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Navy Blues overcome Tauranga City AFC

Words: ACFC Media

Saturday 19 June 2021

Picture: Phototek

AUCKLAND, New Zealand - Auckland City FC overcome plucky Tauranga City AFC 7-2 to reach the last 16 of the Chatham Cup at Kiwitea Street today.

The Navy Blues started the game as big favourites to advance and their quality ensured that happened.

In a moment of nostalgia, Auckland City FC welcomed back former coach Allan Jones to the club as its special guest along with his son Vaughan.

Jones led the club to two National League titles, an OFC Champions League title and its first ever FIFA Club World Cup adventures but he might not have been impressed by the game's first goal.

It was something out of the box when defender Adam Mitchell trundled a backpass beyond goalkeeper Cam Brown to gift the visitors a 13th minute opener.

That advantage lasted just four minutes when Reid Drake bundled home from close range to level at 1-1.

The Navy Blues nearly went in front midway through the first half when a neatly constructed move ended with a Thurston shot being turned over at close range by a City defender.

The home side took the lead when Cam Howieson broke through a stacked defence and let rip with a left foot shot to make it 2-1.

Dylan Manickum stretched the lead further when he tip-toed through City's backline to notch a third near the half hour mark to underline the Navy Blues superiority.

Ben Pamment denied Angus Kilkolly his shot at equalling Keryn Jordan's most consecutive games scoring record just before halftime when he tipped his goal-bound header away low to his right.

But Kilkolly wasn't to be denied when he was set free inside the penalty area by Drake before finishing clinically beyond Pamment right on half time.

The trickiness of the tie was brought to the fore when Tauranga City AFC capitalised off another moment of slackness by the home side when Andrew Carter seized on poor concentration to grab a second on the hour mark.

Only a baseline difference in quality kept Auckland City FC comfortably ahead and that quality was emphasised when Howieson scored a beautiful free-kick to make it 5-2 on 72 minutes.

Pamment made a sensational save from both Manickum and Thurston but he couldn't prevent Manickum adding a sixth with five minutes to go. 

Manickum added further misery when he completed his hat-trick with the goal of the game, a raking long range drive that went top left hand corner giving Pamment no chance. 

Despite the defeat, Tauranga City AFC delivered a hungry, hard working and conscientious performance.

Jay Silcock and Jordan Toy each looked pacy in wide areas while Vincent Phirun displayed strong technique in a busy midfield shift where his team had much less of the ball.

The loss equalled Tauranga City AFC's biggest losing margins in the Chatham Cup, mirroring their 6-1 defeats to University in 1986 and Onehunga Sports in 2017. 

Auckland City FC's next match is on Northern League duty at Centre Park on Saturday 26 June 2021 when they take on Manukau United.

The match kicks off at 3pm NZDT.

Ends

Match result
Chatham Cup 3rd Round
Saturday 19 June 2021
Auckland City FC 7 (Reid DRAKE 17', Cam HOWIESON 23', 72', Dylan MANICKUM 28', 85', 90+1', Angus KILKOLLY 45')
Tauranga City AFC 2 (Adam MITCHELL OG 13', Andrew CARTER 58')
HT: 4-1.

AC: 24. Cam BROWN (GK), 2. Mario ILICH (19. Ilham HAMEEDI 67'), 3. Adam MITCHELL, 4. Mario BILEN, 7. Cam HOWIESON (c), 8. Adam THURSTON, 9. Angus KILKOLLY (20. Addison STEWART 67'), 10. Dylan MANICKUM, 11. Reid DRAKE, 14. Jordan VALE, 23. Alfie ROGERS.

SUBS NOT USED: 18. Conor TRACEY (GK), 12. Sam BROTHERTON, 21. Matthew ELLIS.

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
ANALYST: Dan GORDON

AUCKLAND CITY FC - CONSECUTIVE GAMES GOAL SCORING RECORD:

10 consecutive games: Keryn Jordan, 18 goals in ten domestic games consecutively between November 12, 2005 and January 28, 2006. Included four hat-tricks.

10 consecutive games: Angus Kilkolly, 12 goals in ten domestic games consecutively between 17 April 2021 and 19 June 2021. No hat-tricks.

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NORTHERN REGION

SATURDAY 19 JUNE 2021
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SATURDAY 19 JUNE 2021
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