Over 11,000 fans poured through the gates across the Oceania region to witness eight goals on Match Day 1 of the 2008 O-League
competition in Auckland and Honiara.

 Oceania Football Confederation’s (OFC) flagship club event proved a popular event last season but New Zealand
Football Championship (NZFC) title-holders Auckland City were the big winners romping to a comfortable 6-0 victory over Tahitian champions AS Manu’ura.

South African marksmen Grant Young and Keryn Jordan were too hot to handle for AS Manu Ura as the Tahitian’s struggled to cope with
Auckland City FC’s pace and experience.

 Keryn Jordan got the scoring underway as early as the 6th minute after putting away a close range effort
after Daniel Tapeta failed to hold Jordan’s initial shot.

AS Manu Ura’s task was made more difficult when goalkeeper Daniel Tapeta was sent off for dragging down Auckland City FC midfielder Jeff
Campbell with the goal in Campbell’s sights.

Keryn Jordan made no mistake from the penalty spot after 34 minutes. Grant Young made it 3-0 after
latching onto a Bryan Little through-ball and leaving substitute goalkeeper Jonathan Torohia with no chance.

Chad Coombes (52’), Jeff Campbell (68’) and Paul Urlovic (70’) rounded off the scoring for Auckland City FC as the NZFC champions
cruised to victory.
 Auckland City FC coach Colin Tuaa was understandably delighted. 

“I’m very happy with the result. You only need to see what happened last year (when Auckland City FC were eliminated on goal difference)
to understand why the goals we scored today were important.

We were a bit nervous before the game because this was our first match of the season and AS Manu’ura had played three matches and are
top of their competition.
 So we’re obviously very happy with the way things went,” Tuaa said.


1’ – the match is underway in ideal conditions, at McLeod Road for the first time

3’ – Auckland City are holding possession in Manu Ura’s defensive half

4’ – Manu Ura win the ball at half way, and force a goal kick in their first foray into Auckland City’s territory

4’ – Grant Young is clear down the right and bearing down on goal, but Daniel Tapeta saves well across his body to keep the scores

5’ – Jeff Campbell heads clear a dangerous free kick from the right side

6’ – GOAL!

14. Keryn Jordan pushes the ball home with his second attempt after Chad Coombes’ pressure on the Manu Ura defence produces a loose ball in
the penalty area

10’ – Auckland City regain possession immediately after the restart

11’ – Ki Hyung-Lee has his first shot in an Auckland City shirt, though failing to trouble Tapeta

13’ – Manu Ura enjoy a spell of possession down Auckland City’s left side, but fail to register a shot on target

15’ – a searching James Pritchett long-ball from right back turns the Manu Ura defence, but Tapeta is out well to prevent Young from another
shooting opportunity

17’ – Coombes controls a long clearance brilliantly to turn in the box, but Tapeta produces a low reflex save to

19’ – Ben Sigmund is solid at the back for Auckland City, clearing any danger caused from rare Manu Ura attacks

19’ – 4. Jean Ly WAUT is carded for a clumsy challenge in the centre of midfield

20’ – 17. Bryan LITTLE also receives a yellow card 

22’ – Young fires a pinpoint cross from wide on the right to find Little at the far post, bu his header narrowly misses the top

24’ – 20 has space down the right to cross from the bye-line, but 11’s loose touch runs for a goal kick

26’ – Young and Pritchett combines well to cross for Jordan, whose glancing header bounces wide of the left hand

30’ – PENALTY!

Young finds Jordan with a delicate chip, who flicks with the faintest touch for Campbell to touch past Tapeta, only for the Manu Ura ‘keeper
to bring him down and concede a penalty

31’ – RED CARD!

16. Daniel TAPETA is sent from the field after staying down for an extended period of time following the foul

34’ – 11. makes way for the replacement goalkeeper, 1. Jonothan TOROHIA

34’ – GOAL!

14. Keryn JORDAN slots his penalty to low Torohia’s left36’ – Ki Hyung-Lee fires a free kick from the edge of the area into the
Manu Ura wall
38’ – Jordan acrobatically volleys, but Torohia saves well

Photograph courtesy Shane Wenzlick

44’ – GOAL!

Little slides a through ball to 10. Grant YOUNG, who has an easy finish to put Auckland City well clear

45’ – Pritchett gets to the bye-line to cross for Young, who heads over the bar from 10 yards— 3 minutes added time


46’ – a cool, sweeping cross-field breeze greets the players for the second half under a little more cloud cover

52’ – GOAL!

