Petone vs Stop Out. Memorial Park
Today we were playing Petone on their great new artificial turf. Whilst you can't beat a nice grass surface, lets be honest, they are few and far between in Wellington!
Petone had come off a good result last week, unlucky to draw with Island Bay, so we knew we would have to be at our very best to get the 3 points we wanted.
The game began evenly with neither side able to get on top early, both sides tactics were obvious from the start. We tried to play through the midfield, and release our wide players to create chances, while Petone were crowding the midfield, pressuring us to give the ball away and catch us on the break. We did a reasonable job of keeping possession, but were struggling to break them down, with a strong northerly blowing into our faces we were pinned in our own half. A turnover from us allowed the Petone right winger to get up the line, Fizz had tracked him down but his deflected pass into the box somehow found the strikers feet who hit a shot beyond Jack to make it 1-0. From here we started to get our game going, Silao and Ed were getting in behind and causing problems, we just couldn't get that clear cut chance we needed. The game continued like this right up until just before half time. We conceded a corner which we cleared to Packer who played Eddie in down the right, Ed blitzed his marker and whipped in a pin point cross to Joe at the back post who buried his header. Counter attacking at its best. 1-1 at half time, and we were confident knowing we had the wind at our backs for the remainder of the game.
We came out second half fired up and straight from kick off we attacked, Packer ran at the midfield and played a ball to Joe who made his way into the box to win a penalty after an over aggressive challenge from the centre back. Steve put the penalty away to put us 2-1 up. We continued to press Petone and put their back four under all sorts of pressure, they could not get out of their own half with the wind playing havoc! Despite the pressure, they continued to defend well, and some good goalkeeping kept the score at 2-1. Ed was making defenders look silly on the right, but we could not seem to get the crucial 3rd goal we needed. Petone were continuing to counter attack, and came into the game as the half wore on. From one of these attacks they won a corner. A great ball was played in and a Jacko punch fell to their player who hit it first time, Brandon cleared the ball off the line only to be pulled up for a handball. A straight red card and a penalty, very harsh for what seemed a fair block. The penalty was scored and the game finished at 2-2. Credit to Petone who played a great game, though we couldn't help feeling like this draw was a loss.
MOM Eddie Burnett
Stop Out vs Wellington United. Hutt Park Today was old timers day at Stop Out. Old timers day is a special day for the club, where club legends and ex players spend the day at the club supporting our teams. One of theseclub legends, Chatham cup winner Jim Blair, came in and gave us a pre match talk. A short history of the club and some motivational words.Wellington United are a side we had a costly loss to last year in one of our worst performances, with that in mind and with Jims speech, the lads were well and truly up forthis game!
The game started with us on the front foot. Our wide men, Eddie and particularly Silao were getting in behind causing problems with their pace. Wellington United had watchedus the week before, and their tactics were to play an offside trap which we struggled toadjust to. It didnt take long for our pressure to pay off, with Silao getting the ball out wideand cutting inside two players to send a deflected shot off his right foot to put us 1-0 up.Within the space of five minutes it was 2-0.
Cherbel and Joe exchanged passes onhalfway putting Cherbel in behind the back four. Cherbel took the ball towards the keeper and showed great composure to square the ball back to Joe who finished to put us 2 up. From here Wellington United started to come into the game, getting in behind us and looking dangerous from a couple of sloppy passes from us. We held out to go into halftime 2-0 up.
We came out second half knowing that if we scored next we would kill the game off. Wewere playing some great football, creating chance after chance without being able to put the ball away. A combination of some great scrambling defence, and some bad luck meaning a frustrating period for us. We finally made it 3-0 when JT played a ball over the top for Steve who went past the keeper and slotted home. From here we put the foot down. Yatesy was on and causing havoc up top, and after he ran onto a through ball and cut inside two defenders he put a great finish into the top corner. At 4-0 the next goal was the goal of the game. The ball fell to the Wellington united striker just inside our half, who sent a volley into the top corner of our net! Great finish. We made it 5-1 when Yatesy poached another from a goalmouth scramble, which was eventually given as an own goal. A 5-1 win and a good performance from the lads.
MOM Cherbel Khouchaba
Marist vs Stop Out. Kilbirnie Park
We went to Marist knowing that points are very hard to come by at Kilbirnie park. Last year we escaped with a 1-1 draw, and this was our best result in years on a park that everyone struggles with. With this in mind we had a great week training in preparation for the game.
We went out fired up and from the first whistle we really put the heat on Marist. Despite the difficult conditions we were really getting our passing game going, and once again Silao and Eddie were causing problems in wide areas. After so much sustained pressure, something had to give and it eventually did. Funnily enough it came from a mis-hit through ball that somehow snuck through the Marist back four. The ball fell at Joes feet who took a few touches towards goal to set himself up, and put us in the lead with a classy finish into the bottom corner. At 1-0 up we knew we had taken the crucial first step towards 3 points.
The rest of the first half was a niggly affair, with Marist seemingly taking the physical approach to put us off our game, we dealt with this well and went into halftime in the lead.
The second half followed a similar pattern to the first, we were dominating, Marist were frustrated. They had a good period just after halftime where they managed to get behind us but our back four and Jacko dealt with this well. Once we managed to get back on top we really took the game to Marist and before long it was 2-0. After some great play through the midfield Packer released Eddie down the right who cut the ball back to Packer, who then squared it to Steve to finish. A great team goal. Virtually from kick off Eddie got himself on the ball out wide again, before he cut inside four players and bury a low finish to make it 3-0, a great individual goal. From here we saw the game out, we could have had a couple more but the game ended in a very satisfying 3-0 win.
MOM Joe Gaughan
Stop Out vs Karori. Hutt Park
We welcomed Karori to Hutt park for what was always going to be a big game, and after such a disappointing result last week, the lads were even more motivated. Karori always bring a big physical side that are really tough to break down, and with their unbeaten start to the season we knew today would be no different.
