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Waitakere held at home, Auckland win away

Mixed results for New Zealand's two clubs on the opening match day of the revamped OFC Champions League.

Tristan Prattley battles AS Dragon (photosport.co.nz)

March 30, 2013

AUCKLAND – Two second half goals, one from the penalty spot, gave Auckland City a winning start to its 2013 OFC Champions League campaign after they downed AS Mont Dore 2-0 in Nouméa, while Waitakere United were held to a goalless stalemate at home.

Defending OFC champions Auckland took on an AS Mont Dore side comprised of the youngest squad in the competition but made heavy work of breaking their opponents down after a goalless first half.

That deadlock eventually ended on the hour mark when Spanish striker Gustavo Souto lobbed the AS Mont Dore goalkeeper for his first OFC Champions League strike for Auckland.

The paint was barely dry on that goal before fellow Spanish compatriot Manel Exposito was bundled over in the box earning Auckland a penalty.

Adam Dickinson had no problem scoring the spot kick in the 66th minute to double the visitors lead.

The win gives Auckland City top spot in OFC Champions’ League Group B, after their domestic rivals Waitakere United were held to a 0-0 draw by Tahitian champions AS Dragon.

Dragon will be satisfied with their first international, appearance holding the ASB Premiership champions scoreless on their home field.

The hosts started the match slowly, with the only real chance of the first half falling to Roy Krishna who saw his shot cleared off the line.

Waitakere warmed into their work in the second spell, hitting the woodwork twice and being denied in a couple of one-on-one opportunities.  But - much to the elation of the Tahitian side and their supporters - they were unable to find the breakthrough and ceded early advantage to Auckland.

The Super City clubs will renew their rivalry next weekend when Waitakere United host their arch rivals Auckland City at Fred Taylor Park on April 6.  The last time the two sides met was a gripping ASB Premiership grand final which ended 4-3 in favour of the West Aucklanders after extra time.

In Group A action, Amicale FC downed Solomon Warriors 2-0 in Honiara to snatch three vital away points, while Ba travelled to Port Moresby to take on 2010 Oceania champions Hekari United.

OFC Champions League | Results (Match Day 1)

Group B

At Fred Taylor Park, Auckland
Waitakere United 0
AS Dragon 0
Haltime: 0-0

At Stade Numa Daly, Noumea
AS Mont Dore 0
Auckland City 2 (Goustavo SOUTO 60’; Adam DICKINSON 66’-pen)
Halftime: 0-0

Group A

At Lawson Tama Stadium, Honiara
Solomon Warriors 0
Amicale FC 2
Halftime: 0-0

At PRL Stadium, Port Moresby
Hekari United 1
Ba 3
Halftime: 0-1

OFC Champions League | Standings

Group B

 

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

Pts

Auckland City (NZL)

1

1

0

0

2

0

2

3

Waitakere United (NZL)

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

AS Dragon (TAH)

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

AS Mont Dore (NCL)

1

0

0

1

0

2

-2

0



Group A

 

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

Pts

Amicale FC (VAN)

1

1

0

0

2

0

2

3

Ba (FIJ)

1

1

0

0

3

1

2

3

Hekari United (PNG)

1

0

0

0

1

3

-2

0

Solomon Warriors (SOL)

1

0

0

1

0

2

-2

0

 

 

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