Team Wellington's Luis Corrales wants to end ASB Premiership career with title

Luis Corrales would love nothing more than to finish his ASB Premiership career with an elusive title.

Despite winning two Oceania Club Championships during his three years at Auckland City FC, he did not win a domestic title as Waitakere United reigned supreme.

He's received four runners-up medals, including two with current club Team Wellington, but desperately wants to win Thursday's final with his favourite Wellington team.

"This final means a lot to me as it will more than likely be my last ASB game, I think it's time for me to have more time with my lovely family.

"I hope this is the time I get to lift this trophy, one last chance."

Corrales knows exactly what to expect from his former team-mates in the final.

"Auckland are very patient on the ball and look after it well, they always keep possession and it's very hard to press them for 90 minutes.

"They have a very talented group of players, especially up front, who can make difference in one on one situations."

Thursday's game will be the third time the two sides have met in an ASB Premiership or O-League final in the past two years.

Auckland won both of those deciders, a record Team Wellington attacker Tom Jackson was keen to rectify.

"For me personally they got one over us by beating us on penalties last April in the O-League, so I would love to get a piece of revenge here this Thursday.

"Finals are as much mental as they are physical, so we need to go out there and take the game to Auckland, whilst remaining fully concentrated for the full 90 minutes.

"We need to force them into making the mistakes, play smarter football than them, and then take the chances we create."

It was a similar story for defender Bill Robertson, who said remaining calm during the tense moments of the final would be key.

"Finals are obviously all about the outcome. Being the more composed and clinical team when opportunities present themselves is usually the difference in tight games [like this]."

Team Wellington top scorer Ben Harris will be back after missing his side's 3-1 semifinal win over Hawke's Bay United through suspension.

Skipper Cole Peverley should also be available after he missed the semi through injury.


ASB Premiership final

When and where: QBE Stadium, Auckland and Sky Sport 1, 7.35pm Thursday 

TAB (to win title): Auckland $1.30, Wellington $3.30 

Wellington: Scott Basalaj (GK), Liam Higgins, Steven Gulley, Anthony Hobbs, Bill Robertson, Chris Bale, Leonardo Villa, Cole Peverley (c), Tom Jackson, Luis Corrales, Mario Barcia, Andy Bevin, Alex Feneridis, Magno Vieira, Ben Harris, Fergus Neil, Saul Halpin, Conor McGlinchey, Alex Carr (GK), Taylor Schrijvers

Auckland: Jacob Spoonley (GK), Marko Dordevic, Takuya Iwata, Mario Bilen, Angel Berlanga, Jesse Edge, Michael Den Heijer, Darren White, Ryan De Vries, Adam McGeorge, Alfie Rogers, Clayton Lewis, Ivan Vicelich, Daewook Kim, Joao Moreira, Micah Lea'alafa, Emiliano Tade, Nathanael Hailemariam, Andrew Milne, Diego Rivas (GK), Fabrizio Tavano

eferee: Matt Conger

 - Stuff