Auckland City at their best
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.