From the Dugout - ISPS Handa Men's Premiership Matchweek 9

Team Wellington's Andrew Bevin celebrates a goal with Kailan Gould during the WelClassico. Copyright photo: Masanori Udagawa /

Saturday 23 January

Waitakere United 3 (Dane Schnell 77’; Gerard Garriga Gibert 79’; Alexander Grieve 87’)

Canterbury United 3 (Cory Mitchell 17’; Lyle Matthysen 38’; Garbhan Coughlan 90’)

Paul Hobson, Waitakere United head coach

“I thought we were dead and buried! But we kept fighting with 10 men for 50, 60 minutes and was a bit disappointed in the end, but also a bit lucky to get a point, but also a little bit disappointed not to get the three in the end.”


Sunday 24 January

Eastern Suburbs 1 (Adam Mitchell OG 90’)

Auckland City FC 1 (Dylan Manickum 78’)


Hamilton Wanderers 1 (Joseph Harris 35’)

Hawke’s Bay United 4 (Jorge Akers 15’, 60’; Ahmed Othman 31’; James Hoyle 75’)


Team Wellington 5 (Samuel Mason-Smith 23’, 47’; Andrew Bevin 79’, 87’; Finn Surman OG 90+3’)  

Wellington Phoenix Reserves 2 (Benjamin Old 7’; Oskar van Hattum 14’)

Scott Hales, Team Wellington head coach

“They [Wellington Phoenix] are a good, bright young team. They obviously had a game plan, changed shape. They went 4-3-3 and attacked our wide areas outside our centrebacks and moved the ball really quickly to get two really quick goals.

“It took us a little bit of time to get into the game, but once we settled ourselves down then, without being arrogant, I thought there was only one team in it. Especially the second half, we were tremendous in the second half. And I thought in the first half, despite being 2-1 down, I thought we should have been ahead. In the first half it was just a quality final, pass or shot at the end that we lacked. But it came together in the second half and the boys steamrolled them.”



Article added: Monday 25 January 2021


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