Champs on track for fi­nal

Auckland City Harbour News - - SPORT - By JEREMY RUANE

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.

Pho­tos: PHOTOTEK

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.

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