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.