Words: ACFC Media
Friday 8 July 2022
AUCKLAND, New Zealand - Auckland City FC's Chatham Cup journey faces its biggest test to date when the Navy Blues take on Bay Olympic in their Round 4 clash at Olympic Park tomorrow.
Coach Albert Riera has a lot on his plate with the OFC Champions League draw and match dates confirmed but he says the club's focus is firmly fixed on Bay Olympic and the Chatham Cup.
Olympic's season started well but has since hit a few speed bumps.
Despite that Riera refuses to discount the threat Bay Olympic presents.
"Bay Olympic started the season very well and very strong in the league and picked up a lot of points but after a few rounds have been played its difficult to take other teams by surprise.
"Everyone does their job, does their research and that could be a reason why Bay Olympic have lost momentum a little bit.
"That said, Bay Olympic still have a chance to make the top four and advance in the Chatham Cup and I am convinced they will find form and pick up points to be up there.
"Bay Olympic have a squad of players I know well and they have a lot of experience and they are extra dangerous in the Chatham Cup.
"The Chatham Cup is a booster for them and provides all teams with an extra motivation which makes Bay Olympic very dangerous.
"We have to be very strong mentally because if you make one mistake you can be punished for it.
"We have to take every action as it comes and not think too far ahead in the game.
"We have to try to dictate the tempo of the game and make it the one we want knowing it will be very hard against an opposition we are playing at home.
"We're training very well and hopefully this means we can get the result that we want tomorrow," Riera said.
Two players who may not see action are Dylan Manickum and Jordan Vale.
Dylan Manickum picked up a tight hamstring in the recent win over Eastern Suburbs and was rested against Waiheke last weekend and Jordan Vale is another who has been absent with illness and injury but has returned to training.
Tomorrow's Chatham Cup tie may have arrived too early for each to participate.
While the Chatham Cup is clearly the focus, developments in the OFC Champions League have kept Riera and his coaching team extra busy.
"The OFC Champions League dates have been announced for the group stage and its very exciting for us now the tournament is taking shape.
"We know who we're playing against and it gives us time to research and prepare and study the opposition to discover their strengths and weaknesses so we can perform as we can.
"At the present moment we have to make sure our players are focused on what's in front of them and that starts tomorrow with the Chatham Cup.
"With the staff we put the strings of our research together on Rewa, Hienghene and Nikao, but right now for the players its all about Bay Olympic and we'll be going ahead with full intent and concentration on this next job."
Tomorrow's game kicks off at 2.00pm NZDT at Olympic Park.
Chatham Cup Round 4
Saturday 9 July 2022
Bay Olympic v Auckland City FC
Olympic Park, New Lynn
Kick-off: 2.00pm NZDT
AC (squad to be finalised from): 1. Conor TRACEY (GK), 2. Mario ILICH, 3. Adam MITCHELL, 5. Angel BERLANGA, 7. Cam HOWIESON (c), 8. Gerard GARRIGA, 9. Angus KILKOLLY, 11. Ryan DE VRIES, 12. Sam BROTHERTON, 13. Nathan LOBO, 16. Joe LEE, 17. Reid DRAKE, 19. Liam GILLION, 20. Emiliano TADE, 23. Alfie ROGERS, 24. Cam BROWN (GK).
COACH: Albert RIERA
ASSISTANT COACH: Ivan VICELICH
GOALKEEPER COACH: Enaut ZUBIKARAI
MANAGER: Keith COTON
ANALYST: Adria CASALS
TECHNICAL: Jarrod WALLACE
PHYSIO: Matt PAYNE
REFEREE: Luke GARDNER
ASSISTANT REFEREE 1: Reza AL RABEA
ASSISTANT REFEREE 2: Charlie TSENG
ABOUT BAY OLYMPIC
Bay Olympic’s vision is to be the most respected club in football and localcommunities. For our members we strive to provide the best environment for their enjoyment and development. Simply put, we want our members to enjoy a lifetime love of the game at Bay Olympic whether they are playing, coaching or managing at the elite or community level or supporting as an administrator, volunteer or sponsor.
It is the great pride we take in the contributions and achievements of the teams and people in our Club, along with a celebrated history dating back to 1948 that have provided the strong foundations we will continue to build on.
NORTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE 2005, 2006, 2011, 2012
BIGGEST WINS (NORTHERN LEAGUE)
v. Manukau City (A) 9-0, 2002
BIGGEST LOSS (NORTHERN LEAGUE)
v. Western Springs (H) 1-11, 2015
BIGGEST WIN (CHATHAM CUP)
v. Onehunga-Mangere United (H) 9-1, 2004
BIGGEST LOSS (CHATHAM CUP)
v. Waitakere City (H) 0-9, 2009
07.06.21 v Bay Olympic (A) won 2-1 (Aidan CAREY 37', Angus KILKOLLY 86' | Honggyu HAN 1')
12.06.21 v Bay Olympic (H) won 7-0 (Angus KILKOLLY 13'-pen, Sam BROTHERTON 32', Matt ELLIS 48', Alfie ROGERS 68', Dylan MANICKUM 70', 76', Addison STEWART 78')
23.04.22 v Bay Olympic (A) won 4-0 (Angus KILKOLLY 20', 26', 86', Ryan DE VRIES 49')
26.03.22 v North Shore United (A) 4-0 (Thomas Boss 3, OG)
02.04.22 v Melville United (A) 3-2 (Roussin Nkoy, Campbell McIntyre, Darren White)
09.04.22 v Birkenhead United (H) 0-1
15.04.22 v Manukau United (A) 3-2 (Darren White, Jacob Woolford, Tinashe Marowa)
18.04.22 v Eastern Suburbs (H) 0-0
23.04.22 v Auckland City FC (H) 0-4
30.04.22 v Takapuna (A) 1-1 (Leon Van Den Hoven)
07.05.22 v Hamilton Wanderers (H) 0-2
14.05.22 v Waiheke United (A) 3-0 (Roussin Nkoy 2, Harrison Byrne)
21.05.22 v Auckland United (H) 1-4 (Emmanuel Darkwa)
28.05.22 v Western Springs (H) 3-1 (Darren White, Jack Duncan, Roussin Nkoy)
04.06.22 v North Shore United (H) 7-0 (Darren White, Jack Duncan 2, Roussin Nkoy 2, Jayden Scott, Leon Van Den Hoven)
11.06.22 v Melville United (H) 0-5
25.06.22 v Birkenhead United (A) 0-3
02.07.22 v Manukau United (H) 2-4 (Darren White 2)
Round 2 - 06.06.22 v Taupo (A) 2-1 (Sam Tutton, Darren White)
Round 3 - 18.06.22 v Metro FC (H) 2-1 (Harriso Byrne, Callum McNeill)
v Wellington Olympic, 11 March 2023, KO: TBC