Auck­land wins Pres­i­dent’s Cup

Auckland City Harbour News - - SPORT - By JEREMY RUANE

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.

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