Hawkes Bay delivered a reality check with a devastating 6-1 win
over Southern United in the ASB Premiership football match played
at the FB Stadium on Saturday evening.
The scoreline was bad enough, but Henrique Viana, who had
shrugged off an injury from last week to play, was again injured in
the 24th minute and ended up in Dunedin hospital where a
fracture was confirmed. The Brazilian ended up in plaster and will
not play again for an estimated eight weeks.
Fellow striker Peter Rae lasted longer but was also hurt, and
his 64th minute exit reduced United to 10 men, since the full
complement of substitutes had been used.
It was the second week running that coach Uehara's team had to
play out the last half hour a man short.
But there was no fairytale ending this week as Hawkes Bay
maintained its feisty start while Southern never got out of first
Barely recognisable as the team that beat Waitakere, Southern
looked lethargic and paid the penalty as Hawkes Bay's Sean Morris
crossed for an unmarked Aaron Jones to launch a diving header past
keeper Tom Batty and after 18 minutes the score was 1-nil.
Sloppy marking, especially at corners and free kicks allowed
coach Chris Greatholders side to score regularly in the 30th, 64th,
72nd, 84th and 93rd minutes.
Southern confidence evaporated as the game progressed, and
goalscoring chances that might have stopped the rot were not taken
as the normally reliable Jacob Schneider shot over the crossbar,
and similar efforts by Nick Hindson and Dan Morris went astray.
In contrast, Hawkes Bay played patterned football that created
space, and some elusive running by Nat Hailemariam teased defenders
and the youngsters two goal haul was well deserved.
Southern's consolation goal was a solo effort by Taylor
McCormack who badgered Bay's tough captain Bill Robertson into
error, then held off challenges before sliding his shot past the
advancing keeper Richard Gillespie in the 67th minute.
Bays last goal also drew a ripple of applause from the
disappointingly small crowd, as former Otago player Harley Rodeks
laced in a superb goal from 25 metres.
Coach Greatholder was delighted with his teams controlled
performance, ' After a tough week where we lost three points due to
fielding an ineligible player - this result is good and positive,'
' We have had some good spells this season, but today was our
best two halves, with all players hitting good consistent form that
has put us back in contention for a top four finish.
A philosophic Uehara admitted his side started too slowly, and
never reached last week's heights. ' They are still a young side,
still learning, and today our luck deserted us with injuries, and
having to play for quite a while with only ten men against that
Bays side which was impressive.'
' We are all concerned for Henrique who will be out for a while,
but football is all about doors opening and closing. There are
opportunities to stake claims for a first team place, and we have
players keen to do just that,' he said.
Southern United Squad : 1-Tom BATTY (GK),
2-David HAYMAN, 3-Nicholas HINDSON, 5-Matt JOY, 6-Henry FLOOD,
7-Sam MEPHAM, 10-Taylor McCORMACK, 11-Peter RAE, 12-Jefferson
POTRICH (GK), 13-Logan WRIGHT-WEBB, 14-Henrique ALVES VIANA,
18-Daniel MORRIS, 19-Campbell HIGGINS, 20-Jacob SCHNEIDER,
21-Andrew RIDDEN, 23-Campbell ATTWOOD.
Coach: Luiz UEHARA
Hawkes Bay Squad: 1-Richard GILLESPIE
(GK), 2-Aaron JONES, 4-Ross HAVILAND, 5. Bill ROBERTSON, 6-Tom
BISS, 7-David MULLIGAN, 9-Sean LOVEMORE, 10-Tomas MOSQUERA,
16-Danny WILSON, 17-Fergus NEIL, 18-Harley RODEKA, 19-Sean MORRIS,
22-Harry EDGE, 24-Nathaniel HAILEMARIAM, 26-Matt GOULD (GK).
Coach: Chris GREATHOLDER
Southern United Youth Team squad : Tom Stevens
, Tyrrell Barringer-Tairi, Keegan Taig , Lewis Jackson, James
McGarry, Daniel Morris, Cody Brook, Jesse Smith, Rahan Ali, Nikita
Meglinski, Daniel Gruppelaar, Mitchell Carter, Gabriel
Joshua Dijkstra, Mat Mitchell, Joe Clark.
Coach Mike McGarry, Andrew Brook , ManagerLiz Dijkstra
Text and Image: Rab Smith