Win puts City at the top of ta­ble

Central Leader - - SPORT - By JEREMY RUANE

Auck­land City kicked off their 2014 cam­paign on Sun­day with a 3-2 win over Team Welling­ton – a re­sult which puts the Navy Blues back at the top of the ASB Pre­mier­ship ta­ble.

Home team striker Emil­iano Tade opened the scor­ing at Ki­witea St from the penalty spot in the 10th minute af­ter City’s David Browne was taken down by Welling­ton and left the field with a bro­ken col­lar­bone.

Welling­ton came des­per­ately close to be­ing on level terms early in the se­cond half with a div­ing header from Hamish Wat­son only just be­ing kept out by Ta­mati Wil­liams, Mario Bilen and An­gel Ber­langa.

It sparked a counter-at­tack with Ryan de Vries deftly lob­bing home over the stranded Ja­cob Spoon­ley a mere 30 sec­onds later.

When Tade thumped home a third just af­ter the hour mark, the game ap­peared up for the visi­tors.

Welling­ton changed their tac­tics dur­ing the se­cond spell and scored two goals in as many min­utes from Henry Fa’ar­odo and Char­lie Henry in­side the fi­nal 10 min­utes of the match.

But the con­sis­tent ti­tle con­tenders held on to pre­vail 3-2, de­spite sub­sti­tute Adam Dick­in­son be­ing sent off in stop­page time.

City will head to John Kerkhof Park in Cam­bridge on Satur­day to take on Waikato Bay of Plenty United.

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