Young at heart of City victory

Central Leader - - Sport - By Scott Mor­gan

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.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

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