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Century beckons for Howieson

Words: ACFC Media

Thursday 20 May 2021

Picture: Phototek

AUCKLAND, New Zealand - Appearance milestone beckons for Howieson as Auckland City FC and Eastern Suburbs AFC get ready for the latest Gridlock Derby in Kohimarama on Saturday.

Howieson, signed from Team Wellington four years ago, has made 99 appearances and scored 14 goals for the club and made 13 international appearances for New Zealand.

Coach José Figueira says Howieson's contribution to the club in a four year period has been exemplary.

"It's always very important to recognise these types of milestones. The nature of modern day football means there is not many players that stay at one club for a long time and to achieve milestones is rare.

"To reach 100 games at Auckland City FC for Cam is testimony to what he brings to the team on and off the pitch.

"Its a great achievement for him and sets a fine example to others. We value him very highly at the club not only for how good a player he is but the presence he has off it.

"Cam is a natural leader and a quality player and is widely respected throughout the game.

"He's done a lot for our community and coaching programmes and he's not only grown into one of New Zealand's top players domestically but he's also a fantastic person as well," Figueira said.

Another player chasing his own piece of Navy Blues history is Angus Kilkolly. Kilkolly has scored in five consecutive games and is one game shy of equalling second in the all-time list of consecutive scorers alongside Emiliano Tade (twice), Myer Bevan and Ryan De Vries who each scored in six consecutive games for the club.

The all-time record is held by the late Keryn Jordan who scored an astonishing 17 goals in ten consecutive domestic games between November 12, 2005 and January 28, 2006, a sequence that included three hat-tricks.

With Kilkolly running red-hot, Howieson's experienced presence is timely. After a long rest in April, he returns to an Auckland City FC side about to embark on a run of tough games, starting with Eastern Suburbs AFC away on Saturday, Auckland United FC at Kiwitea Street the following week before a Northern League and Chatham Cup double header with Bay Olympic and Ellerslie AFC.

Figueira is more than aware of the fixture logjam but relishes the challenge.

"We've got a busy month ahead. But that's exactly the reason why we've got a deep squad. We want to be challenging in every competition that we're part of and to do that you've got to have a group of players that are committed to pushing each other and doing the best for the team.

"There's always tweaks here and there with our training loads but we're in a very good space and confident we can get through the next month exactly the way we want to," he added.

Eastern Suburbs AFC have made a wobbly start to the season and found some rythmn stringing together four wins on the bounce but they've had a tough couple of weeks dropping points to both Hamilton clubs.

Figueira says the derby aspect of the fixture means all that will be forgotten with their last four encounters yielding two wins and two draws with the Lilywhites yet to notch a single win in 12 attempts.

"Games at Madills Farm are always tough tests regardless of what the track record says. Eastern Suburbs AFC have had the start to the season they probably wouldn't have wished for. They've had a number of players move on since the ISPS Handa Premiership ended.

"They have a new crop of young players coming through into their first team and that can bring a lack of consistency at times. That said, they're a team full of quality with experience of National League and New Zealand age group football and they will be dangerous," he said.

With Auckland City FC starting to hit a strong patch of form, Figueira was at pains to stress expectations and discipline would be key elements if the Navy Blues are to continue their stay at the top of the Northern League.

"My message to our team is clear - we must keep pushing our standards, level and quality of our performances higher," he said.

The match kicks off at 3.00pm NZDT.

In U-23 action, Auckland City FC U-23s also face their Lilywhites equivalents on Saturday at Madills Park 4. Auckland City FC U-23s are joint top of the table with Birkenhead United but with a game in hand.

Suburbs, who sit third just a single point behind the top two, will lack no motivation for Saturday's U-23 Gridlock Derby. Birkenhead United U-23s face ninth placed Bay Olympic U-23s and await any form of slip-up by their rivals.

The match kicks off at 12.30pm NZDT.

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Match Details
Northern League
Saturday 22 May, 2021
Eastern Suburbs AFC v Auckland City FC
Madills Farm, Kohimarama
Kick-off: 3.00pm NZDT

AC (squad selected from): 24. Cam BROWN (GK), 2. Mario ILICH, 3. Adam MITCHELL, 4. Mario BILEN, 6. Brian KALTAK, 7. Cam HOWIESON, 8. Adam THURSTON, 9. Angus KILKOLLY, 10. Dylan MANICKUM, 11. Reid DRAKE, 12. Sam BROTHERTON, 13. Deandre VOLLENHOVEN, 14. Jordan VALE, 15. Aidan CAREY, 16. Yousif AL-KALISY, 17. Andrew BLAKE, 18. Conor TRACEY (GK), 19. Ilham HAMEEDI, 20. Emiliano TADE, 21. Addison STEWART, 22. Mohamed AWAD, 23. Alfie ROGERS.