The game started at a frantic pace, with both sides tactics made clear from the start. We were doing our best to get the ball down and play, while Karori, with the strong wind at their backs were playing very direct and trying to get behind our back four.
As the game began to settle we conceded a free kick about 30 yards out from goal. David Batty stepped up and smashed the ball cleanly into the top corner of our net, a combination of a great strike, and the strong wind resulted in a wonder goal. 1-0 down undeservedly, but this is football. Not long after this, Steve Toms went into a challenge whole heartedly as he does, and unfortunately buckled his knee and had to be helped off the field. This combination of events had me thinking, "is it going to be one of those days?"
After a reshuffle with Rob dropping into centre back, we really started to dominate the game, Silao and Eddie out wide were causing all sorts of problems. After some great work from Joe, Silao used his electric pace to get in behind the back for only to poke the ball just wide of the goal. Chances were coming. The pressure started turning into corners, and from a short corner the ball went to Rob on the edge of the box who played Joe in to turn his man and somehow turn a tackle into a goal, great strikers instinct! 1-1 and we were right on top. Two minutes later, we played another short corner to Rob on the edge of the box, who played a superb ball to the back post where Packer headed the ball back across for Cherbel to finish. Two goals in two minutes just before half time to go in 2-1 up.
Second half we came out with the wind at our backs knowing that Karori would not be able to use the same direct style, impossible into the wind! The game was reasonably even for the first 15 minutes of the second half before we started to get on top and create some chances. Silao got into a great position out wide and fired in a fantastic cross that sailed over the keepers head and into the back of the net. At 3-1 up, we had to weather a sustained spell of pressure. Karori eventually managed to pinch a goal after a great cross into the box. We put the game to bed after a great run down the left from 'Fullback Fizz', followed by a pin point cross to the back post where Jake was on hand to head home.
A 4-2 win, and after a couple of early setbacks, the boys showed great character to comeback and take the points.
MOM Rob Sansom.
Wainui vs Stop Out. Richard Prouse
Today we played Wainui away. Playing at Richard Prouse is always a tough fixture, and one where we stumbled last year. A combination of Wainui growing an extra arm and a leg, a difficult surface and some rowdy support, makes this a very tough game to win.
We started off playing well and getting into some dangerous areas, without creating too many clear cut opportunities. Wainui had started the game defending well getting players behind the ball, and were working their way into the game. We dominated possession but were constantly frustrated by Wainui's strong defending. After some good play from Wainui they got the ball down our end down the left, where their midfielder whipped in a fantastic cross for the right winger to rise and bury a great header giving Jack no chance. Fair play for a great goal. We continued to push until halftime but were still struggling to carve out any clear cut chances.
Second half we came out determined to overturn the score. With the wind at our backs Wainui repelled wave after wave attack, getting everyone behind the ball, then hoofing it forward when they won it. We were starting to get in behind them but just couldn't put one away. Joe headed just over the bar then had a good effort saved. Then somehow, after a free kick gone wrong, Wainui got the ball in our half behind the back four for their striker to lob our keeper! It just wasn't our day, which was confirmed when Steves shot came back out off the bar, straight to their defender! A disappointing 2-0 loss, and a tough learning curve for the lads. There are plenty of tough places to play in this league, adapting is the key.
MOM Fizz Aden
Miramar vs Stop Out. Dave Farrington
Of all the away games throughout the season, Miramar is the one we look forward to the most. Dave Farrington park is a fantastic surface and really promotes passing football, which is something we are trying to achieve. We knew also, that to have 6 points after 2 games was the ideal start we were after.
We came out firing constantly dispossessing Miramar in their own half and creating plenty of shooting chances. Miramar recognised this dropping another player into the midfield to close down some space. It didn't take long for us to strike with Joe getting into a dangerous area out wide to cross into the box where Yatesy took a great touch and snuck a left footer into the near post. A classic Yatesy finish. From here Miramar had a good period putting us under some pressure, but we continued to play well and create shooting opportunities without putting a second away before halftime.
Second half we came out and started to really put the pedal down, and it wasn't long before it was 2-0. After a great passage of passing Steve received the ball in the box to lay off for Joe who buried a fantastic finish in the bottom corner.
Jake had come on at halftime and was causing all sorts of problems for Miramar. From a pass back to Jack who connected cleanly, Jakes persistence saw him chase the ball in behind the back four to slide a great finish in to make it 3-0. Before long it was 4. Cherbel was having a great game and was really linking up well down the right hand side. He received the ball outside the box and struck a clean shot off the post for the ball to rebound to Joe to bury another great finish. 4-0 was the way it stayed and with some more clinical finishing it could have been many more. A great performance from the boys sees us with 6 points from 2 games.
MOM Steve Toms
Stop Out vs Island Bay. Hutt Park
We welcomed Island bay to Hutt Park today for the 1st game of the season. Island Bay are a strong side that would be challenging for the title by the end of the season, so to get them 1st game was exciting, and it was crucial that we started the year by winning 3 points!
A lot of hard work had been put in pre season so the lads were fired up and ready for kick off. We got off to a decent start without controlling the game, and were the better side for the first 20 minutes. After winning a free kick down the right hand side, we took it quickly to find Micky at the back post who planted a powerful header in the back of the net.
From here the game evened out with Island bay starting to put some real pressure on. A free kick came into our box falling at the feet of their player who somehow put it over the bar. Moments later Island bays ex Stop Out midfielder went down in the box for a strong penalty shout, which was waved away by the referee. 1-0 up at halftime.
We came out second half know that we would need another goal to kill the game off. The game became a really scrappy affair with neither side able to dominate, the wind had picked up and was really starting to affect the game. With the wind at their backs Island Bay were spending a lot of time in our half winning corner after corner. We defended these really well and created a couple of great chances to kill the game off. The score stayed 1-0, a great start to the season thanks to some great defending, and a bit of luck.
