Auck­land City at their best

Central Leader - - SPORT - By JEREMY RUANE

Auck­land City bounced back to their win­ning ways at Ki­witea St on Sun­day, eclips­ing Youngheart Manawatu 4-0 in their ASB Premier­ship en­counter.

City stormed to a two-goal lead in a four minute spell in­side the first quar­ter thanks to goals from Chris Bale and Emil­iano Tade.

The reign­ing O-League cham­pi­ons gen­er­ally played their op­po­nents off the park through­out the re­main­der of the first half.

Manel Ex­pos­ito put the re­sult be­yond doubt from the penalty spot four min­utes be­fore half­time.

A goal from David Browne 20 min­utes from time was de­nied sec­onds af­ter­wards by the off­side flag.

Manawatu looked to head home with a con­so­la­tion goal prior to the fi­nal whis­tle but City kept their ri­vals at arm’s length.

City go into the Christ­mas break in fourth place on the ta­ble.

They are eight points be­hind lead­ers Waitakere United but with two games in hand.

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