Words: Nick Brown
Saturday 2 July 2022
AUCKLAND, New Zealand - Coach Albert Riera says loyalty and commitment to the team's style of football got the Navy Blues past a tough Waiheke United at Onetangi Domain today.
Auckland City FC faced a tough Waiheke United but Riera said it was important the Navy Blues stuck to their game plan.
"I would like to congratulate Reido on his 100th appearance for the Auckland City FC shirt. Coming off the bench, he helped us a lot. After 100 games its so important for us to have players like him in the squad we've had for a long time.
"I knew straight away it was going to be very hard and Waiheke showed they have improved a lot and they were improved a great deal from when we played them at Kiwitea Street in April.
"I'm happy with our performance because its not easy to come here. I thought we were loyal to our style of football and I thought it paid off in the end.
"We love to see this sort of atmosphere in every game we have to look after these clubs, these teams and their supporters and these people and everything they've done for the game.
"Wherever Waiheke United travel, their fans go with them no matter where it is. This is something we all have to learn from," he said.
Saturday 2 July 2022
Waiheke United 0
Auckland City FC 2 (Ryan DE VRIES 60', Reid DRAKE 65')
AC: 1. Cam BROWN (GK), 2. Mario ILICH, 3. Adam MITCHELL, 7. Cam HOWIESON (c), 8. Gerard GARRIGA, 9. Angus KILKOLLY, 12. Sam BROTHERTON, 13. Nathan LOBO, 16. Joe LEE, 20. Emiliano TADE, 23. Alfie ROGERS.
SUBS: 1. Conor TRACEY (GK), 5. Angel BERLANGA, 11. Ryan DE VRIES, 19. Liam GILLION, 17. Reid DRAKE.
COACH: Albert RIERA
ASSISTANT COACH: Ivan VICELICH
GOALKEEPER COACH: Enaut ZUBIKARAI
MANAGER: Keith COTON
ANALYST: Adria CASALS
TECHNICAL: Jarrod WALLACE
PHYSIO: Matt PAYNE
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