MOM Rob Sansom
Saturday 11th August 2012. Stop Out vs North Wellington. (Hutt Park)
5-0 WIN. Mason, Gulley (2). Aden (2)
MOM: Steve Toms
We entered today’s match needing to turn around a poor 1st round performance against Wellington United where we lost a frustrating game 1-2. The game began with Wellington United making their intentions clear by sitting off us and letting us keep possession in our own half. We gladly accepted the main share of possession and spent the 1st half creating plenty of chances.
It wasn't long before we made good use of that possession and came up with the opening goal. Silao picked up the ball in the left back position and expertly found Jamie Mason's well timed run in behind the defence. Mason calmly slotted the ball past the advancing goal keeper. 1-0 up. The second goal came halfway through the 1st half as we worked the ball up to Steve Gulley who cut the ball back on to his left foot and fired a thunder bolt into the top corner from the edge of the area.2-0 up. We entered half time 3-0 up after Steve Gulley converted a penalty.
The second half was about a good performance from us and working hard to keep a clean sheet. Vinnie did well in goal to hold onto a couple of decent balls into dangerous areas, this went a long way to keeping our clean sheet. We added two more goals in the second half both through Fisum Aden, “Fizz” managed to coolly compose himself in front of goal after a good cut back from Alistair Yates, and slotted the ball home. He then finished off a good team performance from us by swinging a corner straight into the goal. 5-0 and many good performances from the lads. Steve Toms was fantastic in midfield and was rewarded with the Man of the Match.
Saturday 14th July 2012. Stop Out vs Island Bay. (Wakefield Park)
0 -3 LOSS
MOM: Lionel Taylor
With the team really suffering from injuries and suspensions, we went to Wakefield park with 12 players knowing that we were in for a tough day. Island bay were sitting second on the table and have a very good young side.
The 1st half was a pretty even affair with a howling northerly and driving rain going across the ground making it very difficult to get the ball down and play. Though both teams did try and play to their credit. We were doing a reasonable job and managed to create a few half chances without really coming up with any clear cut opportunities. With about 30 minutes gone Island bay started to play some good stuff and after a good passage of play their midfielder buried a left footed shot from just outside the box. We went into halftime 1-0 down, in a fairly uneventful half.
We knew that we were still in the game and with a couple of pieces of quality we could get ourselves a result. We continued to try and play 2nd half but struggled to break down a committed Island bay defence who hustled as a team the whole game. As a result of this hustle we gave the ball away in a dangerous position, for their winger to cross the ball to the far post to make it 2-0. This was a big blow for us and though it was a well taken goal, only had ourselves to blame. From here the game became scrappy and Island bay managed to sneak another goal to make it 3-0 and close the game out. Disappointing to lose but a tough day at the office considering our situation.
Saturday 7th July 2012. Stop Out vs Miramar. (Wakefield Park)
Last 16 of the Chatham cup vs Miramar was a big deal for us, though 12.30 kick off at the Island bay turf just didn’t seem right. It was a shame that such a big game, for different reasons, couldn’t be played at either team’s home ground! Never the less we had no trouble getting up for this.
The game was fairly even for the first 20 minutes and we managed to play some good stuff. We created a chance when a cross came in the ball bounced out to Martin Packer who couldn’t connect well with his shot, a tough chance!From here Miramar started to assert some dominance on the game, without really creating any clear-cut chances. We conceded a succession of corners, which we were struggling to defend due to a combination of poor marking and good delivery. The last of these was whipped in with pace, and the smallest man on the park managed to get up and bury a header, disappointing to concede in this way. Before long it was 2-0 after some good play down the left from Miramar resulted in a cross to the far post which their striker brought down on his chest and laced into the top corner. 2-0 at halftime.
At halftime it was tough getting the lads up, 2-0 down to a very good Miramar side was always going to be a huge deficit to pull back. We had belief in ourselves though after taking out two central league sides in the cup thus far.
Second half we really struggled to get our passing game going, Miramar were not only playing well with the ball, but without the ball also. We were conceding a lot of corners and this was eventually the difference. One of these was delivered to the back post for a header back across to their free striker to nod home, a good move but poor marking again. It became 4-0 from yet another corner, with their height advantage really showing for this one. We still managed to put some good passing phases together and eventually won ourselves a penalty, which we deserved for our efforts. Unfortunately the penalty wasn’t converted so the score stayed at 4-0 and that was how it finished.
A 4-0 loss which was disappointing, and probably didn’t reflect the difference between the two sides.
Saturday 30th June 2012. Stop Out vs Upper Hutt. (Harcourt Park)
2-2 DRAW. Scorer: Jamie Mason, Alistair Yates.
MOM: Jamie Mason
For the second week in a row we played at Harcourt park,and after our 4-2 win last week, we came confident of getting another result.
The game started very evenly with both sides doing their best to play football on what was a tough pitch. We slowly started to gain the upper hand, and as a result, the chances began to flow. Alistar Yates was causing all sorts of problems up front and from a cross into the box his looping header left the keeper stranded but came back off the post. Moments later he broke free into the box and with just the keeper to beat his left footed shot went just wide. We were creating chance after chance and after some good work out wide from Silao, Martin Packers shot came back out off the cross bar again. 0-0 at half time.
The second half was a much tighter, scrappier game with Upper Hutt tightening up their defence making chances harder to come by. After an even 20 minutes Jamie Mason made a good run down the right and managed to cut in and bury a shot with his left foot, nice goal! It didn’t take long for Upper Hutt to hit back though, a cross from the left and their striker somehow managed to sneak the ball in at the near post. Went hit the lead again soon after when Martin put an in swinging cross for Ali Yates to get on the end of with his head! From here we needed to hold on and do nothing silly. We did this well until the last minute when we gave away a needless free kick just outside the box. The cross came in which we did well to head away, unfortunately header fell straight to the feet of their striker who buried the finish.
