Sub­urbs and Auck­land face con­trast­ing fates

Central Leader - - SITUATIONS VACANT - SAMHEWAT

Two very dif­fer­ent paths lie in front of Auck­land sis­ter clubs Eastern Sub­urbs and Auck­land City FC in the Stir­ling Sports Premier­ship.

For Auck­land City, a last­minute 2-1 win against Sub­urbs on Sun­day en­sured they won their fourth-straight mi­nor premier­ship. They now look to­wards a two-week win­dow of Ocea­nia Foot­ball Con­fed­er­a­tion Cham­pi­ons League matches be­fore the semi­fi­nals of the Stir­ling Sports Premier­ship in midMarch.

As for Sub­urbs - who des­per­ately needed points in their fi­nal game on Sun­day - the loss to Auck­land City has their fate in the com­pe­ti­tion hang­ing by a thread.

They now have a two week wait as they pray Hamil­ton Wan­der­ers do the im­pos­si­ble and beat Hawkes Bay - who are be­hind on the ta­ble by just one point - in the fi­nal round robin match of the premier­ship on March 19.

Sub­urbs coach Mal­colm McPher­son said the break was not ideal for his play­ers who would be with­out sus­tained com­pe­ti­tion. But it gave them a good chance to re­gather, he said.

‘‘We’re go­ing to give the boys a few days off,’’ McPher­son said.

‘‘Men­tally, I think it’d be good for them to have a break.’’

‘‘Fin­gers crossed that Hamil­ton do what prob­a­bly no one is ex­pect­ing them to do.’’

PHOTOTEK

Auck­land City’s Dae Wook Kim and Eastern Sub­urbs’ Osita Henry Chikere con­test the ball in the air.

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