Win is twice as sweet for City

Central Leader - - Sport - By Jeremy Ruane

It was deja vu for the Auck­land City foot­ball side af­ter they de­feated Waitakere United on Sun­day at Dou­glas Field for the sec­ond time in as many weeks.

The 3-1 win in the last round robin match of the Ocea­nia Cham­pi­ons League fol­lows a victory over Waitakere in the New Zealand Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship grand fi­nal the pre­vi­ous week.

City will now face Solomon Is­lands cham­pi­ons Koloale FC twice in an O-League grand fi­nal home and away se­ries, with the win­ner qual­i­fy­ing for De­cem­ber’s Fifa Club World Cup in the United Arab Emi­rates.

Both teams had a player sent off in the fiercely con­tested af­fair, with City’s Greg Uhlmann given his march­ing or­ders along with Waitakere de­fender Neil Em­blen.

Auck­land’s Matt Friel opened the scor­ing af­ter 68 min­utes hav­ing spot­ted United keeper Danny Robin­son off his line.

From 40 me­tres Friel pro­duced a per­fect lobbed free-kick that de­feated Robin­son to the de­light of the City faith­ful. United had to go for it, and in do­ing so left them­selves vul­ner­a­ble to a counter-at­tack, which striker Keryn Jor­dan took ad­van­tage of, putting his side 2-0 up with 15 min­utes to go.

And four min­utes later sub­sti­tute Adam McGeorge scored af­ter latch­ing on to a Jor­dan pass to seal the win for City.

Roy Kr­ishna pulled out a con­so­la­tion goal for Waitakere in the 83rd minute.

City’s matches against Koloale are in Ho­niara on April 25 and at Ki­witea Street on May 3.

Mean­while in North­ern Premier League action reign­ing cham­pi­ons Cen­tral United got off to a fly­ing start, de­feat­ing Bay Olympic 9-2.

Lynn-Avon United over­came Metro 2-1 and One­hunga Sports drew 3-3 with Hamil­ton Wan­der­ers.

In North­ern Premier Women’s League action Three Kings United scored a hard-fought 10 win over Claude­lands Rovers, while Lynn-Avon were held to a score­less draw by East­ern Sub­urbs.

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