A 2-2 draw which, was a decent result considering Upper hutt had won all but one of their previous game, but 2 points thrown away due to missed chances in the first half, and poor decisions when the game was winding down.
Saturday 23rd June 2012. Stop Out vs Upper Hutt. (Harcourt Park)
2-4 WIN. Scorer: Fisum Aden, Cherbel Khouchaba, Alistair Yates(2)
MOM: Blair Easthope
When we drew Upper Hutt in the cup the lads were over the moon, we have built a good rivalry over the last few years and this was a big chance for us to get one up over them. Upper Hutt are top of the league and are yet to be beaten, but we knew that we would head to Harcourt in a confident mood given our run of results in the cup.
The locals of Upper Hutt had really put in the effort to make the day a big occasion, lining the ground with orange and black balloons, and turning up in large numbersto create a great atmosphere.
We got off to a horror start. A long ball slipped through our back four and into the path of their striker, who dribbled towards Vinnie and managed to scoop the ball into the back of the net, a great finish and a tough way to start the game. The way we reacted to the goal was outstanding, and within 2 minutes we had equalised. We worked the ball down the left and released Brandon Tai who put in a superb cross that found Fizz at the far post, who showed great composure to take a touch and slot the ball home. 1-1 after 6 minutes! This got our confidence up and from here we really started to control the game. We worked the ball out to Jake who cut in and chipped a ball inside to release Cherbel ‘why aren’t Brazil at the Euros’ Kouchaba, who took a brilliant touch into his path and buried the finish- an outstanding piece of skill from a 14 year old kid in a huge game. We were on fire and soon after Ali Yates had made it 3. After receiving the ball with his back to goal he turned, ran at his defender, pulled out a shimmy that bamboozled the defender , then laced (shanked) a left footed shot into the back of the net. Brilliant from Yatesy, and the way he turned on the after burners during his celebration was something else. 3-1 up and it got better from there. Some more great work down the right from Jake Theron saw him whip in a cross that the Upper Hutt centre back could only clear straight up in the air, to fall for Yatesy who headed in from a tight angle. A fantastic double for Ali, the big kumara was in for a treat tonight! We went into half time 4-1 up.
We came out in the 2nd half knowing that if we played smart the game was ours. Upper Hutt started to throw players forward in an attempt to pull a goal back, and started putting us under real pressure. At times we dealt with the pressure well, and at times we didn’t. Vinnie was doing a great job in goal dealing with cross after cross, but with 15 to go the pressure finally told. By this stage we had Cherbel cramping up and Beeza hobbling around on one leg and after a goal mouth scramble Upper Hutt managed to bundle one in. From here we closed the game out well and got through to the final whistle for a 4-2 win.An outstanding performance from the lads, who continue to step up on the big occasions. The cup dream continues!
Saturday 16th June 2012. Stop Out vs Miramar. (Hutt Park)
5-1 WIN. Scorer: Jake Theron 3, Martin Packer, Fisum Aden
With Miramar 7 points ahead of us, and the teams behind us 1 point off, today was a win at all costs scenario. Our frustrating start to the season has turned every week into a must win, but today was very important.
Being the middle of winter today was a typical Wellington day, freezing cold southerly and driving rain to add to the fun. This is what football is all about!
Right from kick off we adjusted to the conditions very well, playing our passing style to very good effect. We were really dominating and getting into dangerous positions, though the slippery conditions were making it tough to get the final product we were looking for. Soon enough Fizz got onto the ball just outside the box, skipped past his man and slotted the ball home for a great goal. 1-0 up. Before we knew it was two, some good work from Yatesy to get to the by-line and cut the ball back to Jake to tap in at the far post, a quality team goal. 2-0 at halftime and we were really on top, the talk to the lads was to keep the foot on the pedal, and not let Miramar into the game!
We came out with the same attitude in the second half, really taking the game to Miramar despite playing into the howling southerly. We went 3-0 up after some more good work from Yatesy leading to another Jake tap in at the far post. From here the game started to get sloppy and our standards dropped, which resulted in us conceding a soft goal, frustrating to say the least! Conceding gave us a wakeup call and we made it 4-1 when Martin Packer bent a free kick into the top corner. We rounded the game off with a counter attack where Yatesy beat his man and his shot from outside the box came off the crossbar to land at the feet of, you guessed it, Jake Theron! A hat trick for Jake from a combined 6 yards, credit to him for being in the right place.
A 5-1 win and a good performance from the lads, bring on Upper Hutt in the cup next week!
Sunday 10th June 2012. Stop Out vs Olympic. (Wakefield Park)
1-1draw. Scorer: Martin Packer
After beating Olympic 1st team in the cup last week, playing the Olympic reserve team in the league was always going to be an awkward fixture.
The game started evenly with either side unable to get the upper hand, with a couple of half chances at either the end the only highlights of an even first 30 minutes. Olympic started playing some good stuff and a ball from midfield slotted the wide player in for a one on one with Vin, as he touched the ball to get into a scoring position, Vin managed to get a hand to the ball to save a certain goal, brilliant goalkeeping. Soon after we hustled the ball off Olympic in a dangerous position and Lionel was played in on goal, he managed to beat the keeper and then shoot with his left, but unfortunately his effort didn’t have enough on it and was cleared off the line. We went into halftime 0-0
Second half started poorly for us with the Olympic winger being played in down the left and cutting in to square across the box for the opposite winger to bury a finish into the top corner. For the third game in a row we found ourselves 1-0 down. We reacted well to going down and started to get the upper hand on the game, and after some good from Jake out wide he found Martin at the far post who finish well to take the scores to 1-1. From here we really started to create some chances and put some real pressure on. A couple of free kicks in good positions couldn’t be capitalised on, and a lot of good play went unrewarded. In the last few minutes super sub Yatesey got onto the end of a cross with his header sailing in their keeper pulled off a miracle save to keep the score at 1-1.
