Auckland wins President’s Cup
Auckland City have won the inaugural OFC President’s Cup after coming from behind to beat Amicale FC 2-1 in the final at The Trusts Arena.
Amicale opened the scoring which set up a classic come-from-behind victory from the Navy Blues on Sunday night.
It wasn’t until the 63rd minute when star goal scorer Emiliano Tade found the back of the net for Auckland after a brilliant piece of teamwork with Ryan De Vries.
After the equaliser the game burst into life with both sides pushing forward in the hopes of scoring the match winner. It was De Vries, on the back of a deft touch from Tim Payne, who sealed victory in the 78th minute.
Auckland City now set their sights back on the ASB Premiership as they take on Team Wellington this weekend.
Auckland have missed out on a playoffs spot in the ASB National Women’s league on the back of a 6-2 loss to the New Zealand Under-18 Development Squad.
From the first whistle the development side were on the front foot with Martine Puketapu scoring the first of her two goals in the 10th minute. Auckland’s Sam Muirhead struck back in the final two minutes before halftime to level the scores.
Early in the second half Auckland was left a mountain to climb as the under-18s put two goals in the back of the net in as many minutes.
Muirhead tried to keep her side in it, scoring a 69th minute stunner taking the scores to 3-2.
In their hunt for an equaliser the Auckland girls ran out of steam and the young development squad put three more goals away.
The result means the under-18s will take on Capital Football in next Sunday’s semifinal, with Auckland missing out on goal difference.
The Auckland ASB National Youth League side will look to redeem themselves this weekend when they travel to Hawkes Bay United on Saturday. Auckland City Youth suffered a 4-1 loss to New Zealand Wanderers at Kiwitea St at the weekend.