Defending ASB Youth League champions Nelson Marlborough Falcons bought the winning run of leaders Team Wellington to and end on Sunday in Nelson.
The hosts took a 3-1 victory over the visitors at Trafalgar Park, halting Team Wellington’s impressive winning streak to an end at six matches.
Max Winterton put Nelson ahead in the 38th minute and Riley Haymes made it 2-0 with 25 minutes to go. One of the league’s leading scorers through eight rounds, Finn Moore grabbed his seventh of the season to pull one back for Team Wellington, but Winterton ended the doubt with an 88th minute strike for the final margin.
The results still sees Team Wellington at the top of the pile but only on goal difference after Waitakere claimed a 3-2 win over the Wellington Phoenix on Saturday at Ngahue Reserve in Auckland.
The hosts came from a goal down after Gianni Bouzoukis opened the scoring for the Phoenix three minutes before halftime but early goals in the second half from Nick Sugden and Jake Porter had Waitakere ahead.
Bouzoukis responded again in the 83rd minute – taking his league-best goal tally to 10 – but Judd Baker’s 90th minute winner clinched Waitakere’s fifth straight victory.
Canterbury Utd’s Ryan Stanley. Photo by www.photosport.nz
Canterbury United occupy third place, a point behind the top two after an emphatic 5-0 win over Southern United at ASB Football Park in Christchurch.
The hosts were four goals to the good by halftime thanks to scoring contributions from Abdul Khalifa, Sho Mathieson, Ryan Stanley and Renta Yamamoto. Khalifa’s second of the day inside the first 10 minutes of the second half completed the scoring.
WaiBOP United sit in fourth place after a stirring comeback win over Heartland Wairarapa at Memorial Park in Masterton.
Heartland were two goals up after 27 minutes thanks to Josh McMenamin and Mike McCutcheon but Dylan Stansfield gave WaiBOP a foothold five minutes before halftime.
Stansfield levelled two minutes into the second half and the comeback was completed when substitute Quinton Kipara found a dramatic 91st minute winner to break the hearts of the home side.
Auckland City FC hold seventh spot following their resounding 5-0 win over Hawke’s Bay United at Seddon Fields in Auckland on Sunday.
First half goals from Myer Bevan – from the penalty spot – and George Debenham had Auckland City ahead at the break before Nicolas Zambrano, Regont Murati and Bevan completed the misery for the league’s bottom side, yet to register a point in the competition.
Auckland United moved into eighth place with a 4-0 result over Manawatu United at Centre Park in Mangere.
Two goals in quick succession in each half paved the way for the win for the hosts with Jaiden van der Heijden and Charlie Thomas on target in the first period while substitutes Paora Porter and Mohammed Haj combined to strike in the second half.
Round nine of the 11-round competition continues over the weekend of December 5-6.
ASB Youth League 2015 – Round 8
Waitakere Utd 3-2 Wellington Phoenix (half: 0-1)
WU: Nick Sugden 47’, Jake Porter 54’, Judd Baker 90’
WP: Gianni Bouzoukis 42’, 83’
Heartland Wairarapa 2-3 WaiBOP Utd (half: 2-1)
HW: Josh McMenamin 9’, Mike McCutcheon 27’
WB: Dylan Stansfield 40’, 47’, Quinton Kipara 91+1’
Auckland City FC 5-0 Hawke’s Bay Utd (half: 2-0)
AC: Myer Bevan (pen) 28’, 74’, George Debenham 45+1’, Nicolas Zambrano 64’, Regont Murati 87’
Canterbury Utd 5-0 Southern Utd (half: 4-0)
CU: Abdul Khalifa 8’, 54’, Sho Mathieson 23’, Ryan Stanley 28’, Renta Yamamoto 30’
Nelson Marlborough Falcons 3-1 Team Wellington (half: 1-0)
NM: Max Winterton 38’, 88’, Riley Haymes 64’
TW: Finn Moore 84’
Auckland Utd 4-0 Manawatu Utd (half: 2-0)
AU: Jaiden van der Heijden 30’, Charlie Thomas 31’, Paora Porter 85’, Mohammed Haj 88’