Western Springs al­most pull it off

Auckland City Harbour News - - SPORT -

Western Springs AFC are prov­ing they can give even foot­ball’s Ocea­nia cham­pi­ons a run for their money.

The North­ern Re­gion Foot­ball League Se­cond Divi­sion ti­tle-hold­ers were held to a 1-0 de­feat by Auck­land City FC on Septem­ber 19 af­ter a se­cond half strike by Dar­ren White.

Auck­land City were the bet­ter side for much of the con­test but they had to over­come a Western Springs side ea­ger to match them.

They al­most pro­duced a shock equaliser when Alec Beres­ford all but latched on to a near post cross with sub­sti­tute goal­keeper Oliver Sail stranded.

It took Auck­land City un­til af­ter the in­ter­val to edge ahead af­ter only a week of train­ing.

Auck­land City coach Ra­mon Tribu­li­etx says it was good prac­tice for the navy blues ahead of tonight’s pre-sea­son friendly against Fi­jian giants Ba.

‘‘I thought Western Springs did very well, they did a lot of de­fend­ing and they gave us a good game and that’s what we needed.’’

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