Words: ACFC Media
Thursday 28 February 2019
HONIARA, Solomon Islands - Auckland City FC coach Ramon Tribulietx says it's only human to feel for Tupapa Maraerenga after today's 15-0 win in Honiara.
The Navy Blues thumped the Cook Islands champions in a complete washout but Tribulietx refused to rub salt in the preliminary winners wounds instead offering hope.
"The best respect we could show Tupapa was to go for the game to the best of our ability and to compete regardless of any disparity between the teams.
"Goal difference was very important for us today because of the score on Sunday between Tupapa and Solomon Warriors.
"Solomon Warriors hit ten goals so we had to focus on the win and push for as many goals as we could get.
"In the end we won 15-0 and it's natural that you feel for your opponents in some respects because you want them to improve so all corners of the Oceania Football Confederation improve standards," Tribulietx told www.aucklandcityfc.com.
The record winning margin in any OFC club competition was set by Central United when they thrashed Tonga's Lotoha'apai 16-0 nearly 20 years ago. Wollongong Wolves equalled that score when they defeated Lotoha'apai by the same margin 15 months later.
Tribulietx said there was little point gloating over a mis-match and said that he empathised with their plight and it was important for Tupapa to look for practical steps forward to improve.
"I hope they learn from this result and help to improve their game in the future.
"Football is not the number one sport in the Cook Islands and it is still in a phase of development.
"I've been involved with teams in other sports and you put together a side that is perhaps not brought up with the game and they do suffer big defeats in the beginning.
"With time, with perseverance, with training, in time things can get better. The Cook Islands will need some time to produce players that can play at a higher level and this can be a first step for them.
"It's important to not stop because of a result like this. Everyone has been in situations in life where there are setbacks and that is the way forward.
"I wish Tupapa all the best for the future, for sure," he said.
Auckland City FC's win, combined with AS Magenta's surprise 3-0 win over Solomon Warriors, means the Navy Blues need only a draw from their last group match with the hosts to claim a home quarter-final next month.
Tribulietx is delighted his team enjoys a slight edge over the hosts going into the match.
"We never plan for draws but it will be a game the first important element is to recover.
"We were able to rotate players today. Physically it wasn't too demanding and we've got three days to prepare.
"We'll try to be competitive and play the same way we always do. The later kick-off may help us in less hot conditions but we'll field a team that is in the best condition to compete for the win."
OFC Champions League - Group D
Wednesday 27 February 2019
Tupapa Maraerenga 0
Auckland City FC 15 (Omar GUARDIOLA 20', 40', 57' Fabrizio TAVANO 28', 63', 85', David BROWNE 53', 82', Micah LEA'ALAFA 62', 84, Maro BONSU-MARO 65', 68', 73', 90+2', Dan MORGAN 72')
AC: 18. Ruben PARKER (GK), 2. Darren WHITE, 5. Angel BERLANGA (c), 7. Cam HOWIESON (19. David BROWNE 46'), 11. Fabrizio TAVANO, 12. Dylan MANICKUM (10. Micah LEA'ALAFA 56'), 15. Dan MORGAN, 16. Yousif ALI, 17. Reid DRAKE, 22. Omar GUARDIOLA (21. Maro BONSU-MARO 65'), 23. Alfie ROGERS.
SUBS NOT USED: 1. Enaut ZUBIKARAI (GK), 8. Albert RIERA, 14. Jordan VALE, 20. Te Atawhai HUDSON-WIHONGI.
COACH: Ramon TRIBULIETX.
BIGGEST WINS IN OCEANIA CLUB COMPETITION
1. Central United 16-0 Lotoha'apai (1999)
2. Wollongong Wolves 16-0 Lotoha'apai (2001)
3. Auckland City FC 15-0 Tupapa Maraerenga (2019)
4. AS Venus 14-1 Kiwi FC (1999)
5. Nadi 13-0 Kiwi FC (1999)
6. Team Wellington 13-0 Kiwi FC (2019)
7. AS Venus 14-1 Kiwi FC (1999)
8. Auckland City FC 12-2 AS Mont Dore (2013)
9. Auckland City FC 11-0 Malampa Revivors (2017)
10. Team Wellington 11-0 Lae Cigty Dwellers (2018)
11. Waitakere United 10-0 AS Tefana (2011)
12. Solomon Warriors 10-1 Tupapa Maraerenga (2019)
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