Team Wellington maintained top spot in the ASB Youth League after sixth round action around the country over the weekend.
In the battle of the top two sides heading into the round, Team Wellington struck three second half goals at Dave Farrington Park on Saturday to kick clear of WaiBOP United 4-1 on the day and in the standings.
Finn Moore scored the first of his two goals in the 35th minute to open the scoring before Kwame Norku made it 2-0 inside the opening 60 seconds of the second half.
Ten minutes later Moore made it 3-0 before Paul Clout pulled a goal back for the visitors soon after. Team Wellington substitute Jack Imray restored his side’s three-goal lead soon after entering the game to finish the scoring.
The victory – their fifth straight since an opening round loss to Waitakere United – moves Lloyd O’Keefe’s Team Wellington side to 15 points three clear of a trio of teams on 12 points.
Southern United are the first of those after they banged in five unanswered goals at Memorial Park in Palmerston North in a 5-0 win over Manawatu United.
All five goals came in the first half as Benjamin Wade and Lewis Jackson each struck twice while a Manawatu United own goal compounded the misery for the hosts.
Waitakere United sit in third place, behind Southern only on goal difference after their 1-0 derby victory over Auckland City FC at Kiwitea Street.
After a scoreless first half, Waitakere United substitute Niko Kirwan gave his side a 78th minute lead which Mark Holt’s side maintained through to the final whistle. Auckland City finished the game with 10 men after the dismissal of George Debenham in stoppage time for a second caution.
Defending champions Nelson Marlborough occupy fourth position after their 1-0 victory over the Wellington Phoenix at Wakefield Park in Wellington.
Josh Lis grabbed the only goal of the game for the visitors in the 79th minute.
Canterbury United sit fifth following their dramatic stoppage time over Hawke’s Bay United at Petane Domain in Napier.
A first half hat-trick to Fane Morgan had the hosts 3-2 up at the break but Canterbury’s Aiden Barbour-Ryan levelled for the visitors in the 74th minute.
With the game deep into stoppage time and Hawke’s Bay seemingly set for their first point of the season, Fraser Angus popped up in the seventh added minute to steal all three points for the visitors and leave the hosts rooted to the foot of the table.
Heartland Wairarapa lifted themselves off the bottom of the table as they picked up their first win of the season with a 2-0 victory over Auckland United on Saturday.
Elliot Callan gave the hosts a 34th minute lead at Memorial Park in Masterton before Mike McCutcheon’s second period insurance strike with 18 minutes remaining sealed the result which jumped Heartland Wairarapa over Hawke’s Bay United and within two points of Auckland United in 10th position.
Round seven of the ASB Youth League continues next weekend.
ASB Youth League 2015 – Round 6
Team Wellington 4-1 WaiBOP United (half: 1-0)
TW: Finn Moore 35’, 56’, Kwame Norku 46’, Jack Imray 69’
WB: Paul Clout 65’
Heartland Wairarapa 2-0 Auckland United (half: 1-0)
HW: Elliot Callan 34’, Mike McCutcheon 72’
Wellington Phoenix 0-1 Nelson Marlborough Falcons (half: 0-0)
NM: Josh Lis 79’
Manawatu United 0-5 Southern United (half: 0-5)
SU: Benjamin Wade 7’, 16’, OG 15’, Lewis Jackson 22’, 40’
Hawke’s Bay United 3-4 Canterbury United (half: 3-2)
HB: Fane Morgan 5’, 29’, 33’
CU: Ryan Stanley 14’, Renta Yamamoto 26’, Aiden Barbour-Ryan 74’, Fraser Angus 90+7’
Auckland City FC 0-1 Waitakere United (half: 0-0)
WU: Niko Kirwan 78’