City premiership win caps superb season
There’s another trophy for the silverware cabinet at Kiwitea Street.
Sandringham-based football club Auckland City FC just keep dominating and their dream season continues, with another ASB Premiership football title to their name.
Easter Sunday’s 2-1 grand final victory over Hawke’s Bay United was another special moment.
The faithful fans have been treated to a dominant display from their side this season, from their thirdplace finish at the Fifa Club World Cup in December, followed by 13 wins from 14 matches in the national competition.
Coach Ramon Tribulietx says the team thoroughly deserved the title and it has been a ride that they couldn’t have done without their loyal supporters.
‘‘They’re always fantastic and they come in big numbers.’’ But the job is not done yet. City kick off their OFC Champions League title defence against Suva in Fiji on April 11, which will be a whole different beast again.
‘‘It’s early days and this is the number one competition for us,’’ Tribulietx says.
There will be plenty to reflect on from the ASB Premiership final, which actually didn’t start well for the defending champions.
The Navy Blues found themselves down 1-0 after Hawke’s Bay were awarded a penalty in the 19th minute after City’s Oscar Garcia infringed.
Ryan Tinsley calmly slotted the penalty to put the Bay in front, leaving City down a goal.
But any concerns the hosts would be behind for long were put aside, as new All Whites forward Ryan de Vries nailed the equaliser in the 38th minute.
City kicked it up a gear in the second half, before Marko Dordevic headed home a 62nd minute Darren White free kick for what would be the winner.
De Vries, who lives in Glenfield and works part- time in Ellerslie, topped off a memorable week with the All Whites.
The 23-year-old has won a few titles from his time at Waitakere and Auckland and says every one has been special.
‘‘Coming to Auckland City, everything they do is very professional. To be rewarded with a title is special.’’
Auckland City won the ASB Premiership football title 2-1.