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Auckland
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Sun 16 Mar, 2.35pm, 2014
Kiwitea St, Sandringham

2013/14 ASBP Media Guide

2013/14 ASBP Draw

Round 8 - Auckland v Waikato

Squad List

"Auckland best in 25 years" - Edge

By Bob Pearce / asbpremiership.co.nz 

AUCKLAND - It’s like Athletic Bilbao travelling to the Nou Camp to take on Barcelona. That’s Waikato coach Declan Edge’s take on his team’s trip to Kiwitea St to take on Auckland City on Sunday.

Trust the innovative coach to come up with a comparison from the Spanish League to convey the task facing his young charges as they tackle the ASB Premiership leaders with their coach, Ramon Tribulietx, and his talented squad, several of whom speak the language and try to emulate the skills of the world champions.

“It’s a huge step up for us and a big challenge,” said Edge. “Only a few weeks ago I was watching Auckland play the Japanese champions and I thought they were very, very unlucky not to get something from that game.
 
“They came to our ground at the start of the season and beat us 5-1. We did say we would find it hard at the start and as games go on we would be more dangerous.
 
“We’re looking forward to Sunday. I’ve said I think Auckland are the best I’ve seen in 25 years and we can learn from the masters.”
 
Waikato come north fresh from a 2-0 victory over Otago United in Dunedin and, after a slow start, now lie sixth in the Premiership. For the record Athletic Bilbao lie fifth in La Liga. They drew 2-2 at home with Barcelona in November and don’t travel to the Nou Camp until April.
 
Edge would have been given hope of an upset result for his team on Sunday after Auckland struggled to beat Amicale of Vanuatu 3-2 in an O-League clash on Wednesday.
 
The home team were ahead 2-1 at the break but clearly felt the effects of playing two games in five days and were relieved to come out 3-2 victors after the visitors took advantage of their tired legs in the second spell. A third game in the space of eight days will be a further challenge.
 
“It’s going to be very tough,” said Tribulietx after the O-League scare. “We played all right in the first half and they scored from a one-off chance but we tired in the second half and the players were clearly feeling the effects of playing twice in quick succession after the Christmas break.
 
“We’ll have to recover as well as possible for Sunday because Waikato know how to keep the ball and they have gained confidence.
 
“Their coach deserves a lot of credit for playing a different style and giving the young players a chance to develop their game. It is definitely the way of the future for New Zealand football.”
 
Waikato captain Adam Thomas opted to move back over the Bombays after a spell with Auckland City last season. He will relish the chance to chase points against his old team, who are still reorganising their defence after fullback Ian Hogg flew out for a trial in Sweden. 

As Amicale exerted pressure on Wednesday, the well-oiled machine developed some uncharacteristic misfires.

 

Head to Head

Auckland City

Waikato FC

In:

Mario ILICH and Simon ARMS are called up for first team action.

Ryan THOMAS is added to the squad after overcoming injury.

Out:

Sam CAMPBELL and Ian HOGG leave for trials in Australia and Sweden respectively, while Thomas DOYLE eyes a US College Scholarship.

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Players:

Luis CORRALES is suspended.

Waikato FC skipper Adam THOMAS returns to Kiwitea Street for the first time since helping Auckland City win last year's OFC Champions League.

Vital Stats:

Auckland City has won ten matches in a row with Waikato FC with last season’s encounters yielding 3-2 and 5-1 victories for the O-League champions.

Waikato FC’s first and last win over Auckland City at Kiwitea Street was a 2-1 victory back in 2004-05 season. Declan EDGE is the only Waikato FC coach to oversee wins over Auckland City with 1-0 and 2-1 home wins notched in 2005-06 season.

 

Squad List

 Auckland City

ASB Premiership - Round 8
Kiwitea Street, Sandringham

Waikato FC  

Sunday 22 January, 2012 
Kickoff: 2pm


1- Jacob SPOONLEY (GK)

1- Mark FULCHER (GK)

5- Angel BERLANGA

2- Tyler LISSETTE

6- Chad COOMBES

3- Jesse SMITH

7- James PRITCHETT

4- Mohammed AWAD

8- David MULLIGAN

6- Mike KRAMER

9- Manel EXPOSITO

7- Jason HICKS

11- Daniel KOPRIVCIC

8- Matteo BALLAN

13- Alex FENERIDIS

10- Adam THOMAS (c)

14- Adam DICKINSON

14- Josh GREENE

15- Ivan VICELICH (c)

15- Jesse EDGE

16- Albert RIERA

16- Ray HOW

17- Adam McGEORGE

17- Michael MAYNE

20- Emiliano TADE

19- Harry EDGE

22- Andrew MILNE

21- Tyler BOYD

23- Simon ARMS

23- Jordan SHAW

24- Mario ILICH

24- Ryan THOMAS

26- Liam ANDERSON (GK)