A 1-1 draw, not the result we were looking for, but we can take encouragement from the fact we created a lot of chances. The next few weeks will be crucial for us.
Stop Out vs Olympic (Chatham Cup Rd 2) Wakefield Park
Result. 4-2 win AET
Scorers: Aden 1, Yates 1, Gulley 2.
MOM: Fisum Aden
After our poor result against Wellington United, we were determined to put on a good display in our cup game, away to Olympic at Wakefield Park. Our last cup game was against Western Suburbs who we beat 3-1, so we knew we were capable of stepping up against Central league sides.
We made a very good start to the game, putting some good moves together, and absorbing any pressure. Our plan was to let the Olympic back four keep the ball, and then pounce when they tried to play forward. This was working to very good effect with Matt Gasper defending from the front particularly well. After 20 minutes Olympic won a corner which was whipped into Barry Lewis who powered home a header, a good header but poor marking from our lads.
We hit back straight away playing the ball through our midfield to Gasper who slotted Fizz in to round the keeper and slot the ball with his right foot, which is usually for standing on only! Great pace and composure in front of goal. The rest of the half was pretty even, with both teams threatening, and Vinnie making a couple of fine stops, neither side could add to the score. We went into halftime 1-1.
The second half started with Olympic starting to get on top, and with us starting to go off our game as a result. The pace they had up top was starting to cause us some real headaches. We kept our composure and started to come back into the game, causing the Olympic lads to get frustrated, which resulted in one of them picking up their second yellow, injuring Fizz in the process. This gave us the encouragement we needed and with 15 to go after some good passing through the midfield Steve managed to get a shot off from the edge of the box which snuck in the bottom corner. From here we tried to close the game out, which is always tough against a good side, and can work against you if you don’t do it well. In injury time we gave the ball away in our half, which was chipped in behind our back four, the pace of Abba got onto the end of it only for Vin to make another brilliant stop, but unluckily the rebound looped up for their striker to head home. We were heading to extra time.
We managed to step it up a gear in extra time, with our hard work at training, and having an extra man beginning to show. Martin Packer managed to line and fire in a low cross for our substitute, goal a game Ali, to get on the end of to put us up 3-2.
We kept the pressure on and their goalkeeper picked up an injury and had to come off, with Olympic having used all three subs and already being a man down, their midfielder had to take the gloves! Soon after we won a free kick on the edge of the box, which Steve put away to put us 4-2 up. A 4-2 win and a brilliant effort from the lads, the key is getting this kind of performance every week!
Saturday 2nd June 2012. Stop Out vs Wellington United. (Newtown Park)
Scorer: Matt Gasper
MOM: Jamie Mason
If there’s one park that the lads always enjoy playing at, its Newtown Park; the fantastic surface suits our passing game. We began the game well, although Wgtn United were doing a good job of breaking down our attacks, packing the midfield and getting men behind the ball. United were playing a very direct game, and one of these long balls resulted in the first goal.
A clearance had our centre backs back pedalling, with J.T. managing to get to the ball first, but his back pass was under hit allowing the striker to nip in and a one-on-one with Vin which he put away nicely. We continued to try and play our game for the rest of the first half, without managing a breakthrough. 1-0 down at halftime we were confident that we had what it takes to turn the score line around and get the result we wanted.
The 2nd half was very similar to the first, with us playing all the football and Wgtn United playing the long ball at every chance. We managed to create a couple of clear-cut chances, with Matt Gasper getting free inside the box, just bending his left footer around the post. Soon after Jake managed to dispossess the goalkeeper, only to get bumped off the ball trying to line up the shot, instead of laying off to Gasper who was open to score. Against the run of play Wgtn United managed to work the ball up our end and win a corner. The delivery found their player who buried a fantastic header, but some very slack marking meaning he was all by himself. 2-0 down.
We continued to dominate and from a corner Matt Gasper pulled one back with his head. From here we thought we could come back and steal a result, and we created a couple of chances but could put any in the back of the net. A 2-1 loss, poor result, bad decision making and slack marking costing us on the day.
Saturday 26th May. Stop Out vs Petone. (Hutt Park)
Result: 3-1 win
Scorers: Yates, Theron, Gulley.
MOM: Damon Fussell
We welcomed Petone to Hutt park knowing we would be in for a tough challenge, whilst they are yet to pick up any points in the league, we knew they had a strong squad who hadn’t had things go their way. With us winning our last two games it was important that we kept the roll going with a win!
The emphasis in the last few weeks has been about the attitude we take out in each game, knowing that the talent we have in the squad can only be effective with the right attitude. This paid off early in the game with us having Petone under pressure straight from kick off. We managed to win a corner which Martin Packer whipped to the far post where he found Nathan-Laurent Blanc- Canton, who headed it back across to the master poacher Alistar Yates to bundle in with his knee.
We continued pile on the pressure with Alistar managing to tackle their centre back, then take the ball to the by line and fire a cut-back to Steve which he couldn’t quite manage to get on target, a difficult chance missed. After a dominant half in which we created chances and looked dangerous with the ball, as well as being very solid at the back we went into half time 1-0 up.
Second half started very well for us with some good passing getting Martin Packer 1 on 1 with his man out wide, who he skilfully beat to then fire a low cross for Jake at the back post to tap in and break his 2 year Stop out goal drought. Soon after some brilliant work from Jake down the left led to a cut back for Fizz which he fired to the back post where, you guessed it, Ali Yates was standing to tap in, only then to be bizarrely ruled out for offside. This was made worse by the fact that Petone then went up the other end to beat the offside trap for a tidy finish to make it 2-1. We managed to put the game away after some great work out wide from super sub Lionel Taylor, who put in a dangerous cross which the keeper could only punch, with Steve leaping high in the air beating two defenders to power home a header from the rebound.
