] was a quality player, he's performed
really well here today and there'll be more to come from him
"I was really pleased with Go [Sansern Limwatthana], he's only 16,
on ASB Premiership debut, filling in for Jake [Butler] and he
played so well in the middle of the park and opened the game up
well for us."
Waitakere host Team Wellington next Sunday at Fred Taylor
Written by: Mark Currie