Auck­land back on top

Auckland City Harbour News - - SPORT -

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.

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