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Auck­land City FC’s academy squad re­mains well on course to claim a grand fi­nal spot in the ASB Na­tional Youth League af­ter scor­ing solid vic­to­ries on Thurs­day and Satur­day.

The wins put City within five points of tak­ing out the North­ern Con­fer­ence.

First half goals from Re­gont Mu­rati, Thomas Konusi and Ti­nashe Marowa earned City a 3-0 win against bot­tom-placed Hawkes Bay United on Wai­tangi Day.

The team fol­lowed up with a 6-1 trounc­ing of NZ Wan­der­ers at Sed­don Fields two days later.

A strike by Ti­nashe Mo­rawa in first-half stop­page time af­forded City the ini­tial ad­van­tage but Wan­der­ers’ Ni­nos Eshow scored just four min­utes into the sec­ond spell.

Within 15 min­utes City’s Sam Brother­ton, Ni­co­las Zam­brano and Thomas Konusi had es­tab­lished City’s su­pe­ri­or­ity on the score­board and another two goals from Brother­ton bol­stered the team’s im­mense goal dif­fer­ence.

Auck­land City’s academy squad take on WaiBOP United at John Kerkhof Park on Satur­day.

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