Honours even in latest friendly

Words: ACFC Media

Tuesday 8 March 2022

Picture: Phototek

AUCKLAND, New Zealand - Western Springs held Auckland City FC to a deserved 1-1 draw at the Croatian Cultural Centre this evening in a pre-season friendly.

After falling behind to a Dylan Manickum opener, the visitors bounced back in the second half when Kenta Nakashima equalised from the penalty spot six minutes after the restart.

The game was affected by a growing number of Covid-19 call-offs affecting clubs and society throughout Auckland.

Outstanding for the Navy Blues were Manickum, Joe Lee and goalkeeper Conor Tracey. 

Auckland City FC have another pre-season friendly pencilled in this week with a game against Lotto NRFL side Metro FC also at this same venue.

Whether or not that game takes place remains very much a matter for the spread of Covid-19.


Match Result
Pre-season friendly
Tuesday 8 March 2022
Auckland City FC 1 (Dylan MANICKUM 44')
Western Springs 1 (Kenta NAKASHIMA 51'-pen)
HT: 1-0.

AC: 1. Conor TRACEY (GK), 2. Mario ILICH (17. Reid DRAKE 72'), 3. Adam MITCHELL, 7. Cam HOWIESON, 10. Dylan MANICKUM, 13. Nathan LOBO (12. Sam BROTHERTON 46'), 15. Aidan CAREY, 16. Joe LEE, 17. Jordan VALE, 19. Liam GILLION, 23. Alfie ROGERS.

SUBS NOT USED: 8. Adam BELL, 21. Marcel STODDARD, 22. Will ENG.


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