Titles hopes shattered by Waitakere

Words: ACFC Media

Tuesday 13 December 2016

Picture: Phototek

WHENUAPAI, Auckland - Waitakere United extinguished the Junior Navy Blues National Youth League title hopes with a 2-0 win at Fred Taylor Park in Whenuapai on Sunday.

A fourth minute striker by former Auckland City FC midfielder George Debenham gave the hosts the perfect start to a match that shaped as a must-win for both teams.

The victory was sealed for Waitakere United when Gilberto Souza grabbed a second with less than a minute left to play.

The National Youth League title is now within reach for Hamilton Wanderers who travel to Hawke's Bay United where a draw would be enough to become champions.

Team Wellington and Waitakere United each have a slim chance to overhaul Wanderers but have to win their respective away games at Canterbury United and the Wellington Phoenix then hope Hawke's Bay United pull off a major upset and beat the Waikato club.

Then the title race could come down to goal difference where Team Wellington (+15) currently hold a two goal advantage over Waitakere United (+13). Hamilton Wanderers have a plus seven goal difference.

A win for the Junior Navy Blues and defeats for Team Wellington and Waitakere United would mean a second consecutive runners-up finish for the team coached by Andy Peat. 

Ends

Match Results

National Youth League

Saturday 10 December, 2016

Team Wellington 2
Tasman United 0

Hawke's Bay United 4
Southern United 1

Sunday 11 December, 2016

Waitakere United 2 (George Debenham, Gilberto Souza)
Auckland City FC 0

Eastern Suburbs AFC 1
Canterbury United Dragons 0

Hamilton Wanderers 2
Wellington Phoenix 1

Next fixtures

Saturday 17 December, 2016
Tasman United v Southern United - 11.00am

Sunday 18 December, 2016
Canterbury United v Team Wellington - 1pm
Hawke's Bay United v Hamilton Wanderers - 1pm
Auckland City FC v Eastern Suburbs AFC - 1pm
Wellington Phoenix v Waitakere United - 1pm

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