Young at heart of City victory
Former South African striker Grant Young answered an SOS call from the Auckland City football side on Sunday, helping secure a 5-0 victory over Canterbury United with a hat-trick.
The 38-year-old peppered bottom-placed Canterbury’s goal during the New Zealand Football Championship match at Kiwitea St after retiring mid-season.
City coach Paul Posa says he asked Young to help out, with Keryn Jordan sidelined for two to three weeks with injury.
“What can you say – he was great. He’s got some wonderful skills and is pretty athletic.”
But it wasn’t just Young who had a good day, with Jonathan Raj and Milos Nikolic also slotting goals.
Posa says he’s particularly pleased with the number of goals his side has scored in recent games, after an 8-0 win over the Port Vila Sharks in an Oceania League fixture last month.
“We’re creating a lot of chances, though our finishing hasn’t always been the best.
“At the moment we’ve just got to keep building momentum and keep doing what we are doing.”
While City’s form has been sketchy at times this season after former coach Colin Tuaa vacated his post last year, Posa says things have settled down again.
“The attitude of the players has been fantastic. It’s never easy but they’ve put things behind them and are giving 100 percent.”
Auckland have this coming weekend off before a home-and-away semifinals series against Youngheart Manawatu kicks off in two weeks time.
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