Auck­land City get shot at re­demp­tion in fi­nal


The suc­cess of Auck­land City Foot­ball Club’s 19-game sea­son comes down to one match at QBE Sta­dium on Sun­day.

They take on Team Welling­ton in the fi­nal of the Stir­ling Sports Premier­ship in what could be best de­scribed as a re­demp­tion match. The two teams met in the 2016 grand fi­nal with Team Welling­ton shock­ing the favourites with a 4-2 win in ex­tra time.

And this year prom­ises to be just as tense, with City and Team Welling­ton fin­ish­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son in first and sec­ond.

While it’s City’s fifth con­sec­u­tive fi­nal, and ninth over­all, there is no com­pla­cency and coach Ra­mon Tribu­li­etx wants to re­in­force to his play­ers that this isn’t about ret­ri­bu­tion.

‘‘There’s no re­venge or any­thing like that,’’ Tribu­li­etx said.

‘‘We need to un­der­stand why we lost that fi­nal last year and how Team Welling­ton are go­ing to try and hurt us this year.’’

City may have the ad­van­tage this time round how­ever, tak­ing so­lace in the fact they’ve beaten Team Welling­ton twice this sea­son - both times in con­vinc­ing fash­ion.

How­ever, Tribu­li­etx said that meant for lit­tle when it came to play­ing in a fi­nal.

‘‘I don’t think it counts too much,’’ he said.

‘‘We have to re­spect that they would have prob­a­bly changed things since those games.’’


Auck­land City will call on ex­pe­ri­enced minds this Sun­day as they con­test the fi­nal of the Stir­ling Sports Premier­ship.

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