A good performance to win 3-1, with a special mention to Martin Packer for his good form which continued into the night, only to be cut short by a beer pong injury! A special mention for Demolition man Damon also, who had an outstanding game to receive the man of the match.
Round 7: Saturday 19th May vsWainuiomata (Hutt Park)
Result: 3 -1 win
Scorers: Yates 2, Gulley 1
MOM: Jake Theron
We welcomed Wainui to Hutt Park knowing that nothing less than a win would do. Given our tough start to the season, and our great win in the cup last week against Wests, it was important to keep the momentum going.
Our run of bad luck with injuries continued with goalkeeper Vinnie Godwin rolling his ankle on the steps outside his house as he was leaving for the game! This meant Jack Kemp, who has been having a fantastic season so far, would step in between the sticks. Also due to injuries, coach Easthope was named on the team card which had the Wainui lads shaking in their boots, his pace and new haircut up top could be a real handful coming off the bench late on.
To the game and there was a classic howling Wellington southerly blowing through Hutt park which is always tough to play in. We settled in very well and managed to get our passing game going through the midfield, bringing our front three into play very effectively. Jake and Fizz were causing headaches out wide, with Alistair doing a great job of holding the ball up. We had Wainui under pressure and it soon paid off with Martin Packer curling a great cross to the far post where Alistair out-muscled his defender to send a looping header back over the keeper. Soon after, Alistair received the ball on the edge of the box, and given a yard of space, he turned, and buried a finish into the bottom corner. Great stuff! Against the run of play, Wainui managed to win a penalty. Their striker put it away nicely, which took us into half time, 2-1 up.
Second half we had the wind at our backs and spent the majority of the half down Wainui’s end, creating chances but not managing to put any away. That was until a great run down the right from Jake Theron followed by a pinpoint cut back (which Yatesy had a swing and a miss at, making it look like a great dummy) to Steve on the edge of the box to finish. From here we closed the game out well to win 3-1.
A good performance from the lads in testing conditions, we must keep the momentum going into next week against Petone.
Saturday 12th May 2012. Stop Out vs Western Suburbs (Chatham Cup)
Result: 3-1 win.
Goals - Martin Packer x 2, Steve Gulley.
MOM - Martin Packer.
With our recent results in the league being below par, today's Chatham Cup game gave us a fresh chance to focus on a good performance in a game that some people maybe didn't expect us to win. Both teams made it clear early on that they were keen to try and maintain possession on what is a very good surface here at Hutt Park.
Our first goal came from some getting some consistent and decent balls into the box. Wests didn't clear the ball far enough and it fell Martin Packer on the edge of the area, he touched the ball inside and bent a great curling shot into the top left hand corner of the Western Suburbs goal, 20 minutes played, 1-0 up. Martin's goal managed to get rid of some of the nerves we seemed to be playing with and helped the game open up. Both teams were still moving the ball well but we were now starting get in behind them a little more and create chances. Our defense was also looking very solid after a shaky early start where West's managed to get behind us a little to easy at times. Now dominating the game our midfield was winning a lot of ball and moving it well out into the wide area's,
Alistair Yates was also being very busy and bringing people into the game well and it looked a matter time before we got another good chance. 10 minutes later we got that chance, another ball into the area that this time found its way to Steve Gulley who clinically slotted his finish into the bottom corner for a 2-0 lead. With halftime approaching Wests managed to get the ball into our penalty area, the ball was cleared to just outside the area, unfortunately for us it went straight to a Western Suburbs player who lashed a first time shot that riffled past Vinnie Godwin in goal, 2-1 at halftime.
The half time chat was and feel in the changing rooms was a good one for us and we came out in the second half in a confident mood. Unfortunately that didn't turn into goals for us and then midway through the second half Blair Easthope was given his second yellow card and we were reduced to 10 men. We still continued to defend strongly and our centre back pairing of our captain Jason Tipping and young Nathan Canton were keeping the result confidently in our hands . The only goal of the second half came from Martin Packer and was straight from a corner, he swung the ball in and it went past everyone and into the back of the net, 3-1. That's how the game finished and deservedly we had won. Some really good performances from all round the park from us today. Vinnie made some excellent saves early in the game to keep us ahead at a crucial time and the back four defended well for most of the match. Our midfield of Beezer, Steve and Martin were outstanding today and I was very happy with the work rate of all our players.
Satuday 5th May 2012. Stop Out vs Waterside. (Karori Park)
MOM- Nathan Canton
We went to Karori Park hoping to stop a run of poor results, knowing that a win could be the start of the turn-around we were looking for. Karori is always a tough place to visit, with a combination of the pitch, and traditionally tough Karori sides, although to be fair the pitch was looking in great condition.
We were put under early pressure early by a hungry Karori side, creating a couple of early chances early. After we soaked up the early pressure we started getting our passing game going knocking the ball around nicely, without any real penetration. 20 minutes into the game the Karori striker managed to pick up the ball between the back four and midfield, to turn and fire a good low finish from 25 yards. What happened 5 minutes later summed up our luck so far this year. Off the ball the Karori striker tried to push Lionel out the way, with Lionel wondering what the guys was doing, he took a huge dive fooling the linesman into thinking Lionel had hit him to the ground. On the linesman’s recommendation, Lionel received a straight red card. We went into half time 1-0 down, with 10 men, and a real battle on our hands.
2nd half we started playing some really good football, actually completely dominating the game despite our disadvantage. Karori were content to sit on their lead which was playing into our hands. We were keeping the ball and managing to get in behind but just couldn’t quite get the finishing touch. We really started to chase the game which resulted in giving the ball away down our end for the Karori winger to take towards goal and finish. A 2-0 loss but a good effort from the lads, can’t fault the attitude.
Saturday 28th April 2012. Stop Out v Island Bay. (Hutt Park)
Result – 2 nil loss
MOM – Nathan Canton
The early stages of the game were very niggly and both teams were breaking up attacks with fouls.
