Auckland City have beaten local rivals Waitakere United 4-1 to book a meeting with Team Wellington in the Grand Final of the ASB Premiership.
City went into the home leg of their semifinal at Kiwitea Street this afternoon as favourites and they showed why with an impressive display of attacking football, eventually settling for a 4-1 victory to triumph 8-1 on aggregate.
Auckland will now host Wellington, who defeated Hawke's Bay United 3-1 on aggregate in their semifinal, at Kiwitea Street in the Grand Final on Sunday 16 March.
Ramon Tribulietx and his men earned that right today thanks largely to a first-half showing that put them 3-0 up by the break.
Andrew Milne slotted past Danny Robinson to open the scoring today and make it 5-0 on aggregate and all but put Waitakere out of contention as early as the 16th minute.
If it wasn't already mission impossible for the defending champions, it certainly was by the 27th minute when Chris Bale finished off a neat move to double the lead on the day. Emiliano Tade fired home another on 40 minutes to make it 3-0.
Waitakere lost their skipper shortly after when Jake Butler was shown red by referee Peter O'Leary for a rash tackle. Tade then added another goal to make it 4-0 on the day before Richie Cardozo pulled one back later to at least ensure the second half ended as a draw.
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