May 25, 2011
AUCKLAND – The Australasian based members of the All Whites got the hit-out they wanted ahead of their upcoming internationals against Mexico and Australia with a 4-1 win over a Waitakere United Invitational side at Trusts Stadium on Wednesday night.
All members apart from a not yet fully fit Mark Paston and a virus stricken Marco Rojas took part in the match with numbers boosted by a quartet of U-20 players, three of them on the bench.
The match was designed to give out-of-season A-League and ASB Premiership players some valuable match fitness and All Whites coach was satisfied to bank those minutes and blow out the cobwebs.
“We wanted to have guys on the pitch for the full 90 minutes so we managed to do that. I was a pleasantly surprised at what the players showed. We were operating about 60 per cent but some were a higher than that,” Herbert said.
“Kosta Barbarouses was lively tonight, but he’s had a month of training. Jeremy Brockie was lively too but he’s only had a week of training.
“The players did what the needed to do tonight. It wasn’t about the result it was just about getting mileage into the legs.”
Ben Sigmund’s powerful header from a Michael McGlinchey corner just before halftime was the only goal of the first spell but Jeremy Brockie’s stunning 30 yard volley eight minutes into the second half signalled a loosening of the game.
Barbarouses got reward for his industry with his 57th minute goal, a low shot squeezed inside the far post of Waitakere keeper Danny Robinson and Tim Brown headed in a fourth from a McGlinchey cross fives minute later to round out the All Whites scoring.
New Zealand U-20 defender Antony Hobbs chipped in a consolation goal for Waitakere as the All Whites XI failed to fully clear a corner.
The All Whites train twice more this week before flying out to Denver on Saturday afternoon.
Trusts Stadium, Auckland
Australian based All Whites XI 4 (Ben SIGMUND 45’, Jeremy BROCKIE 53’, Kosta BARBAROUSES 57’, Tim BROWN 62’)
Waitakere United Invitational XI 1 (Anthony HOBBS 86’)
All Whites XI: Glen MOSS (gk), Cameron LINDSAY (Nick BRANCH 71’), Ivan VICELICH (Nikko BOXALL 87’), Ben SIGMUND, Jeremy BROCKIE (Sean LOVEMORE 79’), Tim BROWN, David MULLIGAN, Michael McGLINCHEY, Shane SMELTZ, Kosta BARBAROUSES, Aaron CLAPHAM.
Coach Ricki HERBERT
Waitakere United Invitational: Danny ROBINSON (gk / Scott ARMISTEAD 86’), Aaron SCOTT (Ross McKENZIE 58’), Ryan ELDER, Martin BULLOCK (Zane SOLE 58’), Allan PEARCE, Roy KRISHNA (Ross Haviland 58’), Tim PAYNE (Chad COOMBES 46’), Jake BUTLER, Dakota LUCAS, Antony HOBBS.
Coach: Darren BAZELEY