Another goalless draw for Navy Blues

Words: ACFC Media

Saturday 21 December 2019

Picture: Phototek

DUNEDIN, New Zealand - Auckland City FC have drawn a blank for the second week in a row in the ISPS Handa Premiership after a goalless clash with Southern United in Dunedin.

Southern United made their intentions clear from the outset, sitting deep and inviting the Navy Blues to dominate possession while the home side waited for counter attacking opportunities.

The Navy Blues created several decent chances in the first half with Myer Bevan going close and Yousif Ali putting an opportunity over Liam Little's crossbar.

The visitors had a shout for a penalty on the half hour mark but referee Dan Woulahan showed no interest in pointing to the spot.

Auckland City FC's domination continued in the second half with Cam Howieson's dipping volley just missing Little's right-hand upright just after the restart.

That set the tone for a half in which the Navy Blues laid seige to Southern United's goal with a multitude of chances either saved by Little or missing the target.

The result created several pieces of history with the Navy Blues unbeaten run against Southern United extending to 31 games with the last defeat recorded in 2005 - but also saw the Kiwitea Street men achieve consecutive goalless draws for the first time in the ISPS Handa Premiership.

It was also the first time Auckland City FC have failed to score in back-to-back matches in the domestic top flight.

Auckland City FC's next match in the ISPS Handa Premiership is on 11 January next year when they take on Waitakere United in the first Super City derby of the campaign.

Ends

Match Result
ISPS Handa Premiership
Saturday 21 December 2019
Southern United 0
Auckland City FC 0
HT: 0-0.

AC: 18. Conor TRACEY (GK), 2. Mario ILICH, 3. Adam MITCHELL, 4. Mario BILEN, 5. Angel BERLANGA (c), 7. Cam HOWIESON, 9. Myer BEVAN, 10. Dylan MANICKUM, 16. Yousif ALI (22. Clayton LEWIS 63'), 17. Andrew BLAKE, 20. Logan ROGERSON (19. David BROWNE 70').

SUBS NOT USED: 24. Cam BROWN (GK), 6. Brian KALTAK, 21. Bradley WILSON.

COACH: Jose FIGUEIRA.

Other results

Played Friday 20 December 2019
Canterbury United 2-0 Tasman United

Played Saturday 21 December 2019
Waitakere United 1-1 Team Wellington

Playing Sunday 22 December 2019
Hamilton Wanderers v Hawke's Bay United
Porritt Stadium, Hamilton - kick-off: 4pm NZST

Eastern Suburbs AFC v Wellington Phoenix
Madills Farm, Auckland - kick-off: 4pm NZST

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