Waitakere United claim ASB Charity Cup
Waitakere United have won the ASB Charity Cup with 2-1 come from behind victory over Auckland City in Whenuapai today.
Auckland had claimed a 1-0 halftime lead after a scrappy first half, but a bizarre second half goal proved their undoing as Waitakere caught the visitors on the hop.
George Slefendorfas levelled the game inside two minutes of the restart when Auckland goalkeeper Jacob Spoonley ripped a clearance off the back of the striker only for the ball to loop into an empty net.
Then the home side exploited the slowing pace of the final stages to secure the win when substitute Maksim Manko scored in the final minute to clinch the cup.
"It isn't the be all, end all, for us, there wasn't any points up for grabs, but we wanted to win this game and turn the tide. I thought the players did very well today," Waitakere United coach Paul Marshall said after the game.
"That's a result without Ryan de Vries or Roy Krishna, but we have some good players to come in, exciting, quick players."
Auckland coach Ramon Tribulietx acknowledged his side was caught out by defensive lapses.
"I think we dominated the first half and if we had taken some of the chances in the second half things are different. But the goal we conceded happened, then the late goal cost us. It's all about goals at the end of the day."
Auckland City are home to Canterbury United on Saturday while Waitakere United open their ASB Premiership defence at home on Sunday to Team Wellington.
Two matches on Sunday see YoungHeart Manawatu away to Otago United and Waikato host Hawke's Bay United.
ASB Charity Cup 2012
Fred Taylor Park, Auckland
Waitakere United 2 (George Slefendorfas 47', Maksim Manko 89')
Auckland City 1 (Ivan Vicelich 7')