Team Wellington pulled level with Southern United at the top of the ASB Youth League on Saturday after the fourth round of the competition around the country.
Playing at David Farrington Park in Wellington, the side from the capital got their third win of the season to match the visitors’ total of nine points from four outings.
A Finn Moore first half brace set the hosts on their way while Blake Weston’s 61st minute strike provided further insurance the Team Wellington side didn’t eventually need as they handed Southern their first defeat of the competition.
Canterbury United hold third spot after their 3-1 away victory over Heartland Wairarapa on Saturday at Memorial Park in Masterton.
Ryan Stanley gave the visitors an 11th minute lead before Heartland levelled in the 26th minute through Michael McCutcheon. But it was the visitors who went on with the job in the second half, goals nine minutes apart from Meysum Shafahi and Abdul Khalifa confirming Canterbury’s second win of the season as they remain the only unbeaten side in the league.
WaiBOP United went fourth with a resounding 5-1 win over Hawke’s Bay United at St Peter’s College in Cambridge on Sunday.
The hosts were 3-0 up at halftime thanks to scoring contributions from Dylan Bull, Blair Bates and Paul Clout and it was 5-0 after 52 minutes thanks to a Hawke’s Bay own goal and a Bailey Webster effort.
Hawke’s Bay substitute Jett Hogg was able to pull one back for the visiting team late on but that was as good as it got.
Manawatu remain in fifth position despite a suffering through a heavy 7-0 thrashing at the hands of sixth-placed Auckland City at Memorial Park in Palmerston North.
After Patrick Hay’s 25th minute opener, the visitors banged in six unanswered in the second period including a hat-trick to Regont Murati and a double to Myer Bevan.
Nick Sugden celebrates his goal for Waitakere v Nelson on Sunday. Photo by www.photosport.co.nz
Defending champions Nelson Marlborough are down in eighth place after a 3-0 loss to seventh-placed Waitakere United at Trafalgar Park in Nelson.
Joseph Nottage handed Waitakere a 1-0 lead on the stroke of halftime and second half goals to Judd Baker and Nick Sugden ended any doubt about the destination of the three points.
Auckland United and the Wellington Phoenix occupy ninth and 10th spots respectively following their 1-1 draw at Centre Park in Mangere on Sunday.
Jayden Van Der Heijden gave the hosts a 16th minute advantage which looked like being enough until Max Mata found an 85th minute equaliser for the visitors.
The fifth round of the competition continues over the weekend of November 7-8.
ASB Youth League 2015 – Round 4
October 31-November 1
Team Wellington 3-0 Southern United (half: 2-0)
TW: Finn Moore 17’, 38’, Blake Weston 61’
Heartland Wairarapa 1-3 Canterbury United (half: 1-1)
HW: Michael McCutcheon 26’
CU: Ryan Stanley 11’, Meysum Shafahi 52’, Abdul Khalifa 61’
WaiBOP United 5-1 Hawke’s Bay United (half: 3-0)
WB: Dylan Bull 6’, Blair Bates 24’, Paul Clout 31’, OG 46’, Bailey Webster 52’
HB: Jett Hogg 75’
Auckland United 1-1 Wellington Phoenix (half: 1-0)
AU: Jayden Van Der Heijden 16’
WP: Max Mata 85’
Manawatu United 0-7 Auckland City FC (half: 0-1)
AC: Patrick Hay 25’, Myer Bevan 47’, 68’, Regont Murati 50’, 77’, 87, Nicolas Zambrano 73’
Nelson Marlborough Falcons 0-3 Waitakere United (half: 0-1)
WU: Joseph Nottage 45′, Judd Baker 63′, Nick Sugden 65′