Friendly v New Zealand
NEW ZEALAND 0 DUNFERMLINE 1
Wellington, 28th June 2002
A lack of attacking punch worried coach Mick Waitt more than the All Whites` 0-1 soccer loss to
Scottish club Dunfermline Athletic here tonight.
Veteran striker Craig Brewster marked his debut
for the Scottish premier league club with a well-taken 69th minute goal to
clinch the match at WestpacTrust Stadium.
Waitt got the tough workout he wanted in the
countdown to next month`s Oceania Nations Cup. But Australia will hardly be trembling when they
get their hands on a tape of the game played before a disappointing crowd of
After the All Whites scored seven goals in two
outings in China last week, Waitt was disappointed Dunfermline goalkeeper
Scott Thomson was rarely tested. Manchester City striker Chris Killen looked likely but was limited to just two
attempts on goal and was isolated up front with Aaran Lines, Paul Urlovic and
second-half substitute Chris Bouckenhooghe reluctant to leave their flanks.
``I`m not that worried about the result but it`s
a bit disappointing because in China we did create chances and to be honest I
don`t think they caused us too many problems,`` Waitt said.
``At halftime we talked about the other two up
front being a little bit too wide and we did have two good chances after
halftime. It`s early days yet but no excuses.``
It took a lovely move to unlock the All Whites
defence when Scotland international Stevie Crawford worked a clever one-two
with substitute Gary Dempsey down the left to give Brewster a simple tap-in.
Killen hooked the All Whites` best chance wide
on the hour before Mark Burton had a good chance smothered by goalkeeper
Thomson. But Dunfermline pounced against the run of play
and despite Killen`s best efforts and the tireless work of Chris Jackson in
the midfield, the All Whites did not look capable of equalising.
Two fine saves from South Africa-based
goalkeeper Michael Utting will give Waitt plenty to ponder with one of his
three custodians to be jettisoned after Sunday`s second match against
Dunfermline in Auckland.
Dunfermline won a dull first half by a narrow
points decision. It was a snore until the Scottish side`s winger Sean
Kilgannon sent two shots whistling over the crossbar after 20 minutes and then
had a low drive tipped wide by a ping Utting.
Ladbrokes Championship: Saturday 18th March, Dunfermline v Ayr United kick off 3.00pm