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Goal for Stewart as Navy Blues hit four

Words: ACFC Media

Saturday 17 April 2021

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AUCKLAND, New Zealand - Addison Stewart became the youngest ever player to score on senior debut for Auckland City FC as the Navy Blues drubbed plucky West Coast Rangers 4-0 at Fred Taylor Park today.

Stewart opened the scoring with a far post header just two minutes after referee Mazhar Batoor blew the first whistle to hand City the earliest of leads making Stewart the youngest player to ever score a first team goal for the club on debut.

That early setback gave Rangers freedom to attack and with nothing to lose they drew a handful of top saves out of Cam Brown. West Coast Rangers Kwame Norku was outstanding and was denied twice by Brown.

But that resistance fell away when West Coast Rangers defender Josh Armitt turned a powerful header past hiw own goalkeeper Luca Taylor to double City's advantage.

Angus Kilkolly, starting a game for the first time since the win over Northern Rovers, bagged City's third to give Figueira's side a comfortable lead and could've had a second moments later when Taylor saved at point blank range.

The Navy Blues dominated after the restart and Yousif Al-Kalisy pushed the game beyond West Coast Rangers reach with the fourth before he was replaced on the hour mark by Reid Drake.

"West Coast Rangers were difficult to break down for periods but as I said to the team at halftime we suffered from scoring an early goal and I think the players felt it was going to be an easy day.

"West Coast Rangers could've quite easily had a goal or two in the 15-20 minutes after that. It was a wake up call for us at the break and after that we had better intensity, tempo, control and created a lot of chances.

"We're still not quite there yet because we need to start games better than that.

"I bet Addison was lying awake in bed last night wondering if he could score on his debut and he's done just that today.

"It was a great moment for Addison and for any of the U-20 players coming through the ranks. It's not just about coming into the first team it's about showing real value and Addison certainly be pushing for more games this year and I was delighted for him," Figueira told www.aucklandcityfc.com.


Elsewhere, Western Springs lost their undefeated record after Melville United defeated them 5-3 at Gower Park while Manukau United's miserable start to the season continued with a 0-3 loss to resurgent Eastern Suburbs AFC at Centre Park in Mangere.

Auckland United have rediscovered some momentum of their own with a 3-1 win over Hamilton Wanderers. Birkenhead United continue to push for the top four after a dramatic 3-2 win over North Shore United while Bay Olympic and Nrothern Rovers shared the spoils in a 0-0 draw. 

Auckland City FC's next match sees Western Springs pay their first ever visit to Kiwitea Street to face the Navy Blues with top of the table supremacy at stake for both clubs.

The match is scheduled for and kicks off at 3.00pm NZDT.

Ends

Match Result
Northern League
Saturday 17 April 2021
West Coast Rangers 0
Auckland City FC 4 (Addison STEWART 2', Josh ARMITT OG 34', Angus KILKOLLY 38', Yousif AL-KALISY 52')
HT: 0-3.

AC: 24. Cam BROWN (GK), 3. Adam MITCHELL, 4. Mario BILEN (c), 6. Brian KALTAK, 9. Angus KILKOLLY, 12. Sam BROTHERTON, 13. Dre VOLLENHOVEN, 14. Jordan VALE (15. Aidan CAREY 88'), 16. Yousif AL-KALISY (11. Reid DRAKE 68'), 21. Addison STEWART (10. Dylan MANICKUM 68'), 22. Mohamed AWAD.

SUBS NOT USED: 18. Conor TRACEY (GK), 20. Emiliano TADE.

COACH: José FIGUEIRA

OTHER RESULTS

Saturday 17 April 2021
Hamilton Wanderers 1-3 Auckland United
Manukau United 0-3 Eastern Suburbs AFC
Melville United 5-3 Western Springs
Northern Rovers 0-0 Bay Olympic
North Shore United 2-3 Birkenhead United

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