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De Vries, Tade seal victory

Words: ACFC Media

Saturday 1 October 2022

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Ryan De Vries and Emiliano Tade handed Auckland City FC a valuable 2-1 win over Wellington Olympic at Endeavour Park this afternoon.

The victory means Auckland City FC successfully defend the Mediterranean Cup and join Cashmere Technical and Napier City Rovers at the top of the league.

Wellington Olympic dominated the first half and created half a dozen chances to take the lead but were denied by outstanding goalkeeping by Conor Tracey.

The one occasion Tracey was beaten the goal was disallowed after Gianni Bouzoukis was ajudged to have strayed into an offside position.

The half time break gave coach Albert Riera a chance to give his players a rev up and that seemed to be exactly what City needed after Liam Gillion set up Ryan De Vries who beat Scott Basalaj at close range.

Olympic persevered and went level when Jack-Henry Sinclair cut in on his right then forced a save out of Tracey who could only palm the ball into the path of Bouzoukis who swept home unmarked at the far post.

Riera threw Angus Kilkolly and Emiliano Tade into the mix and his faith in the pair was rewarded when Tade swerved home a superb right foot corner that may have taken a nick off defender Tor Petersen-Davenport with five minutes left to play.

In other matches, Cashmere Technical thrashed Miramar Rangers 4-0 in Christchurch while Napier City Rovers turned over Wellington Phoenix 1-0 at Park Island.

On Sunday Birkenhead United take on Christchurch United at Shepherds Park in Beach Haven while Auckland United host Melville United at Keith Hay Park.

Auckland City FC's next match is at home to Cashmere Technical on Saturday 8 October 2022 at 3.30pm NZDT.

Ends

Match Result
National League Championship 2022
Saturday 1 October 2022
Wellington Olympic 1 (Gianni BOUZOUKIS 75')
Auckland City FC 2 (Ryan DE VRIES 50', Tor PETERSEN-DAVENPORT OG 85')
HT: 0-0.

AC: 1. Conor TRACEY (GK), 2. Mario ILICH, 3. Adam MITCHELL, 5. Angel BERLANGA, 7. Cam HOWIESON (c), 8. Gerard GARRIGA, 11. Ryan DE VRIES, 15. Aidan CAREY, 16. Joe LEE, 19. Liam GILLIO, 23. Alfie ROGERS.

SUBS NOT USED: 9. Angus KILKOLLY, 12. Sam BROTHERTON, 17. Reid DRAKE, 20. Emiliano TADE, 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

OTHER RESULTS

Saturday 1 October 2022
Cashmere Technical 4-0 Miramar Rangers
Napier City Rovers 1-0 Wellington Phoenix
Wellington Olympic 0-1 Auckland City FC

Sunday 2 October 2022
Birkenhead United v Christchurch United - 1pm NZDT
Auckland United v Melville United - 3pm NZDT

NEXT FIXTURES

Saturday 8 October 2022
Christchurch United v Napier City Rovers - 12.30pm NZDT
Miramar Rangers v Birkenhead United - 1pm NZDT
Auckland City FC v Cashmere Technical - 3.30pm NZDT

Sunday 9 October 2022
Wellington Phoenix v Auckland United - 12pm NZDT
Melville United v Wellington Olympic - 2.00pm NZDT

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