Both teams were having their fair share of possession but not managing to create many clear cut chances until Island Bay managed to work the ball forward to James Wypych, he made himself a half yard and shot the ball across the keeper and into the far post corner of the net, 1-0 Island Bay.
The game then struggled its way through to half time with some scrappy play, again a lot of the time play was being broken up by consistent fouls. We came out early in the second half and put some pressure on Island Bay with some better build up play but still couldn't manage to get the ball in the back of the net. Half chances to Martin Packer and Matt Gasper came and went and we were still being frustrated with consistent fouls breaking up attacks. Midway through the second half
Island Bay got a rather hopeful ball into the box that was not dealt with and allowed to bounce, Jamie Mason was then deemed to have committed a foul on the Island Bay striker in his attempt to shield the bouncing ball, as it was in the box a penalty was given, another very harsh decision that does not seem to often go our way. The penalty was converted well and Island Bay were 2-0 up. This saw us come into our best patch of the match and we really started to get the ball into the attacking 3rd a lot more frequently. Island Bay were sitting deep and looking to hold on and we were taking advantage of having a lot of possession. Unfortunately for us this period of play did not last long enough as Adam Church was then sent off with around 15-20 minutes still to play for a rather silly retaliation to one of the many poor challenges in this game. That effectively also saw the end of a last major push from us in this game and before we knew it the game was over. Another disappointing result but still some encouraging signs starting to appear.
21st April 2012. Stop Out vs Marist. (Kilbirnie Park)
Scorer: Steve Gulley
MOM: Damon Fussell
With the last couple of results not going our way, our trip to Kilbirnie Park became crucial, 3 points was a must! Marist is probably the toughest away trip in the league, a combination of a suspect pitch, and the hustle bustle never say die attitude of the Marist sides guaranteeing a tough day at the office.
We went into this game with a plan to play a more direct game, changing from our usual 3 midfielders and 3 up top, to 2 strikers and 4 across the midfield. As we worked our way into the game this began to pay dividends, Matt Gasper and Churchy were working well together up front, with Gasper getting in behind the back four and causing headaches for the Marist defenders. From a ball in behind Gasper managed to outmuscle his defender and get himself into a 1 on 1 with the keeper, the keeper using reverse psychology by staying planted to his line, confusing Gasper into finishing straight into his legs! After another couple of decent chances we went into halftime locked up at 0-0.
Second half we started to really get on top of the game, without creating too many chances at first. Against the run of play Marist managed to work the ball into our penalty area, with Jase Tipping dispossessing the striker, we looked to be out of danger. What happened next was hard to fathom, the Marist striker pulled Jase by his shirt off the ball, then took his legs out for good measure. Foul we thought, no, the ref waves play on and the striker lays the ball off for his teammate to finish past Vinnie.
This only served to spur us on to really start dominating and creating chances, from a Damon long ball, Churchy snuck in behind the defenders to finish expertly past the keeper, only to be amazingly ruled offside. Amazingly, because when the ball was played, Churchy was in his own half! More chances came with Brandon-turtleneck-Tai putting a header over from in front, and a couple of air swings in front of goal, making it seem it was not our day. Eventually from a short corner the ball managed to find its way into the back of the net, much to our relief locking the game up. We continued to dominate but could not find the winner.
A disappointing result, but the work rate and attitude of the lads cannot be questioned. We will start putting our chances away which will see us get the results we want, and challenging for the title which we know we are capable of.
Saturday 14th April 2012. Stop Out vs Upper Hutt (Hutt Park)
Result: 1-2 loss.
Goal: Adam Church
MOM: Adam Church
We welcomed Upper Hutt to Hutt Park this week for what was always going to be a very tough and close encouter.
The first half kicked off with both teams playing it fairly safe first and hoping for an early mistake. A few half chances were created in the first 20 minutes but none taken for either side. Both sides were starting to get a little frustrated and fouls were now becoming more and more frequent as both teams looked to stop the other breaking quickly, this period
was also now starting to produce a few cards. With both sides not making anything of their half chances it was always going to take something special to break the game open. Midway through the 1st half we managed to work the ball up to Steve Gulley in the attacking 3rd, he rolled the ball into Adam Church's feet on the edge of the area and continued a nice run off him, Churchy managed to roll off his marker to get a good sight at goal, he then bent the ball into the to far post corner with the outside of his left foot to put us in front at 1-0.
With the deadlock broken the game opened up a bit and both teams continued to foul. Not long after our opening goal one of those fouls was to prove one too many. Upper Hutt got a free kick in a wide are in the attacking 3rd and crossed a ball into the peanalty area, it wasn't dealt with and the ball fell to Phil Patterson, he cut the ball back accross the box to an unmarked Pedro Garcias who tapped in to even the scores 1-1, this is how it would remain through till half time.
Second half kicked off with both teams looking eager for a result. Again we were looking lively and creating a few chances but again unfortunately none were being converted into goals. Matt Gasper coming the closest for us after a well worked bit of ball movement he cut in from the wide area towards goal and unleashed a great strike that cannoned off the crossbar. The second spell went on and chances continued to come and go but Upper Hutt were awarded a peanelty after the linesmen had flagged for a rather harsh hand ball against Jamie Mason in the box. Phil Patterson stepped up for Upper Hutt and appeared confident but his shot was kept out by goo save from our keeper Vinnie Godwin. Chassing the game we decide to introduce some late pace in the form of Fissum Aden and it with only minutes left it looked to have paid off. Fissum was expertly clipped in on goal and slotted the ball home nicely only to see the linesmen's flag raised for offside. Another frustrating day at the office where we had definitly played well enough to get something from the game.
Monday 9th April 2012 vs Miramar Rangers (Miramar Park)
Result: 2-0 Loss
MOM: (16) Jason Tipping
After an entertaining opening game at Hutt Park it was off to Miramar to take on Miramar Rangers. With the great surface of Davey F having some work done, the game was relocated to a pitch right at the other end of the scale, Miramar Park.
