Words: ACFC Media
Saturday 22 May 2021
KOHIMARAMA, New Zealand - A Tade-Kilkolly goal deluge gave skipper Cam Howieson a century to remember after Auckland City FC thrashed Eastern Suburbs AFC 5-0 at Madills Farm today.
José Figueira's biggest problem in recent weeks has been who to leave out and who not to but on the evidence of today's ruthless victory over Eastern Suburbs AFC some of his in-form talent could be difficult to shift.
Howieson, City's midfield general, made his 100th appearance for the club and couldn't have asked for a better reward from his team-mates.
That was best summed up by the performance of not only the team but, in particular, Emiliano Tade and Angus Kilkolly. The partnership has delivered 17 goals in nine games and they look an unbeatable duo.
Kilkolly scored the opener with a messy goal that had a hint of offside about it and for the opening half hour the match was finely balanced.
That goal gave Kilkolly his eighth goal in six games and sees him move into equal second for most consecutive club games scored in alongside Tade (twice), Ryan De Vries and Myer Bevan. Kilkolly has now scored nine goals in nine games.
Keryn Jordan's club record of 17 goals in ten consecutive games remains a long way off for Kilkolly but with the striker in red-hot form, he's entitled to believe he may get close to equalling or perhaps even break it.
Eastern Suburbs AFC could only hope for as much. Failure to crack the Navy Blues defence would prove costly with the visitors saving their best work in front of goal until the last 20 minutes.
That 'best' came courtesy of Emiliano Tade. What else can you say about the Argentine striker? His numbers set him aside from any number of Kiwitea Street legends. By the end of this match, Tade had extended his goal haul for the club to 122 goals in 181 games and he looks in the form of his life.
He doubled City's advantage when he rifled past former team-mate Ruben Parker on 72 minutes. He then chipped Parker just a minute later with a beautifully judged curling effort from inside the penalty box.
That opened the door for Kilkolly to bag his brace, his hunger and determination to reach the ball before Parker or any defender allowing him to get two crucial touches before nestling the ball in the back of the net with four minutes left.
There was still time for Eastern Suburbs AFC to miss a gilt-edged chance for a consolation but a backpost header that looked easier to score was spurned.
Tade punished Suburbs wastefulness to claim a hat-trick and blow out a score line that capped off a memorable afternoon for Auckland City FC.
Figueira heaped praise on his team, describing it as an almost complete team performance, as they set a record for biggest win in a Gridlock Derby.
"We were excellent today. We came out with a high press and high intensity. We know that's how Suburbs play and we wanted to match that.
"Right from the off we were at it. We were really connected on the pitch and brought strong personality to the game. Apart from a spell in the opening ten minutes of the second half, I thought for 80 minutes we were completely in control.
"I don't like to name one person in what was such a strong team performance but we can admire the hat-trick from Emi today. Moments of magic like that win you games. Cam, on his one hundredth game, was outstanding in the middle of the park. He's looking back to his best.
"Next week is another chance to keep building on our momentum and I'm sure the players will relish another derby game against new opponents at Kiwitea Street," he said.
In other action, Auckland United FC kept the pressure up on the Navy Blues with a narrow 1-0 win over Melville United. Birkenhead United were too good for nine-man Bay Olympic, Alex Grieve, Dino Botica and Alex Connor-McLean grabbing the goals in a 3-0 win at Olympic Park.
Hamilton Wanderers were held to a 2-2 draw by a rejuvenated West Coast Rangers while Western Springs and Northern Rovers also shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Manukau United and North Shore United had to be content with a 1-1 draw, too.
Auckland City FC next face Auckland United FC in the first meeting between the two clubs.
The game kicks off at 3.00pm NZDT at Kiwitea Street on Saturday 22 May 2021.
Saturday 22 May 2021
Eastern Suburbs AFC 0
Auckland City FC 5 (Angus KILKOLLY 8', 86', Emiliano TADE 72', 73', 89')
AC: 18. Conor TRACEY (GK), 6. Brian KALTAK, 7. Cam HOWIESON (c), 9. Angus KILKOLLY, 12. Sam BROTHERTON, 15. Aidan CAREY, 17. Andrew BLAKE, 19. Ilham HAMEEDI, 20. Emiliano TADE, 22. Mohamed AWAD, 23. Alfie ROGERS.
SUBS NOT USED: 24. Cam BROWN (GK), 10. Dylan MANICKUM.
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
Saturday 22 May 2021
Bay Olympic 0-3 Birkenhead United
Hamilton Wanderers 2-2 West Coast Rangers
Auckland United 1-0 Melville United
Manukau United 1-1 North Shore United
Northern Rovers 1-1 Western Springs
Sunday 4 December 2022, Wellington Olympic, Mount Smart Stadium