Auckland back on top
Auckland City has returned to the top of the table of the ASB Premiership.
After WaiBOP United upset Team Wellington, the Navy Blues just had to get passed third place Canterbury United on Sunday at ASB Park.
Ramon Tribulietx’s side duly obliged, going one point clear of Wellington with a game in hand to boot by downing the Cantabrians 1-nil.
A 55th minute goal from Ryan De Vries was enough to decide the outcome as the visitors netted their fourth straight victory.
City dominated possession and coach Tribulietx was satisfied with a winning performance against a well-organised Canterbury unit.
‘‘I’m pleased because I think we played a very good game structurally and individually everyone was really into it,’’ Tribulietx says.
‘‘It was just a matter of being patient and keep doing what we know works for us.’’
‘‘It’s always difficult to come down here, it’s a difficult away trip, but we played a good game.’’
The game finished with City player Takuya Iwata sent off in stoppage time for a physical challenge on Canterbury midfielder Stu Kelly.
This Sunday’s action sees three of the four matches in the round taking place in Auckland with City taking on last-placed Southern United at Kiwitea Street. All three should prove suitable appetisers to the main event of the day, when the Football Ferns take on DPR (North) Korea in a friendly international at Bill McKinlay Park from 7.30pm.
Table toppers: Mario Bilen of Auckland City clears the ball.