Tade hat-trick seals City win

Central Leader - - SPORT - By JEREMY RUANE

Auck­land City FC is one step closer to their goal of bring­ing the ASB Pre­mier­ship ti­tle home to Ki­witea St for the first time in four years.

The Navy Blues over­pow­ered Hawkes Bay United 4-1 in 30-de­gree heat at Blue­wa­ter Sta­dium on Satur­day.

The vis­i­tors started strongly but only had Emil­iano Tade’s 35thminute goal to show for their ef­forts at half­time. Two goals in as many min­utes from Dar­ren White and Tade just af­ter the hour mark se­cured City’s unas­sail­able lead.

Tade com­pleted his hat-trick eight min­utes from time and put him­self well in charge of the Golden Boot stakes.

City will face archri­vals Waitakere on Sun­day at Fred Tay­lor Park.

The clubs’ ASB Na­tional Youth League sides will also clash at the same venue on Sun­day.

Auck­land City’s youth side needs to avoid de­feat to be named North­ern Con­fer­ence Cham­pi­ons and head to the fi­nals against Nel­son Marl­bor­ough Fal­cons in mid-March.

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