The ISPS Handa Premiership weekend of football had only three matches in the schedule – the round was split due the OFC Champions League start -, but certainly the fans of the beautiful game in New Zealand are satisfied with the quality of the football played.
Auckland City smashed the last-placed side Canterbury United, no surprises; but in the other two matches of the weekend both Waitakere United and Hamilton Wanderers were surprised and lost important games in the process.
Southern United took on Waitakere United in Dunedin and started very well the clash; a great play by the Irishman Garbhan Coughlan ended up in Cody Brook’s feet – the attacker made no mistake and opened the account for the home team at the 4th minute of the game.
Waitakere did not want to stop their great run, after a massive win over Eastern Suburbs in the previous round. The Spaniard Gerard Garriga Gibert scored the equalizer for Waitakere after a corner, the capitalised an error from Southern defense to head the ball to the nets to put the game leveled.
The 1-1 was the result of the first half, but in the final 45 minutes, Cam Mackenzie had the chance to put his side upfront again, the attacker did not hesitate to finish and score the second for the Dunedin-based side to put his team ahead. Mackenzie goal gave final numbers for the clash, ending up in a hard-fought 2-1 victory of the home side.
Hamilton Wanderers expected a win over the Phoenix Reserves at Eden Park in Auckland, but the outcome of the match was different than what the team coached by Kale Herbert wanted.
The New Zealand U20 national team player Callan Elliot opened the scoreline in favour of Wellington Phoenix reserves; the young team kept the control of the match and ended the first half with a narrow lead.
Hamilton managed to bounce in the game after an unfortunate own goal by Phoenix Reserves defense at the 58th minute of play. But the Eden Park curtain raiser clash for the Wellington Phoenix first team match would still see a goal in the encounter: the young Riley Bidois broke the hearts of Hamilton at the 89th minute of play to give his side a very important win the league.
The nightmare of Cantebury United continues: the team travelled to Auckland to take on the powerhouse Auckland City and suffered a big defeat. The bad moment continues after a dark run in the proccess – being the last placed team in the standings.
Auckland City started their dominant win with the legend Emiliano Tade ath the 7th minute of play. Seven minutes later, the Ni-Vanuatu international Brian Kaltak scored the second for the home team after a confusion in the box. Myer Bevan, Alfie Rogers and Jordan Vale would still score in the first half to give Auckland a shocking 5-0 lead at the half time.
The Navy Blues just managed their lead in the second half; Canterbury United was able to reduce the deficit throught the efforts of Aaron Clapham in the 78th of the match, but this was only a consolation goal for the coached by Lee Padmore.
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