Team Wellington went to the top of the ASB Youth League on Sunday with a 3-0 victory over Auckland United at Centre Park in Mangere.
Coming into the round tied with Southern at the top of the standings but second on goal difference, Team Wellington were 2-0 to the good at halftime thanks to goals from Sam Dewar and Kwame Norku while a second half own goal from Auckland United completed the job for the visitors.
The result lifts Team Wellington to sole possession of first place on 12 points with WaiBOP United, 4-3 winners over Southern United, in second place, two points behind.
Michael Built’s WaiBOP side seemed set to get their win Tahuna Park in Dunedin, holding a 3-1 halftime lead but a second half double from Lewis Jackson had the hosts level in the 73rd minute.
But the visitors responded as Marc Evans struck his third goal of the day with six minutes to go earning the late victory for his side.
Auckland City moved to the top of a clutch of teams in third position with a 3-2 win over Canterbury United at ASB Football Park in Christchurch.
Bookend goals from Myer Bevan and Reid Drake effort two minutes after halftime paved the way for the result for Jose Figueira’s side despite goals from Renta Yamamoto – who opened the scoring in the third minute – and Sho Mathieson.
Cross-town rivals Waitakere United sit behind Auckland City on goal difference after their 5-0 home victory over Heartland Wairarapa at QBE Stadium on Sunday.
A double inside two minutes late in the first half from Judd Baker set the hosts on their way before FIFA U-20 World Cup striker Noah Billingsley edged the west Aucklanders further ahead before the break. A Heartland Wairarapa own goal after the hour and an 81st minute Ryan Clarke effort completed the scoring.
The defending champion Nelson Marlborough Falcons side continued to alternate wins and losses – claiming a 5-1 victory over Hawke’s Bay United at Trafalgar Park on Sunday.
A second half hat-trick inside four minutes from Omar Guardiola was the star turn for the hosts while Matt Tod-Smith struck a first half double. Campbell Hawtler hit the only response for the visitors in the first period.
In the Saturday fixture, the Wellington Phoenix recorded a 3-0 win over Manawatu United at Memorial Park in Petone to move into eighth spot.
First half goals from Luke Tongue and Gianni Bouzoukis had the Phoenix youngsters ahead at halftime and Max Mata’s 75th minute strike ended any doubt about the destination of the points.
The sixth round of the ASB Youth League continues over the weekend of November 14-15 with the feature clash of Team Wellington and WaiBOP United on Saturday at 2pm at Dave Farrington Park in Wellington.
ASB Youth League 2015 – Round 5
Wellington Phoenix 3-0 Manawatu United (half: 2-0)
WP: Luke Tongue 11’, Gianni Bouzoukis 38’, Max Mata 75’
Nelson Marlborough Falcons 5-1 Hawke’s Bay United (half: 2-1)
NM: Omar Guardiola 47’, 49’, 51’, Matt Tod-Smith 12’, 29’
HB: Campbell Hawtler 20’
Waitakere United 5-0 Heartland Wairarapa (half: 3-0)
WU: Judd Baker 38’, 40’, Noah Billingsley 44’, OG 66’, Ryan Clarke 81’
Southern United 3-4 WaiBOP United (half: 1-3)
SU: Benjamin O’Farrell 19’, Lewis Jackson 68’, 73’
WB: Marc Evans 21’, 22’, 84’, Paul Clout 26’
Canterbury United 2-3 Auckland City FC (half: 1-1)
CU: Renta Yamamoto 3’, Sho Mathieson 88’
AC: Myer Bevan 25’, 70’, Reid Drake 47’
Auckland United 0-3 Team Wellington (half: 0-2)
TW: Sam Dewar 22’, Kwame Norku 45’, OG 68’