City thrashed as club Cup awaits

Central Leader - - SPORT - By JEREMY RUANE

Auck­land City’s win­ning streak came to an end in a 4-0 drub­bing by Team Wellington at the week­end.

De­spite the loss, City hold onto top spot on the ASB Premier­ship lad­der in their last match on New Zealand soil be­fore they head for the Fifa Club World Cup in Morocco.

Team Wellington main­tain their own un­beaten start with three wins and two draws.

An un­marked Mike Gwyther opened the scor­ing in the 20th minute which was the only goal in the first half.

City were un­lucky not to be awarded a penalty as ap­peals fell on deaf ears after for­mer City man Alex Fener­idis took down Tim Payne in the area.

Wellington dou­bled their ad­van­tage on the hour-mark through Luis Cor­rales, quickly fol­lowed by a sec­ond yel­low card for City’s Marko Dorde­vic hand­ing Wellington the ad­van­tage for the rest of the match.

The loss comes just be­fore City take on Uzbek­istan’s na­tional side this Satur­day in an in­ter­na­tional friendly in the lead up to the club World Cup fi­nals.

Auck­land take on Moroc­can cham­pi­ons Moghreb Ath­letic de Te­touan in Ra­bat at 7.30am (NZ time) on De­cem­ber 11 for a spot in the quar­ter-fi­nals.

Auck­land’s Ju­nior Blues recorded their third win of the ASB Na­tional Youth League sea­son on Satur­day, clinch­ing a 2-0 win over Hawkes Bay United.

City’s young­sters next take on Manawatu United from 2pm on Sun­day at the Croa­t­ian Cul­tural Club.


Di­rect hit: Eden Roskill’s Saahil Castelino is clean bowled.

Im­pres­sive dis­play: John Dolan re­turned great fig­ures of 5/55.

Steam­ing in: Eden Roskill’s Azhar Ab­bas in ac­tion.

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