COACH: José FIGUEIRA
ASSISTANT COACH: Ivan VICELICH
GK COACH: Enaut ZUBIKARAI
PHYSIO: Matt PAYNE
TEAM MANAGER: Keith COTON
S&C COACH: Adria CASALS
ANALYST: Jarrod WALLACE/Dan GORDON

OTHER FIXTURES

SATURDAY 22 MAY, 2021
Auckland United v Melville United
Bay Olympic v Birkenhead United
Eastern Suburbs v Auckland City FC
Hamilton Wanderers v West Coast Rangers
Manukau United v North Shore United
Northern Rovers v Western Springs

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

2020-21
v. Eastern Suburbs AFC (H) won 1-0 (Emiliano TADE)
v. Eastern Suburbs AFC (A) drew 1-1 (Dylan MANICKUM | Own Goal)
v. Eastern Suburbs AFC (H) won 2-1 (Dylan MANICKUM, Own Goal | Ryan FEUTZ) - ISPS Handa Premiership Semi Final

2019-20
v. Eastern Suburbs AFC (H) drew 0-0
v. Eastern Suburbs AFC (A) won 2-0 (Myer BEVAN, Brian KALTAK)

2018-19
v. Eastern Suburbs AFC (A) won 1-0 (Dylan MANICKUM)
v. Eastern Suburbs AFC (H) won 3-2 (Micah LEA'ALAFA 2, Brian KALTAK) | (Callum McCOWATT, Dominic WOOLDRIDGE)

2017-18
v. Eastern Suburbs AFC (A) won 2-0 (Emiliano TADE, Micah LEA'ALAFA)
v. Eastern Suburbs AFC (H) won 1-0 (Callum McCOWATT)
v. Eastern Suburbs AFC (H) won 4-0 (Emiliano TADE 2, Callum McCOWATT, Dalton WILKINS) - ISPS Handa Premiership Semi Final

2016-17
v. Eastern Suburbs AFC (A) won 1-0 (Emiliano TADE)
v. Eastern Suburbs AFC (H) won 2-1 (Joao MOREIRA, Emiliano TADE) | (Moses DYER)

MILESTONES
This is the first time the two clubs will meet outside of the ISPS Handa Premiership. The top scorer in the Gridlock Derby is Emiliano Tade. The Argentine forward has netted six goals in this fixture since 2016-17 season.

FORM
The Lilywhites have had an inconsistent campaign and sit sixth in the table with four wins, a draw and three defeats.

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN
Eastern Suburbs AFC are yet to register a victory over Auckland City FC since they first met in the 2016-17 ISPS Handa Premiership season. In 12 matches, Auckland City FC have won 10 encounters with the spoils shared twice in two draws. Eastern Suburbs AFC have scored just five goals in this fixture while the Navy Blues have an aggregate of 20.

CURRENT FORM
v. Auckland United (A) lost 0-2
v. Western Springs (A) lost 1-2
v. Bay Olympic (A) won 2-1
v. Manukau United (A) won 3-0
v. Birkenhead United (H) won 4-2
v. Northern Rovers (A) won 3-0
v. Melville United (H) drew 1-1
v. Hamilton Wanderers (A) lost 1-2

PLAYER TO WATCH
Jake Mechell has been part of the Eastern Suburbs AFC set-up for long enough to have forced his way into becoming a much trusted first team regular. Mechell is the club joint top scorer alongside Michael Built with five goals each.

BIGGEST WIN
Eastern Suburbs AFC 9-0 Onehunga-Mangere United, 2011

BIGGEST DEFEAT
Eastern Suburbs AFC 0-9 Birkenhead United, 1989

BIGGEST WIN - CHATHAM CUP
Eastern Suburbs AFC 10-0 Manukau United, 2004
Eastern Suburbs AFC 10-0 Kerikeri, 2004

BIGGEST DEFEAT - CHATHAM CUP
Eastern Suburbs AFC 0-8 Manurewa AFC, 1994

EASTERN SUBURBS AFC HONOURS
OFC Champions League quarter-finalists 2019-20
National League winners 1971, 2018-19
National League runners-up 1970
Chatham Cup winners 1951, 1953, 1965, 1968, 1969, 2015
Chatham Cup runners-up 1955, 1976, 2006
Northern Premier League winners 1965, 1966, 2015
Northern Premier League runners-up 2009
Northern League Division 1 winners 2011
Northern League Division 2 winners 2003
Northern League Division 3 winners 1997
Air New Zealand Cup runners-up 1978

AUCKLAND CITY FC - ALL-TIME APPEARANCES RECORD
1. Angel BERLANGA 214/8
2. James PRITCHETT 203/5
3. Emiliano TADE 180/119
4. Ivan VICELICH 171/15
5. Mario BILEN 162/5
6. Chad COOMBES 151/26
7. Albert RIERA 142/2
8. Takuya IWATA 138/2
9. Grant YOUNG 128/66
10. Darren WHITE 126/18
11. Alex FENERIDIS 124/21
12. Greg UHLMANN 123/2
13. Daniel KOPRIVCIC 130/35
14. Paul URLOVIC 115/51
15. Ryan DE VRIES 111/50
16. Andrew MILNE 108/16
17. Adam DICKINSON 106/24
18. Ross NICHOLSON 100/0
19. Cam HOWIESON 99/14
20. Jacob SPOONLEY 99/0

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