Preview – Auckland City v WaiBOP United

Everyone is fit and available for selection for this weekend’s exciting ASB Premiership encounter against Auckland City at Kiwitea Street, Auckland. Head Coach, Peter Smith, will leave the naming of his squad until the morning of the game.

Smith was pleased with his side’s first up effort but knows Auckland City in Auckland will be a tough challenge. “The victory over Canterbury was a good way to start for us and we now look forward to the challenge of taking on the hot favourites on their own patch,” said Smith ahead of this weekend’s match. “Auckland City at Kiwitea Street will be the toughest task presented to us this season and, while it’s a bit of a shame this match has come so early, it will also be a good guide as to how we’re tracking. We’ll look to control what we can control, work hard and take our chances when they come.”

WaiBOP United Goalkeeper, Andy McNeil, was pleased with his first taste of football in New Zealand. “It was a fantastic win for the team against Canterbury last weekend. Having only been together for a few weeks it’s amazing the progress we’ve made in such a short space of time,” said McNeil. “Last weekend’s result gives us a platform to build on. While we are all pleased with our efforts, we know that we have to continue to improve individually and collectively if we want to have an impact on the league.”

He’s looking forward to the trip to Auckland. “This weekend’s game against Auckland is a very exciting prospect. They are hot favourites for the league and the match will be a real test for us. It will give us a benchmark to gauge where we are as a team and how far away we are from the top teams.”

Kick-off is at 2pm at Auckland City’s Kiwitea Street ground.