Words: ACFC Media
Tuesday 26 November 2019
AUCKLAND, New Zealand - The pressure is off Auckland City FC as they wait for a possible slip-up in the National Youth League title race.
The Junior Navy Blues were in great form as they swept past the Wellington Phoenix in a 6-1 win on Sunday and coach Kris Bright is keen to see his team continue to enjoy themselves in the title run-in.
Waitakere United's six point advantage at the top of the table has been halved after their 3-2 loss to Eastern Suburbs AFC with Hamilton Wanderers also closing in on the west Aucklanders.
Bright described his delight with his team's emphatic display but said the initiative remains firmly in Waitakere United's hands despite their six game unbeaten run coming to an unexpected end last week.
The Junior Navy Blues appeared to play without pressure as they scored six goals in Porirua and thats the way Bright likes it as he also took time to praise the Phoenix.
"It was a comfortable win and the early goals killed the game of. To be fair to the Phoenix they played some good football at times.
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"They kept the ball well, they tried to attack but they couldn't seem to hurt us in our third.
"Our boys stuck to our game plan they really expressed themselves well and they attacked and attacked and every time we got the ball we looked to go forward.
"We were clinical in the final third and that was the making of the game for us," Bright said.
With two tough games left, the first against Tasman United and the final one away to Canterbury United, Bright wants more of the same from his team as Waitakere United close in on their third ever youth league title.
"We've go to keep doing what we've been doing.
"The last couple of games we've scored a few goals and they boys have enjoyed themselves and worked very hard.
"The title isn't in our control because if Waitakere United do their job and get six points they'll win the league.
"We have to concentrate on what we're doing like what we did on Sunday.
"There was no pressure on the boys at all they just went out and enjoyed themselves.
"That'll be the same message for the next two games and hopefully the results will come from that," he said.
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