Owen Delany Park While this is Loaded WaiBOP United’s first ASB Premiership match at Owen Delany Park, it’s a venue familiar with top level sport, including football. The Wellington Phoenix played NZ A in a pre-season friendly in August 2014, while the Football Ferns drew 0-0 with Brazil here in June 2014. The 2012 OFC Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament was hosted at Owen Delany Park in March 2012.
Loaded WaiBOP United against Hawke’s Bay United P: 4, W: 1, D: 0, L: 3, GF: 5, GA: 9.
Hawke’s Bay United are building a reputation as serial play-off contenders after making the post-season in each of the last three ASB Premiership seasons. In 2014/15 they went a step further, knocking off Team Wellington to make the final against Auckland City, just a couple of weeks after our first win over the Bay – 1-0 at Bluewater Stadium on March 8, 2015. A 2-1 defeat at Kiwitea Street underlines just how close Brett Angell came to taking his side to the title in his first season as coach.
Loaded WaiBOP United: Speedy; Hilliar, A. Mitchell, Luque, Cochran; Varela, Ilich (Pratt 85′); Molony, Marquez, Jones (Evans 66′); Manko (Hoyle 63′). Subs not used: Caunter (Gk), Probert.
Hawke’s Bay United: Hill; Liddicoat, Nash, Matsumoto, Chettleburgh (Addai 90′), Biss, Sole, Mason-Smith, Watson (Jones 75′), Canales, Kurimati (Mesias 86′). Subs: Maukau, Hastings (Gk).
Loaded WaiBOP United 0-1 Hawke’s Bay United
HB: Kahir Jones 84′.