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Vollenhoven seals three-in-a-row

Words: ACFC Media

Sunday 8 December 2019

Picture: Phototek

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand - Auckland City FC are National Youth League champions for the third season in a row thanks to a Deandre Vollenhoven goal in a 2-1 win over Canterbury on a day of nail-biting drama across the country.

Auckland City FC needed a win to cement an historic third consecutive title and all was going to plan when Aidan Carey stabbed home the opening goal on the half hour mark at English Park.

The Junior Navy Blues were denied by top goalkeeping from Harrison Rowe and also saw a Bradley Wilson shot hit the post in the second half.

But the roof came crashing in after an hour when Seth Simpson grabbed a shock equaliser, and with Waitakere United taking a 1-0 lead over Hamilton Wanderers, the title pressure mounted.

Jackson Woods, who missed the bulk of the campaign, was thrown on midway through the second half in a desperate search of a way back into the match.

Canterbury United put in stubborn resistance against wave after wave of Junior Navy Blues attacks until Deandre Vollenhoven delivered the decisive blow four minutes into additional time to send the Auckland City FC support into raptures.

At almost the same time, Hamilton Wanderers went 2-1 up over Waitakere United but that result was rendered meaningless as Bright and his players got over the line in the most dramatic of circumstances.

The National Youth League run of 19 seasons now comes to an end with the Junior Navy Blues the most successful team during it's lifetime with seven titles, including winning back-to-back titles three times, the only club to do so. 

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Match Details
National Youth League
Sunday 8 December 2019
Canterbury United 1 (Seth SIMPSON 60')
Auckland City FC 2 (Aidan CAREY 32', Deandre VOLLEHOVEN 90+4')
HT: 0-1.

AC: 18. Luca TAYLOR (GK), 2. Nathan LOBO, 4. Nick MILICICH, 6. Callum McNEILL, 7. Matthew HODGSON, 10, Matthew ELLIS (8. Miles PALMER 72'), 11. Deandre VOLLENHOVEN (5. Dhanush CHANDRA 90+4'), 16. Corban PIPER (3. Jackson WOODS), 17. Thomas DRILLIEN, 19. Bradley WILSON, 23. Aidan CAREY (21. Finn McCRACKEN 80').

SUBS NOT USED: 1. Sam BOTTOMLEY (GK).

COACH: Kris BRIGHT.

National Youth League

Played Saturday 7 December 2019

Eastern Suburbs AFC 4
Team Wellington 6

Tasman United 0
Wellington Phoenix 3

Southern United 2
Hawke's Bay United 3

Played Sunday 8 December 2019
Hamilton Wanderers 2
Waitakere United 1

ROLL OF HONOUR - NATIONAL YOUTH LEAGUE

2020 - Auckland City FC
2019 - Auckland City FC
2018 - Auckland City FC
2017 - Hamilton Wanderers
2016 - Team Wellington
2015 - Nelson Marlborough Falcons
2014 - Auckland City FC
2013 - Auckland City FC
2012 - Canterbury United
2011 - Waitakere United
2010 - Canterbury United
2009 - Auckland City FC
2008 - Waitakere United
2007 - Auckland City FC
2006 - Capital Football
2005 - Capital Football
2004 - North Harbour
2003 - Capital Football
2002 - Auckland Football

MOST TITLES
7 - Auckland City FC
3 - Capital Football
2 - Canterbury United, Waitakere United
1 - Hamilton Wanderers, North Harbour, Auckland Football, Nelson Marlborough Falcons, Team Wellington 

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