Nar­row win or City

Central Leader - - Classifieds - By Jeremy Ruane

Nar­row vic­to­ries on the road for reign­ing New Zealand Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship ti­tle-hold­ers Auck­land City and archri­vals Waitakere United have added some spice to their up­com­ing clash this week­end.

A Matt Wil­liams goal five min­utes be­fore the in­ter­val saw City clinch a 1-0 victory over Team Welling­ton at New­town Park.

The winning mar­gin for the vis­i­tors could have been greater had the craft and guile added by sub­sti­tute Grant Young been prop­erly ex­ploited by his team­mates in dif­fi­cult play­ing con­di­tions.

Mean­while, Roy Kr­ishna’s solo strike three min­utes af­ter half-time at Memo­rial Park saw Waitakere home against Youngheart Manawatu.

This Sun­day’s third round sees Auck­land and Waitakere clash at Ki­witea St from 2pm, with both sides al­ready oc­cu­py­ing the top two places on the ta­ble.

Both teams are yet to con­cede a goal in early sea­son league action.

The match marks the 24th fix­ture be­tween the teams in their short his­tory, and the first of two in six days – they clash again in O-League action on the last Satur­day in the month.

Mean­while, in Na­tional Women’s League action, reign­ing cham­pi­ons Auck­land en­ter­tain Waikato-Bay of Plenty at Saint Kentigern Col­lege from 1pm.

Auck­land will look for­ward to the re­turn of a num­ber of their stars who have been on Foot­ball Ferns duty this week­end.

Anna Green, Kristy Hill, Maia Jack­man, An­nalie Longo, and Kirsty Yal­lop were all part of New Zealand’s start­ing line-up in their 2-1 loss to Ja­pan in Saitama City on Satur­day.

Photo: SHANE WENZLICK

Push and shove: Auck­land City’s Daniel Ko­priv­cic, right, tan­gles with Team Welling­ton’s Chris Davies for the ball dur­ing their NZFC match at New­town Park on Satur­day.

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