Wellington Phoenix A 0, WaiBOP United 2
Eden Park, Auckland, December 13 2014
I’ll hear no more talk of me jinxing WaiBOP United THANK you very much because it’s over! The drought has been broken! The curse is lifted! Jinxes are soooooooooooo 2013/14 because in 2014/15 I have a 100% record! Every time I have seen them play this season WaiBOP United have won and won comfortably – by at least two clear goals. Every time they have dominated their opponents and every single time without fail they have kept a clean sheet!
I’m sorry, what’s that you say? Oh sod off with your obscure statistical theories about small sample sizes… I won’t have it. Facts are facts, and the fact is I am now, officially, WaiBOP United’s good luck charm! So there!!
WaiBOP might also request the chance to play all their games as curtain raisers to the Phoenix. They came from behind twice to only go down 3-2 to competition heavyweights Team Wellington at Westpac Stadium in round 7 last season, and the season before Mark Cossey’s first game in charge of Waikato FC yielded a 3-2 victory at Westpac. As Meatloaf would say, two out of three ain’t bad, and the one defeat was a very creditable one. Ok, so Meatloaf probably wouldn’t have said the last bit but you get the idea.
The other nice thing about this game for me was it was the first time I have seen former Ngaruawahia United fav Federico Marquez in a WaiBOP shirt. He was all set to play for the blue and red outfit last season when he was cruelly snatched away by Canterbury United, but he’s back where he belongs now and making a massive contribution. Anyone looking for a man of the match from this fixture would find it hard to go past his scoring both goals and proving a constant threat with some delightful touches.
But all over the park, it was a dominant display by WaiBOP and the result was never in much doubt. The ‘Wee Nix’, as they are colloquially known, improved a bit in the second half and had the odd chance of their own but Marquez had already done the damage in the first with two goals in reasonably quick succession. One was a nice run followed by a bending strike and the other more of a bludgeon from close range, stretching to get on the end of a Mark Jones pass well inside the 6 yard box.
I am looking forward to using my newfound Midas touch to rain riches down upon my favourite ASB Premiership team again on as many more occasions as possible this season. As soon as they are back in Cambridge I plan to be there. Proud and unapologetic! Ushering in more comfortable three point pick-ups. You can count on it.
It’s OK Dwayne and Peter, you can hold off distributing those photos of me with “BARRED” stamped across them to the volunteers on the gate at John Kerkhof…
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