City hopes to beat the stumbles
Improvement is something Auckland City football coach Paul Posa will be looking for when his side takes on New Caledonian champions AS Magenta in O-League this Sunday.
Despite some impressive form in their first two matches of the season, City stumbled on Sunday, being held to a scoreless draw by Otago United during their New Zealand Football Championship match at Carisbrook.
City enjoyed the better of the exchanges, but failed to make the most of the opportunities they created thanks to the resolute defending of Otago duo Tim Horner and Chris Jenkinson.
Otago keeper James Wag- gett was also prominent in containing City’s firepower, with one of his saves denying Ki Hyung Lee a goal from 55 metres.
“We did not make enough clear chances, and in the face of Otago’s determination, we were not good enough,” Posa says.
Auckland City take on AS Magenta at Kiwitea Street on Sunday from 2pm.
Meanwhile the Auckland women’s side began their quest to add another National Women’s League title to their trophy cabinet with a comfortable 7-1 win over the Young Ferns at Riverhills Park on Sunday.
Captain Kirsty Yallop gave herself an early 23rd birthday present with a four-goal haul.
It was a rusty display by the “A Team”, with many of Richard Wilson’s squad taking to the field for the first time in at least six weeks.
Goals in the 27th and 29th minutes from Auckland’s skipper settled the contest, but Young Ferns striker Brittany Dudley-Smith pulled one back with a fine solo effort half-way through the second spell.
That goal served to awaken Auckland from their slumber, rattling home five more goals in the remaining 23 minutes.
Kristy Hill, Dana Humby and Rebecca Tegg were the other goal scorers for Auckland.
Auckland head to Taupo on Saturday to take on WaikatoBay of Plenty in a 1pm encounter at Crown Reserve.