Words: ACFC Media
Monday 18 April 2022
AUCKLAND, New Zealand - Ruthless Auckland City FC came back from a goal down to overwhelm North Shore United by 7-1 at a gusty, cold and rain swept Allen Hill Stadium today.
Fardeen Mohammed shocked the visitors with a brilliant goal after just two minutes but that was to be the only highlight for the Valerio Raccuglia-coached side as City overwhelmed their hosts.
VIDEO - Emiliano Tade gets the first of his brace
Ryan De Vries levelled the score with a powerful shot from the edge of the Shore penalty box on 15 minutes and Aidan Carey flipped the script when a Cam Howieson pass allowed him to slalom past goalkeeper Ssilvio Rodic to slam into the net from close range.
VIDEO - Emiliano Tade applies the finish
77’ | 1-5— Auckland City FC (@AucklandCity_FC) April 18, 2022
Great first save by Silvio Rodic off @ReidDrake17 but he’s unable to prevent Emiliano Tade from grabbing his second and City’s fifth with this finish #StrengthInUnity #NSvAC pic.twitter.com/Fhh7SxYQV3
Skipper Angel Berlanga made it three on the half hour mark, his ninth goal for the club and his first since January 2020, to take the sting out of the match.
Rodic kept North Shore in the game with a string of fine saves from Howieson and Reid Drake but substitute Emiliano Tade pounced with a quickfire double in the space of four minutes deep into the second half.
The hosts wilted from their exertions and there was time for Sam Brotherton to continue his remarkable scoring run when he scored City's sixth with five minutes left to play.
Angus Kilkolly, subbed on for De Vries, added his name to the scoresheet when he lashed home unmarked at the back post to deliver the Navy Blues seventh and final goal.
VIDEO - Sam Brotherton scores his third goal of the season
Coach Albert Riera was very happy with his team's performance over the Easter weekend but said there was room for improvement in certain areas.
"I was very happy overall despite the fact that we conceded very early in the game which is always an eye opener for any team.
"The way we came back demonstrated that we have good depth and character to come back from that situation.
"We've had to use all the players in the squad and its making my job very hard but that's a challenge every coach wants to have but I thought we can be better in front of goal, to be honest.
"That's the story from every game - we created a lot of chances to score goals but I think we could be even more ruthless.
"But the main thing is today we secured three points and we won two games in the double header.
"Bay Olympic is a very interesting opponent that is doing very well and they've put a very good team together.
"For now, our focus is on getting a rest and we'll turn our focus towards Bay Olympic tomorrow," he said.
The Navy Blues are back in Northern League action on Saturday when they travel to New Lynn to take on Bay Olympic at Olympic Park with a 3:00pm kick off.
Monday 18 April 2022
North Shore United 1 (Fardeen MOHAMMED 2')
Auckland City FC 7 (Ryan DE VRIES 15', Aidan CAREY 23', Angel BERLANGA 29', Emiliano TADE 73', 77', Sam BROTHERTON 85', Angus KILKOLLY 88')
AC: 1. Conor TRACEY (GK), 2. Mario ILICH (20. Emiliano TADE 59'), 5. Angel BERLANGA (c), 7. Cam HOWIESON, 11. Ryan DE VRIES (9. Angus KILKOLLY 76'), 12. Sam BROTHERTON, 13. Nathan LOBO, 14. Jordan VALE (16. Joe LEE 67'), 15. Aidan CAREY, 17. Reid DRAKE, 19. Liam GILLION.
SUBS NOT USED: 24. Cam BROWN (GK), 3. Adam MITCHELL.
COACH: Albert RIERA
ASSISTANT COACH: Ivan VICELICH
GOALKEEPER COACH: Enaut ZUBIKARAI
MANAGER: Keith COTON
ANALYST: Adria CASALS
PHYSIO: Matt PAYNE
REFEREE: Riley GREENBURY
ASSISTANT REFEREE 1: Yunjie DIAO
ASSISTANT REFEREE 2: Shawn LIU
VIDEO - Angel Berlanga scores
MONDAY 18 APRIL 2022
Takapuna 1-3 Auckland United FC
Hamilton Wanderers 3-0 Waiheke United
Birkenhead United 5-2 Western Springs
Bay Olympic 0-0 Eastern Suburbs AFC
Melville United 0-1 Manukau United
PREVIOUS WINS WHERE AUCKLAND CITY FC SCORED SEVEN GOALS
18.04.22 v North Shore United (A) won 7-1 (Northern League)
19.06.21 v Tauranga City FC (H) won 7-2 (Chatham Cup)
12.06.21 v Bay Olympic (H) won 7-0 (Northern League)
05.06.21 v Ellerslie (H) won 7-0 (Chatham Cup)
25.02.18 v AS Venus (H) won 7-0 (OFC Champions League)
14.03.15 v Wellington Phoenix (A) won 7-0 (ISPS Handa Premiership)
17.02.13 v Waikato FC (H) won 7-1 (ISPS Handa Premiership)
18.02.12 v Koloale (H) won 7-3 (OFC Champions League)
25.04.09 v Koloale (A) won 7-2 (OFC Champions League)
10.05.06 v Sobou FC (H) won 7-0 (OFC Champions League)
v Wellington Olympic, 11 March 2023, KO: TBC