Champs on track for final
Auckland City have edged closer to the ASB Premiership final with a 2-0 victory over Waitakere United at Fred Taylor Park in the first leg of their semifinal showdown on March 21.
This week the reigning champions head back home to Kiwitea St as they look to knock their archrivals out of the competition.
Ryan de Vries opened the scoring in the 27th minute as Auckland took a stranglehold on the game.
After Waitakere were reduced to 10 men just before halftime, Auckland City’s Oscar Garcia struck to give the away side a two-goal advantage.
City dominated possession in the second half and the lead could have been extended but chances were squandered.
Team Wellington drew first blood in the other semifinal away from home, downing Hawkes Bay United 2-1 in Napier.
Auckland City also hosted its annual under-17 tournament on the weekend at Seddon Fields with the Three Kings United women’s team the big winners.
They defeated Coastal Spirit 2-0 in the final to clinch the crown without conceding a goal in their seven matches, while scoring 21 goals themselves.
Onehunga Sports lost 5-3 on penalties to Birkenhead United in the men’s tournament final.
Great result: Three Kings United, winners of the women’s championship in the Under-17 Youth Tournament.
Turf war: David Browne and Harshae Raniga battle it out on the pitch.