Late goal saves the day

Auckland City Harbour News - - SPORT - By JEREMY RUANE

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.

Pho­tos: PHOTOTEK

Air bat­tle: Auck­land City FC’s Charlie Thomas, left, and Auck­land United’s Nico Kir­wan chal­lenge for the ball.

In con­trol:

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.

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