City looking for a re­peat win

Central Leader - - Sport - By Jeremy Ruane

Auck­land City se­cured a come-from-be­hind 2-1 victory against crosstown ri­vals Waitakere United in their New Zealand Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship match at Ki­witea Street on Sun­day.

The fea­ture third-round fix­ture saw the vis­i­tors re- duced to 10 men for the ma­jor­ity of the match af­ter Martin Bul­lock was sent off for a foul on City keeper Paul Gothard five min­utes into the con­test.

United keeper Paul Robin­son kept his team in the match for the bulk of the first half, be­fore team­mate Ja­son Row­ley headed home a Jeremy Christie free-kick 12 min­utes be­fore half-time.

But Waitakere’s ad­van­tage lasted just seven min­utes, with City en­sur­ing par­ity at half-time cour­tesy of cap­tain and All White de­fender Ivan Vicelich, who headed home a Chad Coombes cross to level the scores.

De­spite their nu­mer­i­cal su­pe­ri­or­ity, the home team picked up a num­ber of book­ings as their frus­tra­tion in be­ing un­able to break down United’s de­fence boiled over.

How­ever with 10 min­utes re­main­ing ev­er­green striker Grant Young found the back of the net to clinch the win for City.

Auck­land, who lead the NZFC, will look to re­peat Sun­day’s win against Waitakere at Fred Tay­lor Park on Satur­day from 3pm, this time with Ocea­nia Foot­ball Con­fed­er­a­tion Cham­pion’s League points at stake.

Mean­while, Auck­land booked a home semi­fi­nal in the Lion Foun­da­tion Na­tional Women’s League on Sun­day af­ter beat­ing Waikato-Bay of Plenty 5-0 at a windswept Saint Kentigern Col­lege.

Cap­tain Kirsty Yal­lop was the star of the show, scor­ing four of her side’s goals.

On Sun­day Auck­land take on the Young Ferns, New Zealand’s un­der-17 squad, at North Har­bour Sta­dium from 1pm.

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