City looking for a repeat win
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.