Domestic league triumph has Team Wellington primed to avenge last year's OCL final defeat to Auckland

Team Wellington coach Matt Calcott says he will be drawing heavily on last month's stunning upset of Auckland City in the ASB Premiership final as they look capture their maiden Oceania Champions League crown on Saturday.

A Tom Jackson double saw Team Wellington set up a rematch of last year's OCL Champions League decider against the Navy Blues with a 2-0 victory over AS Magenta in the semifinals.

That occasion 12 months ago ended in heartbreak for the capital club as Auckland City won 4-3 on penalties after the match was tied at 1-1 at the end of regulation time.

But it's the most recent meeting between the teams, when the Wellingtonians snapped Auckland's 28-match unbeaten run in extra-time, that has Calcott confident they can go one better this time around.

"Mentally, the ASB Premiership final, that's a big lift for us," the coach said. "Knowing that we can do it on our small budget and on our probably smaller squad and knowing that we can get across the line if we do well... has been hugely beneficial."

Team Wellington will need to improve on Wednesday's performance, though, if they are to complete the double.

It was a scrappy display as New Caledonian side AS Magenta held them in check for 74 minutes before a Jackson penalty finally broke the deadlock.

And the striker made sure of the result two minutes later when he capitalised on a goalkeeping blunder with a looping header for his second.

But Calcott took heart from the fact that they managed to deliver despite being below their best.

"Some days things don't necessarily go well... but on those days you've just got to muck in and make sure that you're pretty solid and we did that," he added. 

"We knew that the game would open up in the last quarter and it turned out that way."

Auckland City, who cruised into the final with a 4-2 win over Tahitian side AS Tefana in the earlier match, will be aiming for their sixth consecutive Oceania club title, and eighth overall.

Calcott said Team Wellington's ability to control possession holds the key to their chances this weekend.

"In our last positive result against Auckland we got in possession more which was great so we hope to do more of that on Saturday. 

"We just need to improve with our ball possession."

Team Wellington 2 (Tom Jackson 74, 76) AS Magenta 0. HT: 0-0.

 

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