Both teams were playing a fairly cautious game in the first 20 minutes as they looked to come to grips with the difficult surface and it became clear that the team who made least defensive mistakes would probably pick up the points today.
As the first half went on we managed to create a few chances by working the ball out Matt Gasper who was making his first start for Sop Out a decent one. Twice Gasper managed to beat his marker out in the wide area and pick out a smart run from Adam Church who was getting in behind the Miramar centre backs; unfortunately Church couldn't make the most of those chances and after a couple more half chances for either side we entered half time locked up at 0-0.
We came out for the second half knowing that the team who scored first would go a long way to winning today. Miramar had a good mix of experience and youth out on the pitch for them and were sticking to a rather direct style of getting the ball forward towards their handy strike force of Sutherland and Zanotto. The game was becoming quite scrappy and we continued to pass the ball poorly.
Fifteen minutes into the second half Miramar worked the ball forward, one of our centre backs went in to make a challenge on the Miramar striker, the ball deflected up off the two players and into the feet of Zanotto who suddenly found himself in front of goal, he made no mistake with the finish, 1-0 Miramar.
With chances being few and far between it was a frustrating second half for us. As the half went on we made a second mistake. Another long ball forward wasn't dealt with and as our centre back slid across to clean up and head a bouncing ball away, he managed to head it into the path of a Miramar attacker. The Miramar attacker squared the ball across to an unmarked Sutherland who again made no mistake with his finish, 2-0 Miramar.
We were now forced to chase this game and all three subs were made, Ali Yates, Jake Theron and Fisum Aden replaced Adam Church, Matt Gasper and Martin Packer. Unfortunately for us, apart from a penalty shout, we didn't manage to create many chances for the rest of the second half. A very frustrating day at the office ended in a 2-0 defeat.
Many mistakes were made today and perhaps one of them was not emphasizing enough the need to play quite direct on the surface we had to play on. There were still some positives to take away from the game. Churchy made some smart runs to get in behind them in the first half; Gasper caused their right back all sorts of trouble at times and Jason Tipping played his usual controlled and calming role at the back. All the boys were putting it in out their today and as long as we maintain that kind of work rate and fix up a few other things, I think we will still have a very positive season. It was a disappointing performance in possession but a big chance to turn things right around this week.
6th April 2012 vs Olympic (Hutt Park)
Result: 5-3 Win
Scorer(s): Adam Church 2, Alistair Yates, Martin Packer, Lionel Taylor.
MOM: (13) Lionel Taylor
With good preparation for this game, we started fairly well and put Olympic under some early pressure. Early on Olympic were also showing that they were a good team in possession and were putting together some decent fazes without creating too many chances.
Midway through the first half we managed to work the ball out to Martin Packer who was in good space out wide. He swiftly made his way down the line and delivered a ball towards the back post. Alistair Yates timed his arrival to the back post well and headed home - his and the team's first league goal for the season. Both teams continued to move the ball well and create a half chance or two but we entered halftime leading 1-0.
We came out for the second half in a confident mood and managed to start dictating play with our midfield of Steve Gulley, Lionel Taylor and Blair Easthope now dominating and creating chances for us. Early in the second half we were forced to make a change with Damon Fussell replacing Fisum Aden Fisum. This meant a reshuffle with Lionel moving to the right wing and Damon into central midfield.
After a good spell of pressure we managed to move the ball quickly out to Martin Packer who had isolated his marker, he squared his marker up and with a sharp step over he worked the ball inside his man and towards goal where he didn't need a second invitation to clinically slot home a good second goal to make it 2-0.
A third goal came hot on the heels of the 2nd goal. Jamie Mason was the provider after winning possession for us; he quickly spotted the run of Stop Out debutant Lionel Taylor. Lionel latched on to the pass and calmly slotted the ball past the Olympic keeper for a well deserved goal.
During this period we made two additional changes with Adam Church on debut for the club replacing first half goal scorer Alistair Yates and Finn Sorger replacing Blair Easthope. This meant a reshuffle with Finn coming on at right back and Jamie moving into midfield in place of Blair.
As was the case early in the first half, Olympic were still putting together some nice pieces of play of their own together and it wasn't long before they would get some reward. A break down the right hand side saw a decent Olympic cross into the box towards their tidy number 19. He had a good set up touch and banged home Olympics first goal - 3-1.
With their tales up Olympic started to push hard, and with our team starting to struggle a bit with cramps and injuries. With 10 minutes to play and two goals up we slipped into our worst period of the game. Olympic were becoming more and more confident and again attacked down our right side. The ball then made its way to Olympic's tricky young striker who again made us pay with a second well taken goal, 3-2 and a nervy 5 minutes still to play. Soon after kicking off we again had to defend a fast break down our right hand side, Olympic again managed to get in behind our defence and their number 19 slipped the ball past an advancing Vinnie Godwin and into our goal to complete his hat-trick and rather shockingly tying up the game 3-3.
With stoppage time fast approaching both teams pushed for a winner, substitute Damon Fussell won possession for us in our own half after some more good defensive work and drove towards the Olympic defence. Adam Church’s good run was then spotted by Damon who slid him through nicely on goal; with a good set up touch Adam lashed the ball home from the edge of the area for his first goal for Stop Out, 4-3 Stop Out.
In stoppage time Olympic were extending themselves to find an equaliser. Again we managed to pick up a loose pass and quickly break through Lionel Taylor on the right hand side; he looked up and played the ball across to Adam Church who clinically lifted the ball over the keeper and into the goal to seal a rather exciting first win of the season for us, Stop Out 5-3.
Thanks to Olympic for playing their part in a really entertaining opening game of the season. Not exactly the whole performance we were looking for from the boys but a win none the less. Congratulations to Lionel Taylor who was named man of the match today, he had a very busy game in midfield for us today, set up a goal, scored one himself and covered a lot of ground for the team.