Words: ACFC Media
Wednesday 13 December 2017
AUCKLAND, New Zealand - Auckland City FC's National Youth League title hopes received a major boost with the return of Justin Bailey from suspension ahead of Saturday's must-win game with Tasman United.
A win for Auckland City FC will see them lift the title with the competition tie-breaker settled by their superior head-to-head record with fellow championship hunting rivals Canterbury United.
But Canterbury United could still spoil the party if they can knock over Hawke's Bay United on Sunday should the Junior Navy Blues falter in any way.
Coach Aaron McFarland was upbeat ahead of the showdown with fifth placed Tasman United.
"The mentality is very positive because we know our destiny is in our own hands and we have a good record at home this season.
"Regardless of the position we find ourselves in we always focus on what we do and how we go about doing it - our playing process.
"It will be no different this week except that the team will have to manage underlying desires to win the league," he said.
Final Round of matches
Saturday 16 December
Team Wellington v Southern United
Auckland City FC v Tasman United
Sunday 17 December
Canterbury United v Hawke's Bay United
Waitakere United v Eastern Suburbs AFC
Wellington Phoenix U-17 v Hamilton Wanderers
National Youth League - Honours Board
2017 - Hamilton Wanderers
2016 - Team Wellington
2015 - Nelson-Marlborough Falcons
2014 - Auckland City FC
2013 - Auckland City FC
2012 - Canterbury United
2011 - Waitakere United
2010 - Canterbury United
2009 - Auckland City FC
2008 - Waitakere United
2007 - Auckland City FC
2006 - Capital Football
2005 - Capital Football
2004 - North Harbour
2003 - Capital Football
2002 - Auckland Football
v Wellington Olympic, 11 March 2023, KO: TBC