March 5, 2012
AUCKLAND – Tommy Smith backed up his impressive midweek shift with the All Whites against Jamaica with another 90 minutes, a cleansheet, a win, and a goal for Ipswich against Chris Wood’s Bristol City on Sunday morning (NZT).
After sharing a 48 hour round trip to Auckland and back, Smith gave his All Whites team mate and good friend Wood a lift from Heathrow to Ipswich for the match but that’s where the camaraderie ended.
Smith netted the Tractor Boys’ second goal from a 66th minute corner and showed few effects of his whirlwind trip down under as the home side eased to a 3-0 win at Portman Road – their fifth win from their last six matches.
Wood, who scored his second All Whites goal in Wednesday night’s ASB Summer International, began on the bench for the Robins but was introduced early as team mate and Australian international Neil Kilkenny left the field through injury in the 26th minute.
Winston Reid sat out West Ham United’s 2-0 win over Cardiff City after suffering a knock to the head against Jamaica while in the English Premiership, All Whites skipper Ryan Nelsen was straight back into the Tottenham Squad although watched from the bench as Spurs suffered what might be a title-killing 3-1 defeat to Manchester United this morning.
Rory Fallon was back in Aberdeen’s starting line-up as the Dons ended Celtic’s winning run in the Scottish Premier League with a 1-1 draw with Celtic at Pittodrie, and in Wales Greg Draper’s 16th goal of the season came was a dramatic 84th minute winner to clinch a 3-2 win for The New Saints over Bala Town.
With the Football Ferns competing at the Cyprus Cup, there was no kiwi influence over the Frauen Bundesliga this weekend but over in England New Zealand U-20 striker Katie Rood is reportedly close to signing with Women’s Super League side Lincoln Ladies.
Meanwhile, former New Zealand U-17 midfielder Cameron Howieson got a valuable 90 minutes for Burnley’s reserves in a 1-1 draw with Wrexham’s reserves.
Vancouver Whitecaps continued their pre-season on a winning note lifting the Disney Pro Soccer Classic trophy on Saturday. Michael Boxall played two full games during the week against Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City, keeping clean sheets in both victories, but sitting out the final win against Canadian rivals Toronto.
Fresh from making his All Whites debut on Wednesday night, Dan Keat was straight back into LA Galaxy starting line-up as they clinched the Diamond Cup with a penalty shootout win over New England Revolution, while Andy Boyens featured in a midweek 1-2 loss to his former New York Red Bulls.
Meanwhile, Jake Gleeson made a return to the Portland Timbers line-up playing the first half in a 1-1 draw with Chivas USA on Thursday.
The Wellington Phoenix consolidated third place in the A-League with a 2-0 win over crisis-club Gold Coast United in Wellington.
A Ben Sigmund header fell for captain Andrew Durante to open the scoring while Mark Paston had a relatively quiet but nonetheless solid outing. Tim Brown and Leo Bertos also backed up from Wednesday night’s international but Tony Lochhead missed the match through illness.
Michael McGlinchey also backed up after the ASB Summer International and his Central Coast Mariners side needed a late equaliser to claim a draw against Sydney that keeps them three points clear at the top of the table.
Jeremy Brockie and Marco Rojas both saw limited time in Newcastle Jets 3-1 win over Melbourne Victory in the Victorian capital with Rojas subbed at halftime for the home side and Brockie replacing former England striker Francis Jeffers in the 71st minute.