City hopes to beat the stum­bles

Central Leader - - Sport - By Jeremy Ruane

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.

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