8. Chad COOMBES has a simple finish via a squared delivery from the bye-line, standing unmarked on the penalty

53’ – Torohia spreads well to deny Campbell from close-range

57’ – 14. Keryn JORDAN makes way for local favourite 9. Paul URLOVIC

63’ – Urlovic is narrowly beaten to a through ball by Torohia, who battles well to secure possession

68’ – GOAL!

15. Jeff CAMPBELL slots home from close range after Urlovic finds space well on the right to cross

Photograph courtesy of Shane Wenzlick

70’ – GOAL!

9. Paul URLOVIC pivots expertly to volley a Coombes cross into the top right corner from 15 yards

70′ – 7. Henri TAPEA is replaced by 14. Stephane TUAIRAU

71’ – 17. Bryan LITTLE is replaced by 11. Luiz DEL MONTE

76’ – 23. Eliezer ANELLO makes his Auckland City debut, replacing 10. Grant YOUNG

79′ – Anello sets off on a mazy dribble from half-way and cleverly offloads with the outside of his right foot to find Lee, whose
back-heel flick is cleared by the Manu Ura defence

81′ – Urlovic strikes the woodwork after shooting on the turn from 20 yards on the angle

84′ – Coombes hits an Urlovic cross first-time, but the ball again finds the frame of the goal 

85′ – Manu Ura 6. Tamatoa TAUIHARA makes way for 17. Adrien TAERO.

89′ – Torohia produces an athletic diving save to his left, denying Coombes from the top of the penalty area

90′ – Greg Uhlmann makes an angled run to meet a cross in front of goal, but his header grazes the crossbar 

90′- 26. Rupesh PUNA is booked for a hard but mistimed challenge


Photograph courtesy of Shane Wenzlick

2007/8 OFC Champion’s League

Match Day 1 – 1500 – 27 October 2007

Croatian Cultural Society, McLeod Road – Henderson, Auckland – New Zealand

Chad COOMBES; 10. Grant YOUNG (23. Eliezer ANELLO 76’); 12. Tamati WILLIAMS [gk]; 14. Keryn JORDAN (9. Paul URLOVIC 57’); 15. Jeff CAMPBELL; 17. Bryan LITTLE (11. Luiz DEL MONTE 71’); 20. Greg
UHLMANN; 26. Rupesh PUNA.

Coach: Colin TUAA

Substitutes not used: 1. Ross NICHOLSON[gk]; 2. Joel MATHEWS; 19. Salesh KUMAR; 22. Sam

Injured: None.

Suspended: None.

Not eligible: 3. Craig WYLIE; 4. Paul SEAMAN; 13. Alex FENERIDIS; 16. George SURI; 18. Henry FA’ARODO; 21.
Riki VAN STEEDEN; 24. Sam CAMPBELL; 25. Jake MATHEWS. 27. John NIYONSABA; 28. Liam MULROONEY; 29. Lance HESLOP; 30. Mark FULCHER[gk]. 

Cautions: 17. Bryan LITTLE 20’, 26. Rupesh PUNA 90’.

Red cards: None.

Goal scorers: 14. Keryn JORDAN 6’, 34’ pen; 10. Grant YOUNG 44’; 8. Chadwick COOMBES 52’; 15. Jeff
CAMPBELL 68’; 9. Paul URLOVIC 70’.

AS MANU URA: 3. Rex FAURA; 4. Jean Yves LY WAUT; 6. Tamatoa TAUIHARA (17. Adrien TAERO 85’); 7. Henri
TAPEA (14. Stephane TUAIRAU 70’); 8. Vetea TEPA; 10. Auguste WASHETINE; 11. Hiashi KAKE (1. Jonathan TOROHIA 34’); 12. Hiroana POROIAE; 16. Daniel TAPETA [gk]; 20. Billy MATAITAI; 22. Temarama

Coach: Teivitau PITO

Substitutes not used: 5. Philippe MORETTA; 23. Jean Paul FAURA;18. Dave PENI;; 15. Vetea

Injured:   None.

Suspended: None.

Not available: Andrew TAURU; Celestin TAUPUA; Taia HONG; Eddy PITO; Axel TEMATAUA; Nohoarii ROBSON;
Gregory LANTEIRES; Rooarii ROO;   

Cautions: 4. Jean-Yves LY WAUT 19’

Red cards: 16. Daniel TAPETA 31’

Goal scorers:  None.

Referee: Rakesh VARMAN (FIJ)

Assistant Referee: Tevita MAKASINI (TON)

Assistant Referee: Rohitesh DAYAL (FIJ)

Fourth Official: Peter O’LEARY (NZL)  


  PL. W. D. L. GF. GA. PTS. GD.
Auckland City FC 1 1 0 0 6 0 3 +6
Waitakere United 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
AS Manu Ura 1 0 0 1 0
0 -6