Great send-off for City coach

Auckland City Harbour News - - Sport - By Jeremy Ruane

Auck­land City farewelled head coach Colin Tuaa with a 3-1 win against Hawke’s Bay in the New Zealand Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship on Sun­day.

Tuaa’s res­ig­na­tion was a sur­prise an­nounce­ment be­fore the match.

He opted to stand down from his post for per­sonal rea­sons just as City re­gained the top of the NZFC ta­ble, af­ter losses in their two pre­vi­ous games.

They now lead the com­pe­ti­tion on goal dif­fer­ence from Waikato FC and YoungHeart Manawatu af­ter five rounds.

The out­go­ing coach saw his team dom­i­nate pro­ceed­ings early on in the match at Ki­witea Street, be­fore get­ting stung by a counter-at­tack­ing Leon Birnie goal on the quar­ter-hour.

Hawke’s Bay held that ad­van­tage un­til half-time, but 10 min­utes into the sec­ond spell, the vis­i­tors found them­selves trail­ing on the score­board thanks to a goal from Chad Coombes and a Paul Urlovic penalty.

The vis­i­tor’s coach, Jonathan Gould, made his thoughts about the ref­er­ee­ing in the match clear to the of­fi­cials and was sent to the stand for his trou­bles.

While striker Grant Young missed a chance to in­crease City’s ad­van­tage fur­ther, Urlovic sealed the victory 10 min­utes from time, send­ing a cheeky back-heel home thanks to a Matt Wil­liams cross.

City face a tough task next week when they put their NZFC af­fairs aside to con­cen­trate on the Ocea­nia Cham­pi­ons League.

They travel to Van­u­atu late this week to take on Port Vila Sharks in the Port Vila Mu­nic­i­pal Sta­dium from 4pm on Satur­day.


Winning ways: Auck­land City goal-scorer Paul Urlovic cel­e­brates with the fans af­ter their 3-1 victory over Hawke’s Bay in the New Zealand Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship on Sun­day.

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