Soccer: Waikato thrashed by Waitakere

By Terry Maddaford

Waikato FC coach Mark Cossey left Porritt Stadium yesterday knowing full well how Ricki Herbert must have felt after the Wellington Phoenix slumped to a worst-ever 7-1 A-League loss in Sydney on Saturday night.

Less than 24 hours later, Cossey was left contemplating an even more embarrassing 9-1 loss to ASB Premiership leaders Waitakere United.

In equalling the league record they set over Canterbury United in 2007-08 and which was repeated last season by Canterbury United over YoungHeart Manawatu, Paul Marshall's Waitakere handed hapless Waikato their biggest loss - two goals worse than the 7-1 hiding, also by Waitakere, in 2005-06.

It could have been a lot worse. Waitakere scored six unanswered goals between the 10th and 27th minutes to lead 6-0 at the break. Debutante Sunny Singh needed just five minutes after his 55th-minute introduction to score his first goal but that was a temporary stay before the visitors scored three in the last 10 minutes as Allan Pearce and Roy Krishna completed hat-tricks.

- Hamilton News

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