Gower Park This round 1 ASB Premiership match is the first national league match at Hamilton’s Gower Park since March 14, 1997, when Waitakere City defeated Melville United 4-1. It is Team Wellington’s first visit to Gower Park since 2012 (when they beat Waikato FC 6-1 in the final of the White Ribbon Cup). The surface at Gower Park was upgraded prior to the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup, as it was used as one of four training venues for teams based in Hamilton.
WaiBOP United Mark Jones has played the most games for WaiBOP United, missing only one of the franchise’s 30 games. This match saw seven players make their WaiBOP United debut.
Loaded WaiBOP United: Speedy; Hilliar, Probert, Luque, Cochran; Varela (Ilich 74’), Tinsley (S. Hoyle 90+5’); Molony, Marquez, Jones; Evans (Manko 74’). Subs not used: Caunter, C. Mitchell.
Team Wellington: Basalaj; Hobbs, Robertson, Musa, Neil; Halpin (Villa 90 + 1), Bale (Harris 58’), Peverley, Barcia; Corrales (Gulley 90+3), Bevin. Subs not used: Carr, Higgins.
Full time: Loaded WaiBOP United 2-3 Team Wellington.
WB: Adam Luque 15′, Mark Jones 79′.
TW: Andy Bevin 31′, Ben Harris 80′, Saul Halpin 89′.