ASB Football Park Is also known as English Park and is the headquarters for Mainland Football and home of football in Canterbury. From 2010 to 2011 the playing surface was changed from natural grass to FIFA approved artificial turf and new lighting was also installed to enable night matches. We’ve lost 1-0 and 2-0 at ASB Football Park during the last two seasons. Prior to that Waikato FC, our predecessors, didn’t fare too much better at ASB Football/English Park. They lost 4-0 in 2012/13, 5-0 in 2011/12 and 2-0 in 2009/10, with the last victory, by 1-0, coming in 2008/09. The 2010/11 fixture in Christchurch, a 2-2 draw, was played at the old AMI Stadium.
Loaded WaiBOP United against Canterbury United P: 4, W: 2, D: 0, L: 2, GF: 6, GA: 7.
The record between the two sides point to this game being a home banker. As noted above, we’ve lost at ASB Football Park during the last two seasons, but to balance that have won our two home games against Canterbury United. Ironically, this season’s form, that has seen us win both our away games, while being defeated twice at home. Canterbury United’s coach, Willy Gerdsen, coached Waikato FC to a sixth place finish during the 2010/11 season, while Federico Marquez played for Canterbury in 2013/14.
Ryan Tinsley makes his return to the starting line-up following injury while Israel Whitely has his first taste of action for the season as he’s added to the bench. Alexis Varela and Maksim Manko miss out from the squad that played Southern United.
Canterbury United: Coey Turipa, Julyan Collett, Tom Schwarz, Atkin Kaua (Michael White 71′), Gary Ogilvie, Juan Chang (Dan Schwarz 89′), Jessie Dingjan, Andre De Jong, Brock Messenger, Andreas Wilson, Angus Kilkolly (Jacob Allen 86′). Subs (not used): Reuben Parker-Hanks, Dan Terris.
Loaded WaiBOP United: Zac Speedy, Scott Hilliar, Adam Mitchell, Adam Luque (Tom Probert 27′), Finn Cochran; Ryan Tinsley (Mario Ilich 76′), Xavier Pratt; Mark Jones (Israel Whitley 84′), Federico Marquez, Wade Molony; Stephen Hoyle. Sub (not used): Louie Caunter.
Canterbury United 2-0 Loaded WaiBOP United
CU: Kilkolly 48′, Messenger 86′.