Figueira happy to advance in Chatham Cup

Words: ACFC Media

Saturday 19 June 2021

Picture: Phototek

AUCKLAND, New Zealand - Auckland City FC were too good for Tauranga City AFC but coach José Figueira heaped praise on Barry Gardiner's side as they turn in hard working Chatham Cup performance at Kiwitea Street.

Tauranga City AFC took a shock lead on 13 minutes when a mix up between Adam Mitchell and goalkeeper Cam Brown led to the opening goal and they were nearly back in the match when Andrew Carter pounced on another defensive lapse on the hour to bring the score back to 4-2.

Quality told in the end, but Figueira says Tauranga City AFC played well and can take a lot of positives out of their performance against the Northern League Premier Division leaders.

"Tauranga City AFC deserve a lot of credit for the way they went about the game.

"I thought they retained their game plan throughout the match very well and they showed a discipline and an ability to hurt teams on the break at speed.

"The goals we conceded were probably of our own doing but Tauranga City AFC's tactical approach required some stopping and concentration to deal with.

"Other than the two goals they got, I thought they might have had one other dangerous moment which fortunately we were able to deal with," he said.

Figueira declared himself more than happy to be into the Chatham Cup Fourth Round draw for next week.

"I'm very happy - I thought we controlled the game from the off.

"We knew they were going to be very well organised and have pace out wide on the counter attack and we started well and then had an unexpected error at the back and a miscommunication.

"We spoke about elements of the game we can't control and it was important we bounced back quickly and we've reacted really well to the early setback.

"We could've felt some nerves but instead we finished the first half really strongly," he said.

Cam Howieson, Dylan Manickum and Angus Kilkolly also received plaudits.

"All three were very good. Cam plays a deeper role for us in the start of the build-ups but we've spoken to him to get a little bit further forward in the attacks.

"He's hit one great free-kick and he's always got an eye for goal which is fantastic.

"We're missing Emiliano through injury and Mohammed is away on international duty with Somalia so it's good to see Dylan step-up.

"He was decisive today, he took a few more risks and he let rip for the seventh goal and when you can see the quality he has when he does it," he said of Howieson and Manickum.

Kilkolly, who equalled the late Keryn Jordan's ten-in-a-row consecutive game scoring record with his 45th minute strike, had to be patient.

"Angus led the line very well, teams play very deep against us and he has to be patient and wait for his chance and I think he took his goal extremely well.

"It was a good through ball at a very tight angle and an excellent composed finish.

"It was great to see Cam and the two attackers on the score sheet and our name in the hat for the next round," he said.

Kilkolly's scoring sequence has attracted criticism from some quarters with critical comparisons between the standard of the Northern League and the now defunct New Zealand Football Championship popping up on social media.

Figueira acknowledged the differences in the levels of competition but said it was important to remember that you can only play against the rivals you're faced with.

"I tend to err on the side of the argument that says we can only play whats in front of us.

"The competition is what it is, we play who we have to play, but you still have to put the ball in the back of the net.

"Teams still make our life difficult whether the score line blows out at the end of games or not.

"If you look at today's game then Angus has maybe only had two or three chances and he's scored one goal, so I'm delighted for him to continue that run," he said.

The Chatham Cup tie with Tauranga City AFC kicks off at 2pm NZDT at Kiwitea Street on Saturday 19 June 2021.

In other fixture news, the Northern League match between Auckland City FC and Northern Rovers has been switched from Saturday 3 July 2021 to Friday 3 July 2021 at the Croatian Cultural Society in West Auckland.

The game kicks off at 7.30pm 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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Melville United 1-0 Mount Albert Ponsonby - AET
North Shore United 3-0 Eastern Suburbs AFC
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SATURDAY 19 JUNE 2021
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Green Island 1-5 Otago University
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