Auck­land City champs can take a break

Auckland City Harbour News - - SPORT -

Auck­land City can re­lax and put their feet up this week­end.

With a top spot in the ASB Premier­ship ce­mented af­ter their 3-1 victory over Can­ter­bury United at Ki­witea St on Sun­day, a well-earned rest awaits.

First place is guar­an­teed for the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons head­ing into the semi­fi­nals next month with sec­ond­placed Team Welling­ton too far be­hind to catch them.

But com­fort is not yet in the team’s hori­zons as City pre­pare for their penul­ti­mate regular sea­son fix­ture with cross-town ri­vals Waitakere Utd on March 8.

City’s win­ning streak is now at eight in the premier­ship, a run of form which has seen them be­come el­i­gi­ble to be the coun­try’s sec­ond rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the 2015-16 OFC Cham­pi­ons League, should New Zealand be en­ti­tled to two en­tries.

But they didn’t have it all their own way against the boys from the south.

Can­ter­bury Utd went straight to work against the top dogs on Sun­day, de­spite their eighth-ranked po­si­tion in the ta­ble.

Mark Peers got the vis­i­tors on the board at the 15-minute mark.

But City’s class shone through 15 min­utes later when Ivan Car­ril pro­duced yet an­other goal from a free­kick.

The mo­men­tum of the match swung back to­wards Auck­land City early in the sec­ond half when Os­car Garcia nudged his side in front when he slot­ted home from the penalty spot on 56 min­utes.

Can­ter­bury’s fad­ing play­off hopes took an­other hit when Joao Mor­eira scored his first goal for the sea­son, shoot­ing be­yond Adam High­field 10 min­utes later to make it 3-1.

Photo: PHOTOTEK

Fa­cial treat­ment: Can­ter­bury’s Cory Mitchell clob­bers Auck­land’s Ivan Car­ril.

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