Late goal saves the day
Auckland City maintained their perfect start to the season when David Browne’s injury-time winner clinched victory over Waitakere United 1-0 at Fred Taylor Park on Saturday.
Danny Robinson’s crucial save from Fabrizio Tavano 17 minutes from time was looking like being one of the highlights of a derby largely bereft of goal scoring opportunities.
After Andy Boyens had headed inches over City’s crossbar in stoppage time, John Irving’s ball over the top released substitute Browne, who took his chance to secure Auckland’s win.
City are already five points clear of the chasing pack in the premiership and can extend that lead tonight in their final game at Kiwitea Street in 2014.
Ramon Tribulietx’s men take on the New Zealand Wanderers from 6pm, ahead of matches against Singapore Under-23s on Monday and Bodden Town, from the Cayman Islands, on November 19, in the inaugural OFC President’s Cup competition.
City’s academy squad squandered a half-time lead afforded them by Thomas Konusi’s freekick on Sunday.
The young men went down 2-1 to Auckland United in their ASB Youth League match at Kiwitea Street and they will seek redemption when they travel to Canterbury United this Sunday.
In ASB National Women’s League action, Auckland Football is poised to occupy one of the end-of-season playoff berths after edging Northern Football 1-0 in the ‘‘Battle of the Bridge’’.
A seventh-minute poacher’s goal from Melanie Gooch sealed the win on QBE Stadium’s turf pitch on Sunday.
Northern couldn’t find a way back into the contest with their predictable and, at times, robotic approach, highlighting their lack of X-factor.
Auckland can confirm their participation in the playoffs by beating Central Football at Palmerston North’s Memorial Park this Sunday.
Air battle: Auckland City FC’s Charlie Thomas, left, and Auckland United’s Nico Kirwan challenge for the ball.
Match winner, above: Auckland City’s David Browne, left, is congratulated by Emiliano Tade for scoring a goal in the final minutes.
Auckland City FC’s Ross McPhie in action.