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Auckland City

Team Wellington


ASB Premiership - Semi-final 2nd leg
Kiwitea Street, Sandringham
Sunday 27 March, 2011
Auckland win 7-1 on aggregate


Daniel Koprivcic 1' 53
Adam Dickinson 30'
Luis Corrales 64'
Manel Exposito 85'

Hicham Kamri 16'



Halftime:2-1                       Referee: Peter O'Leary                               Crowd:637 


Stylish City seal semifinal win 

by Bob Pearce at Kiwitea Street

Daniel Koprivcic (centre right) celebrates with Auckland team mates. were flying in both directions after Auckland City beat Team Wellington 5-1 to seal their ASB Premiership semifinal 7-2 on aggregate at Kiwitea St yesterday.

Wellington coach Stu Jacobs was disappointed that his team had failed to make the Grand Final but he paid a heartfelt tribute to Auckland.

"I haven't seen a better brand of football in the national league," said the experienced coach. "All credit to the Spanish influence and the discipline of the players."

From the winning team co-coach Ramon Tribulietx in return gave credit to the visitors.

"It was one of our best performances against one of the best teams in New Zealand. That tells you a lot."

The second leg was hardly under way before Auckland had added to their 2-0 away tally with a goal in the 40th second when the Wellington defence allowed Danko Koprivcic to dance across the penalty area past half a dozen tentative tacklers before firing the ball into the corner of the net.

To their credit Wellington kept up their attacking policy and in the 16th minute they were rewarded when Emiliano Tade weaved through the defence on the left and fired a shot/centre that Hicham Kamri volleyed into the net.

It took a clever one-two between Manel Exposito and Adam Dickinson for Dickinson to restore Auckland's lead in the 30th minute, his first goal of the season at a timely moment.

Wellington were chasing the game in the second spell and the gaps opened up in their defence. Koprivcic made it 3-1 from a Stu Hogg cross in the 53rd minute, Luis Corrales scored his usual goal against his former club in the 64th and Exposito, after being foiled by goalie Phil Imray on three occasions, finally beat the keeper in the 85th.

"That early score gave us confidence," said Tribulietx.

"They had to go for it. We had a lot of space and we made good use of it.

"We have humidity in southern Spain but nothing like Auckland today. We know we're going to have the same when we go to Vanuatu for the O-League final next Saturday. We will have to play at our best again because they've got some quality players."

Jacobs knew the task of making up a 2-0 deficit was going to be tough and he was pleased at the way his players responded.

"They kept playing to the end and that was a credit to the boys. We were in it when we scored but that second goal was a killer. Phil Imray played a blinder or it could have been more."

Auckland's three All Whites arrived back from China at 1 pm, but only goalie Jacob Spoonley played. They have a busy schedule with the O-League first leg against Amicale of Vanuatu in Port Vila next Saturday. The Grand Final of the ASB Premiership is on  the following Sunday and the home leg of the O-League final on April 17. 



Team Sheet

Auckland City


Team Wellington

1 Jacob Spoonley (GK)

1 Phil Imray (GK)

2 Angel Berlanga

2 Scott Robson

3 Ian Hogg

3 Jamie Duncan

4 Sam Campbell

5 Jamie O'Connor

6 Stuart Kelly

12 Emiliano Tade

7 James Pritchett (Thomas 61)

13 Karl Whalen

9 Manel Exposito

14 Hicham Kamri

11 Daniel Koprivcic

18 Darren Cheriton

13 Alex Feneridis

19 George Barbarouses

14 Adam Dickinson (Milne 68)

23 Ryan Cain

16 Albert Riera (Corrales 50)

24 Tyler Lissette (Abba 49)



10 Luis Corrales

25 Lance Ramaekers (RGK)

12 Liam Little (RGK)

7 Wiremu Patrick

20 Riki Van Steeden

11 Andrew Abba

22 Andrew Milne

22 Justin Gulley

23 Adam Thomas


=yellow card

=2 yellow cards

= red card

Play by Play

0 mins

Plane delivered Auckland City All Whites at 1 pm from China via Hongkong. Only goalie Jake Spoonley named in lineup

also 0 mins

Hot and humid but no rain at the moment. Extra time might be a bit dark!

We're off. Auckland playing away from clubhouse


GOAL! One-two Dickinson-Koprivcic and Koprivcic allowed to waltz across penalty area and fies ball into corner

2 mins

Wellington playing three up front but so far it's been all Auckland.

5 mins

Auckland right wing corner. Headed over the top

7 mins

Wellington's first shot, easy for Spoonley

9 mins

Exposito allowed to run and deflected wide. Corner cleared.

12 mins

Barbarouses again through but shot weak

14 mins

Wellington corner, Spoonley fumbles, Tade shot just wide.

16 mins

GOAL! Tade fools defence and crosses hard and Kamri volleys home.

20 mins

Yellow for Barbarouses for tackle on Exposito, freekick wasted

23 mins

Wellington are well in this, feeding off some loose Auckland passing.

27 mins

Left wing corner for Wellington

29 mins

Sweeping Auckland raid leaves Fenerisis free for shot but he blazes over

30 mins

GOAL! Dickinson one-two with Exposito, Dickinson finishes for his first goal of the year.

33 mins

Kamry Has half-chance but squanders it.

34 mins

Imray saves header by Exposito from cross by Hogg.

37 mins

Fingertip save by Imray from curler from Exposito

42 mins

Wellington need a goal to upset Auckland's rhythm.

45 mins

One minute to be added.

45 plus one

Great save by Imray from shot by Exposito after defence on Wellington's right exposed.

HALFTIME: Auckland City lead Team Wellington 2-1 (4-1 on aggregate).

46 mins

We're off again. Wellington out early raring to go

47 mins

Robson breaks on right but cross sails wide.

48 mins

Exposito through but closed down by Whalen and goalie.

49 mins

Subs Wellington:Abba for Lissette, Patrick for Kamri

50 mins

Sub Auckland Corrales on for Riera

53 mins

GOAL! Hogg crosses from left Koprivcic finishes

56 mins

Spoonley saves well from Tade 

60 mins

Another stunning save from Exposito close range on Imray.

61 mins

Thomas on for Pritchett.

62 mins

Another great save by Imray from Exposito. The Spaniard must wonder what he has to do to get through.

64 mins

GOAL! Corrales produces perfect finish after Spoonley finds him with clearance.

65 mins

Abba shot after corner touched over by Spoonley

68 mins

Milne on for Dickinson

71 mins

Gulley shoots straight at Spoonley, well held.

78 mins

freekick to Wellington on edge of area. Tade shoots over top, the game is slipping away.

80 mins

Quick Wellington break but Tade shoots wide.

85 mins

GOAL! Andrew Milne finds Exposito in miles of space and this time he beats the goalie

89 mins

Freekick to Auckland on edge of area, corner. Cleared.

90 mins

One to be added.

90 plus one mins

Fulltime: 5-1, Auckland now play either Waitakere or Canterbury in the Grand Final on April 10 in Auckland.