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

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Auckland City

YoungHeart Manawatu


ASB Premiership - Round 7, Kiwitea St, 16/12/12


Chris Bale 16'
Emiliano Tade 19'
Manel Exposito 41' (pen) David Browne 70'




Halftime:3-0                       Referee: Isaac Trevis                               Crowd:1027 


Browne debut goal catches the eye

by Bob Pearce at Kiwitea St

AUCKLAND - Sixteen-year-old David Browne scored an eye-catching goal on debut as Auckland City beat Young Heart Manawatu 4-0 at Kiwitea St.
The youngster, who is still at St Peter’s College, came on in the 67th minute with the score at 3-0 and added some vitality to an Auckland team who were beginning to show some after effects of their trip to Japan for the FIFA Club World Cup.
Within a couple of minutes Browne, who grew up in Papua New Guinea, had the ball in the net, only to be ruled offside.

Nothing daunted, a couple of minutes later he made sure from close range on the angle for his first in the ASB Premiership.
On a warm and sunny Auckland day the home team were always going to be wary of conceding ground to the rest of the Premiership teams after their two-game absence.

They were quickly into their usual possession-based routine and Manawatu took time to adjust to the pace of the game.
In the 16th minute Auckland went ahead when the impressive Chris Bale got his head to an Alex Feneridis corner.

Three minutes later Emiliano Tade couldn’t believe his luck when he was left unmarked in front of goal for a simple conversion.
Just before the break Manel Exposito was brought down by Nathan Cooksley and referee Isaac Trevis, who had an excellent game, had no hesitation awarding a penalty, which Exposito drove home.
Manawatu were much more on the pace in the second spell as Auckland legs wearied and there were chances for Seule Soromon, who had come on as a substitute, and Adam Cowan. But it was the mercurial Browne who had the last word.
Manawatu coach Stu Jacobs was far from disconsolate about the defeat, seeing a number of positive signs against a quality team.
“Last year we came here into the Lions’ Den and were smothered by five goals,” he said. “This time it was four but it was a very different game. We had five good chances and we should have scored from three.
“In the first half we had to defend well, but we turned the ball over too often. We reassessed at halftime and we were much better but you’ve got to score when you have the chance. “
Auckland coach Ramon Tribulietx was enthusiastic about Browne’s debut and satisfied with the way his team coped with the travel weariness they felt.
“David has been training with us for some time but he’s only 16 and I’ve been looking for the right opportunity to give him a chance and he didn’t disappoint me.
“We dominated the first half with about 75 per cent of the ball but in the end we got a little bit tired. Luis Corrales has just had a baby and he’s hardly had any sleep for the past three days.”
Auckland have a catch-up game against Waikato on January 9. Four days later they are away to Canterbury United.


Team Sheet

Auckland City


YoungHeart Manawatu

12 Tamati Williams(GK)

1 Matt Borren(GK)

5 Angel Berlanga (Corrales45)

3 Wade Randle

7 James Pritchett

4 Kade Schrijvers

8 Chris Bale

6 Matt Kennedy

9 Manel Exposito (Browne 67)

8 Nathan Cooksley

11 Daniel Koprivcic (Hicks 55)

11 Tom Mosquera (Higgins 83)

13 Alex Feneridis

14 Tyson Brandt Robson 67)

15 Ivan Vicelich

15 Billy Scott (Soromon 55)

16 Albert Riera

17 Jordan Martens

20 Emiliano Tade

18 Dale Higham

22 Andrew Milne

10 Adam Cowan



18 Damian Hirst

2 Liam Higgins

2 Simon Arms

9 Seule Soromon

6 Jason Hicks

22 Grant Robson

10 Luis Corrales

19 Ben Wilkes

22 David Browne

5 Sam Redwood


=yellow card

=2 yellow cards

= red card

Play by Play

1 min

We're off early, too much missed passes to start with

3 mins

Manawatu attack early but snuffed out

8 mins

Feneridis freekick sails over bar

16 mins

GOAL! Feneridis corner, Bale back heads

19 mins

GOAL! Tade left unmarked fires low shot under goalie

24 mins

All Auckland at th moment with Manawatu forced into full out defence

40 mins

Cooksley downs Exposito penalty

41 mins

GOAL!Exposito buries kick

45 mins

Tade misses golden chance. Halftime whistle, no extras, 3-0

Change at the break, Corrales on for Berlaga

55 mins

Hicks for Koprivcic, Soromon for Scott

59 mins

Auckland corner, Feneridis takes, cleared twice

61 mins

attack after attack by Auckland, perhaps too elaborate in buildup

63 mins

Sometired legs in Auckland ranks.

64 mins

Soromon dinks ball to Cowan but his lob just too high

65 mins

Lovely ball from Milne, but Corrales header wide

67 mins

Browne on Exposito off.

69 mins

Brandt off Robson on.

70 mins

Browne ges ball in net but offside,

GOAL! Browne makes amends from close range.

72 mins

Yellow card for Martens for foul on Feneridis, freekick cleared

77 mins

Mosquera pinches loose ball and earns corner, ball headed over by Martens

80 mins

Dale Higham ges rare shot for Manawatu, easy for Williams

82 mins

Good save by Borren point blank from Tade.

83 mins

Higgins for Mosquera.

84 mins

Browne misses chance, earns corner, goalie clears

86 mins

Soromon has added some colour with odd-coloured boots.

87 mins

Three shots by Manawatu, Williams has to save two and ten clears corner.

90 mins

Three mins to be added

90 plus one

Yellow card. Robson for tackle

90 plus two

Soromon clear on goal but worried off ball by Pritchett.

Final whistle 4-0 and Auckland take three points.