Welcome to Stade Paea in Papeete for this penultimate Group A match between hosts AS Manu Ura and Auckland City.
News from the Auckland City camp is that James Pritchett was set to start but was injured in the warm up and will be replaced by Sam Campbell.
A crowd of around 500 has gathered to enjoy this one in pleasant conditions with a cool breeze. The pitch is in top condition and we’re all set for another exciting O-Leage encounter.
1′- The game is underway with both sides closing the ball down quickly in midfield
7′ – Grant Young hits the cross bar for Auckland City with a stinging effort
9′ – Keryn Jordan breask free but tries to pass the ball across the goal and the ball nearly trickles in to the far corner. Goal kick.
13′- Not much in it at this point. Auckland has dominated the early posession but have failed to capitalise on any chances.
18′ – AS Manu Ura have been hitting a lot of long balls and look dangerous around the box. It seems like their gameplan is to win flick ons and hope something drops for them.
22′ – John Nionsaba is through on goal for Auckland and is all alone but the linesman calls him back for offside. A very close call.
25′– Joel Matthews has nice interchange and hits a sweet left footed shot but it’s straight at the the AS Manu Ura goalkeeper.
28′ – AS Manu Ura continue to play long from the back and are competing well in the air.
29′ – Auckland have dominated the opening 30 minutes of this match but can’t seem to break this Manu Ura defence. Manu Ura will be happy with the clean sheet.
39′ – Keryn Jordan catches a glimpse of goal for Auckland but fires his shot straight at the keeper from the edge of the area.
41′ – Manu Ura have yet to establish a shot on goal but have been very inivative in their attack. They look dangerous coming forward but are lacking that final ball.
45′ – Halftime – There were two yellow cards handed out late in the first half for AS Manu Ura, both for fouls on Ki-Hyung Lee who is taking a lot of heat in the middle of the park. Yellow cards were to Tamatoa Tauihara and Auguste Washetine.
Neither coach will be overly happy with the first half performance. Colin Tuaa will be desperate for his side to penetrate the AS Manu Ura defence more in the second half while Teivitau Pito will be pleased with his sides cleansheet but dissapointed they havent manged to create more in the attacking third. Manu Ura goalkeeper Daniel Tapeta has been outstanding in the first half and will take some beating tonight.
47′- Billy Mataitai latches on to a long ball and bursts through the middle of the Auckland defence on a breakaway and puts his shot just to the right of Tamati Williams post. Good chance.
50′- Yellow card for AS Manu Ura – Philippe Morretta picks up a yellow for kicking the ball away
53′- Joel Matthews misses a great chance for Auckland as he misses an open goal when the ball bobbles over his foot and he hits it wide
55′ – Auckland have a series of 4 corners but can’t get any meaningful shots on goal from them.
58′ – Tamati Williams makes another save to deny Mataitai for Manu Ura when he tips his shot around the corner. Corner Manu Ura.
64′- Yellow Card AS Manu Ura – Henri Tapea.
74′- Substitution – Paul Urlovic replaces Grant Young for Auckland City.
75′- Urlovic shoots wide with his first touch.
77′ – Substitution AS Manu Ura – Adrien Tapo on for Tamatoa Tauihara
80′ – Substitution Auckland City – Alex Feneredis replaces Joel Matthews
82′ – GOAL 1-0 AUCKLAND CITY – George Suri nods home a Ki-Hyung Lee cross to put the visitors ahead
84′ – Both sides looking little tired now and a lot of players have been losing their footing as the pitch has become slippery.
86′ – RED CARD AS Manu Ura – Auguste Washetine recieves his second yellow and is givin his marching orders
87′ – Substitution Auckland city – Crig Wylie replaces Keryn Jordan
88′ – Billy Mataitai fires over from just outside the box for AS Manu Ura
90′ – FULL TIME: AS Manu Ura 0 Auckland City 1
AS MANU URA (TAH) vs. AUCKLAND CITY (NZL)
Kick Off: 20H00 local time (1900 NZT)
URA: 2. Rex FAURA; 4. Jean-Yves LY WAUT; 5. Philippe MORETTA; 6. Tamatoa TAUIHARA; 7. Henri TAPEA; 10. Auguste WASHETINE; 11. Hiashi KAKE; 12. Hiroana POROIAE; 16. Daniel TAPETA; 20. Billy MATAITAI; 22. Temarama TAUIHARA;
SUBS: 1. Jonathan TOROHIA; 14. Stephane TUAIRAU; 17. Adrien TAERO; 18. Dave PENI; 13. Taia HONG; 9. Nohoarii ROBSON;
Coach: Teivitau PITO (TAH)
AKL: 2. Joel MATTHEWS; ; 5. Ben SIGMUND; 6. Ki-Hyung LEE; ; 8. Chad COOMBES; 10. Grant YOUNG; 12. Tamati WILLIAMS; 14. Keryn JORDAN; 16. George SURI; 20. Greg UHLMANN 24. Sam CAMPBELL; 27. John NION SABA;
SUBS: 3. Craig WYLIE; 9. Paul URLOVIC; 13. Alex FENERIDIS;7. James PRITCHETT; 15. Jeff CAMPBELL; 30. Mark FULCHER (RGK)
Coach: Colin Tuaa (NZL
Referee: Craig Zetter (AUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Teariki GOODWIN (COK)
Assistant Referee 2: Michael MOUAURI (COK)
Fourth Official: Norbert HAUATA (TAH)