Words: ACFC Media
Saturday 30 July 2022
DUNEDIN, New Zealand - Auckland City FC is through to the semi-finals of the Chatham Cup after a 6-0 win over Dunedin City Royals at Logan Park.
A hat-trick by Ryan De Vries and a goal each for Cam Howieson, Emiliano Tade and Joe Lee made the long journey south for the Navy Blues a comfortable one.
Last season City were eliminated at the quarter final stage by Miramar Rangers but there was never any danger of that in a game Albert Riera's team dominated.
Riera was delighted with the result and performance achieved after a long day and temperatures between two and seven degrees celsius.
"I thought it was a fantastic result. We always talk about not making excuses and we could have made some today after a long trip to Dunedin.
"I thought the players were exceptional today - the ones who played 90 or 60 minutes, players who came off the bench, we needed everyone.
"The players were excellent and I thought the performance today was one of the best so far.
"They did what we asked them to do and I couldn't have asked for anything more from them," he said.
Auckland City FC's next challenge is the OFC Champions League opener with former champions Hienghene Sport at Ngahue on Friday 5 August.
Riera says adaptability is key for the tournament.
"We have to be flexible and we've been doing that throughout the season.
"We've had kick off times at all times of the day and on a variety of surfaces and we'll have to adopt this next week," he said.
Elsewhere, Miramar Rangers were beaten 4-3 by Hamilton Wanderers in a thriller in the capital, while Waiheke United were edged out by ten man Eastern Suburbs 1-0.
Cashmere Technical, the last south island side left, were beaten 3-2 by Wellington Olympic.
The match between Auckland City FC and Hienghene Sport kicks off at 12.00pm NZDT.
Chatham Cup Quarter Final
Saturday 30 July 2022
Dunedin City Royal 0
Auckland City FC 6 (Ryan DE VRIES 3, Cam HOWIESON, Joe LEE, Emiliano TADE)
AC: 1. Conor TRACEY (GK), 2. Mario ILICH (8.Gerard GARRIGA 59'), 3. Adam MITCHELL (5. Angel BERLANGA 59'), 7. Cam HOWIESON (23. Alfie ROGERS 59'), 10. Dylan MANICKUM (20. Emiliano TADE 65'), 11. Ryan DE VRIES, 12. Sam BROTHERTON, 13. Nathan LOBO, 16. Joe LEE, 17. Reid DRAKE.
SUBS NOT USED: 24. Cam BROWN (GK).
COACH: Albert RIERA
ASSISTANT COACH: Ivan VICELICH
GOALKEEPER COACH: Enaut ZUBIKARAI
MANAGER: Keith COTON
ANALYST: Adria CASALS
TRAINER: Alejo LEGUIZAMON
TECHNICAL: Jarrod WALLACE
PHYSIO: Matt PAYNE
OTHER RESULTS - CHATHAM CUP QUARTER FINALS
Wellington Olympic 3-2 Cashmere Technical
Miramar Rangers 3-4 Hamilton Wanderers
Waiheke United 0-1 Eastern Suburbs
Dunedin City Royals 0-6 Auckland City FC
Sunday 4 December 2022, Wellington Olympic, Mount Smart Stadium