Words: ACFC Media
Friday 5 August 2022
AUCKLAND, New Zealand - Defender Adam Mitchell heaped praise on team-mates Cam Howieson and Conor Tracey after City's 5-0 win over Hienghene Sport on Friday.
Mitchell scored his first ever OFC Champions League goal in the 5-0 win over Hienghene Sport and paid tribute to his fellow All Whites international Cam Howieson.
"I know Cam has got a great delivery so it was about making the right run.
"We got the early goal and everything just flowed on from that.
"I thought we actually played really well, we controlled the game and knew it was going to be hot here today and on a different surface.
"We wanted to keep the ball moving and make them run and as the game went on they lost a little bit of legs.
"The more we kept the ball, the more we punished them and the goals started coming," he said.
Hienghene Sport made City work and created some decent opportunities to score but for the form of Conor Tracey.
"Conor is a really key player for us, he's a good goalkeeper on his feet and made important saves.
"We watched videos of Hienghene in the week and know they deliver balls into the box through early crosses and that's what they did.
"They had a few chances but Conor made some really crucial saves for us," he said.
Auckland City FC's next match is on Monday against Fiji's Rewa in another 12.00pm NZDT kick-off.
OFC Champions League Group B
Friday 5 August 2022
Auckland City FC 5 (Adam MITCHELL 7', Cam HOWIESON 14', Dylan MANICKUM 38', Mario ILICH 48', Liam GILLION 88')
Hienghene Sport 0
AC: 1. Conor TRACEY (GK), 2. Mario ILICH, 3. Adam MITCHELL (5. Angel BERLANGA), 7. Cam HOWIESON (8. Gerard GARRIGA), 10. Dylan MANICKUM (20. Emiliano TADE), 11. Ryan DE VRIES, 12. Sam BROTHERTON, 13. Nathan LOBO, 15. Aidan CAREY (14. Jordan VALE), 16. Joe LEE (19. Liam GILLION), 17. Reid DRAKE.
SUBS NOT USED: 24. Cam BROWN (GK), 4. Christian GRAY.
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
REFEREE: Norbert HAUATA
ASSISTANT REFEREE 1: Phillipe REVEL
ASSISTANT REFEREE 2: Folio MOEAKI
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Teremoana ROIHAU
FIFTH OFFICIAL: Pari OITO
Sun 21 August 2022, Wellington Olympic, Kiwitea Street, 2pm NZDT