The ISPS Handa Premiership weekened was full of goalls in all its five matches; Auckland City came from behind to beat Hawke’s Bay at Kiwitea Street and Hamilton Wanderers collected very important three points after beating Team Wellington at home. The results of the round put Auckland City in the top of the table now with six points of difference from Team Wellington – the Navy Blues keep unbeaten in the season so far.
Tasman and Southern promised a very tight contest in Blenheim, but the story told was completely different: 5-0 was the final result with a magnificent performance from the home side that gave no chances to the visitors. Jean-Philippe Saïko scored his third goal in the season to open the scoreline and still in the first half the defender Fox Slotemaker doubled the lead for Tasman.
More three goals came for the team coached by Jess Ibrom in the second half; the new signing Ben Watson scored the third for Tasman and the talented youngster Jesse Randall added the fourth to the account. Cory Vickers scored the fifth to give final numbers to the match in the 69th minute of play. The strong win by Tasman put them now inside the top four.
The things did not start well for the current title holders Eastern Suburbs in Christchurch against Canterbury United; Calum Ferguson headed in the first minute of the game the opener for the home side – but the outcome of the game was totally different than the starting minutes.
The debutant Adam Thurston, Christian Gray and a brace from the Uruguyan Martin Bueno put the Eastern Suburbs upfront with an emphatic 4-1 lead at the end of the first half. Despite all efforts from the home side, the Lilywhites scored another two in the second half with a penalty taken by Thurston and another from Reid Drake. After six matches without a win, Eastern Suburbs finally are back to the winning days and in style.
In Porirua Park in Wellington, Phoenix Reserves received the Auckland based-side Waitakere United. Both sides looked to recover in the table – Phoenix Reserves dropped two points allowing a late equalizer in their previous match against Southern and Waitakere was smashed by Auckland City by 6-2.
The talented Jake Porter put Waitakere upfront in the scoreline, but it did not take long for Byron Heath to put Nix Reserves back to the game in the 22th minute of the game. Dane Schnell put again the visitors upfront five minutes later the equalizer from Heath and the 1-2 was the final score in the first half.
The youngster Riley Bidois put WeeNix leveled in the scoreline in the 52th minute, but again, two minutes later, Nicholas Zambrano scored in favour of Waitakere United. In the final moments of the game Byron Heath found an equalizer for the homeside, but Alex Connor-McClean at the 96th of play gave all points of the clash for the visitors.
Auckland City had to fight to beat at home Hawke’s Bay United. The Napier-based side took a surprising lead after the goal scored by the experieced central defender Bill Robertson. But it did not take long for the home side to equalize – three minutes later Myer Bevan scored through a penalty kick to give the equalizer for the Navy Blues. Just one minute later, the Spanish defender Angel Berlanga put the current premiers upfront, to give the final numbers in the first half.
The new signing of Hawke’s Bay United, Angus Kilkolly coming from Team Wellington, had a instant impact as he scored the equalizer for the visitors in the second half. Ten minutes later from Kikolly goal, Myer Bevan scored his 12th of the season to put Auckland in front again. Cam Howieson scored the final goal of the clash in the 90th of the match to seal the Navy Blues win: 4-2.
Hamilton Wanderers is really coming in a high; a superb win by the club against Team Wellington put the club in the 3rd position in the table as Hawke’s Bay was defeat by Auckland City. Wanderers scored early in the game with the effort of Derek Tieku at the 11th minute of play – his seventh of the season. The scoreboard was unchanged until the last whistle of the referee, despite a lot of fight from TeeDubs to find an equalizer.
Wanderers are now only three points away Team Wellington in the table and they have still one match to be played from the clash against Waitakere United which was forced to be finished before the final whistle due climate conditions. The team leadered by Jake Butler has Tommy Semmy and Derek Tieku as their offensive standouts in the season so far combining for 11 goals.
Team Wellington suffered a major upset; they are now 6 points away Auckland City in the table and will have to be careful to defend their second place in the run.
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