Instead it was the Papua New Guineans who were celebrating as they became the first team from outside New Zealand and Australia to claim the OFC Champions League and win through to the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2010.
See below for the play-by-play action from today’s final.
The starting lines-ups are as follows:
Waitakere United: 1. Danny ROBINSON [GK], 2. Jason ROWLEY, 4. Tim MYERS, 7. Martin BULLOCK, 8. Brent FISHER, 9. Benjamin TOTORI, 10. Allan PEARCE, 11. Neil SYKES, 12. Roy KRISHNA, 16. Neil EMBLEN, 17. Jake BUTLER (C)
Coach: Neil EMBLEN [ENG]
Hekari United FC: 20. Gure GABINA [GK], 2. Gideon OMOKIRIO, 4. Cyril MUTA, 9. Tuimasi MANUCA, 12. David MUTA (C), 16. Pita BOLATONGA, 17. Kema JACK, 19. Koriak UPAIGA, , 25. Stanley WAITA, 26. Alick MAEMAE, 28. Henry FA’ARODO
Coach: Jerry ALLEN [SOL]
The two teams have conducted the hand shakes and are in their respective huddles.
The match kicks off.
3′ First corner of the match to Waitakere
3′ GOAL!!! Waitakere United 1 Hekari United 0: Neil Emblen scores with his head off a Martin Bullock corner
4′ Hekari United are caught offside
5′ Martin Bullock (Waitakere United) sees his shot blocked
6′ Roy Krishna (Waitakere United) shoots from inside the box but his shot is deflected out for a corner
7′ Neil Sykes takes the corner for Waitakere. Brent Fisher flicks the ball on at the near post but Hekari manage to clear the ball
8′ Hekari United are caught offside again
8′ Brent Fisher (Waitakere United) puts a ball across for Roy Krishna to lay off for Jake Butler but the captain shoots wide
9′ Benjamin Totori (Waitakere United) see his shot go over the bar
10′ Kema Jack (Hekari United) see his shot go well wide
12′ Alick Maemae (Hekari United) has a shot from just outside the box but Danny Robinson makes a comfortable save
13′ Benjamin Totori (Waitaker United) makes a dangerous run into the box but is eventually tackled
14′ Waitakere United should have scored. Neil Sykes played the ball into Benjamin Totori who beat the keeper and played the ball across to Martin Bullock at the back post, but scrambling defense from Hekari was enough to put off Bullock who put the ball wide
16′ Best chance of the match for Hekari United. Henry Fa’arodo puts the ball in from the right side for Stanley Waita whose header hits the side netting
17′ Corner to Waitakere. Neil Emblen climbs high but heads the ball wide
19′ Alick Maemae (Hekari United) fouls Roy Krishna in a dangerous poistion.
19′ Neil Sykes swings in a great ball from the right side but Hekari head the ball clear
20′ Hekari United have numbers on attack and Tuimasi Manuca goes on a strong run down the right. His ball in finds Henry Fa’arodo whose first time shot goes just wide
22′ Alick Maemae (Hekari United) goes on a weaving run through the middle and sets up Tuimasi Manuca who shoots the ball over the crossbar
25′ Both teams are testing eachother tactically. Waitakere made the first move with Roy Krishna and Allan Pearce switching sides. Hekari have reacted by changing Henry Fa’arodo to the left to mark Krishna while Alick Maemae goes to the right.
27′ Yellow card Cyril Muta is cautioned for a dangerous tackle on Brent Fisher
29′ Alick Maemae (Hekari United) puts a dangerous ball into the box but Henry Fa’arodo loses his footing and the danger is gone for Waitakere
30′ Stanley Waita spins on the edge of the box and draws a great save from Danny Robinson. First corner of the game for Hekari United.
31′ Alick Maemae takes the corner for Hekari but Waitakere clear the ball
32′ PENALTY!!! Alick Maemae beats Danny Robinson to the ball after a poor header by Waitareke to the goalkeeper. The two collide and the referee points to the spot
32′ Yellow card Danny Robinson is cautioned for the late challenge on Alick Maemae
35′ GOAL!!! Waitakere United 1 Hekari United 1: Kema Jack scores from the penalty spot and the scores are level
36′ Yellow card Martin Bullock (Waitakere United) is shown a yellow
41′ Corner to Waitakere. Neil Sykes takes but the referee calls a foul against Waitakere
42′ Corner to Waitakere. Neil Sykes takes a short one and Benjamin Totori is then fouled on the edge of the box
43′ Yellow card Tuimasi Manuca (Hekari United) is cautioned
45′ Waitakere United take the freekick, Martin Bullock swinging in a dangerous ball, but Hekari manage to clear the ball.
45′ +1 Brent Fisher (Waitakere United) breaks through the Hekari defense and puts a ball in from the right but the ball is cleared.
The referee brings the first half to an end. Waitakere United 1 Hekari United 1
The second half kicks off
46′ Benjamin Totori (Waitakere United) makes a great run into the box and his shot from inside the box is well saved
48′ Hekari United hit the post with a free-kick from just outside the box
49′ Allan Pearce (Waitakere United) goes close down the other end, his shot from inside the box going just over the bar
50′ Waitakere earn another corner. Neil Sykes puts it in and Waitakere claim for a hand ball but the referee dismisses their appeals.
51′ Two consecutive corners for Waitakere. Neil Emblen goes close with a header on the second but it’s out for a goalkick
52′ Kema Jack (Hekari United) has a snap shot from the edge of the area and draws a great save from Danny Robinson. Corner to Hekari.
53′ Two quick corners for Hekari but Waitakere manage to clear the ball
54′ Corner for Waitakere. The ball comes out to Benjamin Totori. His shot rebounds to Allan Pearce whose shot hits the left upright.
55′ Neil Emblen (Waitakere United) hits the bar with his header
57′ Another corner for Waitakere United. Jake Butler’s shot is cleared off the line.
58′ Subtitution Roy Krishna (Waitakere United) is replaced by Ryan De Vries
63′ Substitution Neil Sykes is replaced byJack Pelter. Waitakere make a tactical adjustment moving Neil Emblen to the attack
65′ Benjamin Totori sees his shot saved
66′ Kema Jack (Hekari United) has a left foot shot from inside the box saved by Danny Robinson
67′ Yellow card Allan Pearce is shown a yellow card after the referee judged he dived inside the box
68′ Yellow card A Hekari United player is cautioned
71′ Substitution Benjamin Totori is replaced by Dakota Lucas
72′ Nice play by Martin Bullock sets up Brent Fisher whose shot from the edge of the box goes just wide
76′ Alick Maemae (Hekari United) shows his class with a solo run into the box but his low shot goes just wide
78′ Corner to Hekari United. Kema Jack gets a head to it first and the ball bounces up onto the bar and out for a goal kick
79′ Another chance for Hekari United. Tuimasi Manuca finds Fa’arodo’s cross but Danny Robinson makes a good save from close range
81′ Substitution Tuimasi Manuca (Hekari United) is replaced by Joachim Waroi
82′ Corner to Waitakere. Jack Pelter has a free header but the ball sails over the bar
84′ Penalty!!! Dakota Lucas (Waitakere United) is brought down inside the box and the referee points to the spot
84′ GOAL!!! Waitakere United 2 Hekari United 1: Brent Fisher converts the penalty
92′ Neil Emblen sees his shot go wide
The referee blows the final whistle
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