Auck­land City hop­ing for 10 wins in a row

Auckland City Harbour News - - SPORT -

Auck­land City will be hop­ing to make it 10 wins in a row this week­end when they take on Welling­ton Phoenix re­serves in the ASB Premier­ship.

The Navy Blues downed arch-ri­vals ri­vals Waitakere United 1-0 at Ki­witea St on Sun­day in the 49th derby be­tween the two clubs.

The lone goal score­line came about in the ninth minute cour­tesy of an­other Ivan Car­ril free-kick from just out­side the penalty area.

Os­car Garcia should have dou­bled City’s ad­van­tage from the penalty spot nine min­utes later but hit the post.

An­other Car­ril free-kick rat­tled the post seven min­utes into the sec­ond half with the vis­i­tors lucky to be only one goal be­hind.

Skip­per Ivan Vicelich was sat­is­fied with the per­for­mance but lamented the missed op­por­tu­ni­ties.

‘‘I thought we played quite well and cre­ated chances in the first half but Sam Burfoot missed from six yards and we had a penalty hit the post.

‘‘Go­ing in at half­time I thought we could be ahead by more goals but I think the boys did well to hang on to that win,’’ he says.

Auck­land City will be hop­ing to carry that mo­men­tum into their last regular sea­son match of the com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘It’s good to get a win un­der the belt and hope­fully an­other win next week. Waitakere played re­ally well to­day and we’re ex­pect­ing the same from the Phoenix next week,’’ Vicelich says.

Good knock: Eden Roskill’s Shaneil Sharma ac­knowl­edges the ap­plause as he leaves the field dis­ap­pointed af­ter scor­ing a very good 89 runs.


Su­per spin: Grafton’s Di­lan Peris pre­pares to de­ceive the bats­man with a turn­ing de­liv­ery.

Ea­gle eye: Auck­land’s Ivan Car­ril cel­e­brates scor­ing the only goal of the match.

In con­trol: Os­car Garcia drib­bles the ball up the field.

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