Venue switch for Junior Navy Blues

Words: ACFC Media

Friday 29 November 2019

Picture: Phototek

AUCKLAND, New Zealand - There is a change of venue for Auckland City FC's National Youth League clash with Tasman United on Saturday.

The original fixture was scheduled for the Croatian Club but has now been transferred to Kiwitea Street.

The kick-off time remains the same with the game commencing at 12pm NZST.

Kris Bright's team remain in the hunt for a third consecutive National Youth League title but must win their final two games and hope that pace setters Waitakere United and fellow challengers Hamilton Wanderers both drop points along the way.

For the full standings of the National Youth League click here.


AUDIO - "No title pressure on us" - Bright

Match Details
National Youth League
Saturday 30 November 2019
Auckland City FC v Tasman United
Kiwitea Street, Sandringham
Kick-off: 12pm NZST

AC: Luca TAYLOR (GK), Sam BOTTOMLEY (GK), Brad WILSON, Nathan LOBO, Callum McNEILL, Dhanush CHANDRA, Nic MILICICH, Matthew HODGSON, Malcolm YOUNG, Aidan CAREY (c), Louis MIDDELDORP, Corban PIPER, Matthew ELLIS, Deandre VOLLEHOVEN, Finn McCRACKEN, Thomas DRILLIEN.



Round 8

Saturday 30 November, 2019
Hamilton Wanderers v Wellington Phoenix
Porritt Stadium, Hamilton - kick-off: 11am NZST

Hawke's Bay United v Eastern Suburbs AFC
Bluewater Stadium, Napier - kick-off: 12pm NZST

Waitakere United v Southern United
Seddon Fields, Auckland - kick-off: 12pm NZST

Auckland City FC v Tasman United
Kiwitea Street, Auckland - kick-off: 12pm NZST

Team Wellington v Cantebury United
Ole Academy, Wellington - kick-off: 1.30pm NZST

Round 9

Saturday 7 December, 2019
Tasman United v Wellington Phoenix
Saxton Field, Nelson - kick-off: 12pm NZST

Southern United v Hawke's Bay United
Logan Park, Dunedin - kick-off: 1pm NZST

Eastern Suburbs AFC v Team Wellington
Ngahue Reserve, Auckland - kick-off: 2pm NZST

Sunday 8 December, 2019
Canterbury United v Auckland City FC
English Park, Christchurch - kick-off: 11am NZST

Hamilton Wanderers v Waitakere United
Porritt Stadium, Hamilton - kick-off: 11am NZST


1. Waitakere United: Played 7, Won 6, Drew 0, Lost 1, Points: 18

Goal Difference: +9

30.11.19 v Southern United (H)
08.12.19 v Hamilton Wanderers (A)

Waitakere United need four points to win the National Youth League title
and must be confident of picking up a home win over second to last
placed Southern United in their penultimate game. Where it gets tricky
for the west Aucklanders is playing their final match away to title
contenders Hamilton Wanderers.

2. Auckland City FC: Played 7, Won 5, Drew 0, Lost 2, Points: 15

Goal Difference: +13

30.11.19 v Tasman United (H)
08.12.19 v Canterbury United (A)

Auckland City FC have been in this position before, having to win their
remaining games and hope results go their way. Auckland City FC will be
favourites to beat Tasman United but their final game, away to
Canterbury United, will be a tough one. Like Hamilton Wanderers, Team
Wellington and Tasman United, the Junior Navy Blues fate is largely out
of their control but experience of winning last season's title could
play a crucial role should the pressure tell.

3. Hamilton Wanderers: Played 7, Won 5, Drew 0, Lost 2, Points: 15

Goal Difference: +9

30.11.19 v Wellington Phoenix (H)
07.12.19 v Waitakere United (H)

Hamilton Wanderers will be hoping that Southern United do them an
unlikely favour in Round 8 when they take on Waitakere United but the
Porritt Stadium-based youngsters will have to ensure they do their part
and dispatch the Wellington Phoenix in their next game. If they do that,
they can turn their final match of the season - also at home - into a
cup final with Waitakere United where anything is possible.

4. Team Wellington: Played 7, Won 4, Drew 1, Lost 2, Points: 13

Goal Difference: +5

30.11.19 v Canterbury United (H)
07.12.19 v Eastern Suburbs AFC (A)

Team Wellington have done well to haul themselves into the mix but if
Waitakere United defeat Southern United, as they are expected to,
TeeDubs faint title hopes will expire. Two wins from two difficult games
would put pressure on the contenders but inconsistencies throughout the
season suggest a run of that type might be beyond them. Their goal
difference is also an issue they need to improve.

5. Tasman United: Played 7, Won 4, Drew 0, Lost 3, Points: 12

Goal Difference: +3

30.11.19 v Auckland City FC (A)
07.12.19 v Wellington Phoenix (H)

Two wins will see Tasman United go level on points with Waitakere United
providing the league leaders and Hamilton Wanderers drop points. Like
Team Wellington, it appears highly unlikely Tasman United will be able
to shrug off season-long inconsistencies to produce the type of form
required to create a three-way split for the championship and they'll
need a very special result and performance to take anything off of
Auckland City FC. Goal difference is also weak compared with other


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2010 - Canterbury United
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