City get the glory in national final
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.