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Southern United
Auckland City
S Last (10')
Full time
Unknown (69')
Wed 13 Feb 17:30 - League

Southern break Auckland City's perfect record

Stephen Last put Southern ahead, but Auckland salvage a point with 69th minute penalty

The remarkable perfect record of Auckland City in the ISPS Handa Premiership has finally been broken but the minor premiers remain unbeaten after a 1-1 draw against Southern United in Dunedin.

The Navy Blues had not put a foot wrong prior to their venture south, amazingly winning all 14 of their games to wrap up first place in the regular season with several rounds remaining.

While they had already made sure of a home semi-final, Auckland still had plenty of motivation to defeat Southern as they are on the verge of a record points tally in ISPS Handa Premiership history.

But the hosts had just as much reason to target all three points as they still harbour faint hopes of sneaking into the play-offs but need to finish the season very strongly and hope fellow South Islanders the Canterbury United Dragons suffer a dramatic loss of form.

Just as they did a few weeks ago in Auckland, Southern took the lead but it came from an unlikely source this time as defender Stephen Last popped up with a rare goal early on. The Irishman was on hand to tap in from close range after Azariah Soromon's headed effort was well saved by the visitors' goalkeeper. Southern defended well throughout, and Auckland found clear-cut chances hard to come by. Right before the halftime whistle, Markus Fjørtoft had a big chance to extend the lead, but his header off the corner went just over.

At a scorching Sunnyvale Park that lived up to its name, the defending champions found a way back into the game though when Javier Lopez tucked home from the penalty spot just past the hour. Auckland had established a dominant hold of possession, but struggled to convert it into chances.

Clear-cut chances continued to prove hard to come by in the remainder on an enthralling contest, although Southern thought they might be granted a late chance to win it when Garbhan Coughlan went down in the box in stoppage time but their penalty appeals fell on deaf ears.

Their play-off hopes are now very much hanging by a thread but Southern will take heart from becoming the first team to take any points off Auckland this season while the defending champions will be satisfied to have continued their undefeated run on the back of a gruelling schedule.

Southern United 1 (Stephen Last 10’)
Auckland City 1 (Javier Lopez pen 68’)
HT: 1-0

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Key moments

10:00
Goal Stephen Last scores for Southern United
69:00
Goal Goal for Auckland City

Highlights

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90:00 Yellow Card
Danny Ledwith is yellow carded for Southern United
89:00 Yellow Card
Markus Fjørtoft is yellow carded for Southern United
86:00 Yellow Card
Stephen Last is yellow carded for Southern United
82:00 Sub Off
Abdulla Al-Khalisy is substituted off for Southern United
82:00 Sub On
Alex Cox is substituted on for Southern United
74:00 Yellow Card
Tony Whitehead is yellow carded for Southern United
69:00 Goal 1 - 1
Goal for Auckland City
67:00 Sub Off
Ben Deeley is substituted off for Southern United
67:00 Sub On
Sam Pickering is substituted on for Southern United
End of period 1
10:00 Goal 1 - 0
Stephen Last scores for Southern United
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Southern United
  • Auckland City
  • 0
  • Stephen Last Goal 10:00'
  • Sam Pickering Sub On 67:00'
  • Ben Deeley Sub Off 67:00'
  • Goal 69:00'
  • Tony Whitehead Yellow Card 74:00'
  • Abdulla Al-Khalisy Sub Off 82:00'
  • Alex Cox Sub On 82:00'
  • Stephen Last Yellow Card 86:00'
  • Markus Fjørtoft Yellow Card 89:00'
  • Danny Ledwith Yellow Card 90:00'

Team selection

Little, Liam Little, Liam
O'Keeffe, Conor O'Keeffe, Conor
Fjørtoft, Markus Fjørtoft, Markus
Panzer, Erik Panzer, Erik
Last, Stephen Last, Stephen
Soromon, Azariah Soromon, Azariah
Deeley, Ben Deeley, Ben
Whitehead, Tony Whitehead, Tony
Ledwith, Danny Ledwith, Danny
Al-Khalisy, Abdulla Al-Khalisy, Abdulla
Coughlan, Garbhan Coughlan, Garbhan

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