Three wins in a row for Team Wellington but Auckland City remains on top

The weekend of football in New Zealand top tier saw the recovery of Team Wellington confirmed as they demolished Southern United at David Farrigton Park. After a winless period, the club from the capital could record their third win in a row. Despite their efforts, their distance to Auckland City who currently sits first in the ladder is still significant, with three points separating the two sides.

Myer Bevan could not keep his goalscoring form against Eastern Suburbs – ACFC Media

The Gridlock Derby between Auckland City and Eastern Suburbs could not have a winner. The Kiwitea Street saw the best team so far in the league to a goaless draw to the current ISPS Handa Premiership title holders. Myer Bevan could not score for the seventh game in a row, but he is still the player who most scored in the league with nine.

Differently from Auckland, in Wellington we saw six goals in the draw of Wellington Phoenix Reserves and Canterbury United. George King found the nets for Canterbury, but just two minutes later Ahmed Othman found an equalizer for the young side of Wellington Phoenix. Byron Heath put Welligton upfront at the 19th minute of play and just in the second half the veteran Aaron Clapham could find the nets to put a 2-2 in the scoreline. In the final minutes more two goals for each side, Ahmed Othman scored once more for his side and Juan Chang put the final numbers to the scoreborad at the 97th – injury time – to grab a point for his side.

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Juan Chang celebrates his late equalizer – Phoenix Media

In Napier, Hawke’s Bay United saw Waitakere United score first through the effort of Jake Porter. The American striker Ahinga Selemani scored to level the match for HBU, but Lachlan McIsaac put Waitakere once again ahead just before half time.

The second half was entirely dominated by Hawke’s Bay since they could score three goals to bounce back in the match. Ihaia Delaney was key for his side scoring a brace in the match and with Joshua Signey adding another, to win again in the compeition by 4-2.

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Hawke’s Bay players celebrate one of their four goals – Steph Gunter

Finally Hamilton Wanderers got back to their winning days; they won away from home Tasman United at Trafalgar Park with a decisive goal of the Papua New Guinean international Tommy Semmy. Wanderers scored first through the captain Derek Tieku, but Matt Todd-Smith leveled for Tasman at the 25th minute of play. The negative record seemed to continue after the youngster Jesse Randall scored for Tasman at the injury time of the first half – his first goal at senior level.

But the second half told another story in favour of Hamilton. A penalty well taken by Jake Butler and a beautiful free-kick of Tommy Semmy sealed the second win for Hamilton in the league.

Hamilton celebrates Tieku goal – NZF Media

Team Wellington kept their good run with a third victory in a row with massive result against Southern United at home – a 6-1 win proved the quality the former OFC Champions League winners. The brace of the young gun Jack-Henry Sinclair, the 5th goal of the season of the striker Hamish Watson and the first senior goal for the 17-year old Marko Stamenic marked the win of TeeDubs. Garbhan Coughlan scored the consolation goal for the men from Dunedin.

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Marko Stamenic scored his first senior goal for Team Wellington – NZF Media

Auckland City continues in the top of the table with 17 points now, but saw their five-point lead recuded to three after a draw at home against Eastern Suburbs. Team Wellington is now closer with 14 points and Hawke’s Bay United and Eastern Suburbs complete the current top four teams for playoff – the full standings and goalscorers you can see by clicking here.

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