Auck­land City at top

Central Leader - - SPORT - By JEREMY RUANE

A busy week of ac­tion saw Auck­land City FC open up a three-point lead at the top of the ASB Premier­ship ta­ble while the club’s academy side en­joys a sim­i­lar ad­van­tage atop the ASB Youth League.

City be­gan the week with a resched­uled ASB Premier­ship fix­ture on Wed­nes­day against the NZ Wan­der­ers at North Har­bour Sta­dium.

The ta­ble-top­pers even­tu­ally pre­vailed 2-0 thanks to a free kick from Alex Fener­idis on the hour and a stop­page time clincher from Emil­iano Tade.

Wan­der­ers fin­ished the match with 10 men on the park af­ter Cory Brown com­mit­ted his sec­ond book­able of­fence only seven min­utes from time.

The Navy Blues then took on Can­ter­bury United in a top-ofthe-ta­ble tus­sle at Ki­witea St on Sun­day, re­sult­ing in a 1-1 draw.

Stu Kelly brought a solid first minute save out of Ta­mati Wil­liams and City re­sponded by tak­ing an early lead with Adam Dick­in­son thun­der­ing home a long-range ef­fort in the eighth minute.

The visi­tors gave as good as they got and drew another save from Wil­liams af­ter 20 min­utes.

Can­ter­bury goal­keeper Adam High­field kept his team in the con­test early in the sec­ond spell, shut­ting down ef­forts from Daniel Ko­priv­cic, Alex Fener­idis and a wicked de­flec­tion off de­fender Tom Sch­warz which was des­tined to dou­ble City’s ad­van­tage.

The visi­tors came back on the hour mark with an ac­ro­batic vol­ley from Aaron Clapham lev­el­ling the scores.

Can­ter­bury was the dom­i­nant team in the fi­nal 30 min­utes but City stood firm to main­tain their un­beaten record de­spite fin­ish­ing the match with only 10 men af­ter sub­sti­tute Chris Bale was sent off.

Bale’s send-off means he will miss City’s next fix­ture against ri­vals Waitakere United at Fred Tay­lor Park on Sun­day.

City’s young charges are the only ones in the ASB Youth League’s North­ern Con­fer­ence, boast­ing a per­fect record af­ter the first three rounds of ac­tion, fol­low­ing a 3-1 win over Auck­land United on Sun­day.

The team will take on Waitakere United on Satur­day.

Charg­ing for­ward,

above: Auck­land’s Adam Dick­in­son breaks away from the pack to score the first goal of the game. Big hit: Auck­land de­fender Ivan Vicelich wins the ball ahead of Can­ter­bury’s Fed­erico Mar­quez.


Un­der con­trol: Alex Fener­idis of Auck­land City goes for gold in the match against Can­ter­bury United.

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