Words: ACFC Media
Saturday 3 April 2021
AUCKLAND, New Zealand - Stand-in Navy Blues skipper Alfie Rogers voiced his pleasure at leading Auckland City FC to a 3-1 win over Manukau United as he made his 74th appearance for the club yesterday.
Rogers joined Auckland City FC in 2015 and pulled on the captain's armband for the first time on Friday. The Navy Blues were too good for Manukau United on the day and although Rogers hobbled off midway through the second half, he declared himself satisfied with a winning start as captain for the day.
"I thought we played pretty well and controlled the game and in the end we deserved the three points. We made life a little bit tough for ourselves at one stage but we pulled through and bounced back and took the pressure off.
"Wearing the arm band today was a nice feeling but it was also a bit of a suprise to be honest. But its always an honour to play alongside the players here at Auckland City FC and it was a nice feeling," he said.
Rogers, who made his 50th appearance for Auckland City FC against Team Wellington in March 2019, reserved praise for two youngsters who made a big impression in yesterday's win, Matt Ellis and Aidan Carey.
"Matt and Aidan did very well today but they've been training with us for a while now so we know we can count on them and know what they can do.
"They both showed they can be put into these games and do a good job and that's exactly what we want," Rogers said.
Auckland City FC's next Northern League match is away to Northern Rovers at McFetridge Park, Glenfield, at 3pm NZDT on Monday 5 April, 2021.
Monday 5 April 2021
Northern Rovers v Auckland City FC
McFetridge Park, Glenfield
1sts kick-off: 3.00pm NZDT
U-23 kick-off: 12.30pm NZDT
v Bay Olympic, Sat 1 April 2023, Kiwitea Street, KO: 3pm NZST