City get the glory in na­tional fi­nal

Central Leader - - Sport - By Jeremy Ruane

A last-minute goal by Paul Urlovic gave Auck­land City the New Zealand Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship fi­nal at Dou­glas Field on Sun­day.

The game against Waitakere United was locked 1-1 with two min­utes left on the clock un­til Urlovic stripped Jake But­ler of pos­ses­sion, then sent the ball through keeper Richard Gille­spie’s hands, giv­ing his team the 2-1 win.

Ear­lier in the match Al­lan Pearce gave United the lead on the quar­ter­hour af­ter Roy Kr­ishna rat­tled City’s cross­bar with a header in­side the first five min­utes.

But it took a bit of magic from for­mer South African in­ter­na­tional Keryn Jor­dan to lock the game up in the 78th minute.

The cross-town ri­vals meet at Dou­glas Field again on Sun­day from 3pm, this time with qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the Ocea­nia Cham­pi­ons League grand fi­nal at stake.

Waitakere must win to fin­ish top of the ta- ble while City can af­ford a draw in their fi­nal round-robin clash.

The even­tual win­ner will bat­tle it out with Solomon Is­lands cham­pi­ons Koloale FC, on April 18 and May 2 for the O-League ti­tle and a place at the Fifa Club World Cup in the United Arab Emi­rates later this year.

City also re­claimed the Na­tional Youth League ti­tle with a 6-4 win in ex­tra time over the hold­ers Waitakere United in the grand fi­nal cur­tain­raiser.

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