Auckland City at top
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.
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.