Koloale vs. Auckland City: Download Match Summary Here
See below for the play-by-play action.
Starting line-ups:
Koloale: 20. Shadrack RAMONI [GK], 3. Freddie KINI, 4. Cecil BURU, 5. Samson TAKAYAMA, 9. Benjamin TOTORI, 11. Ian PAIA, 13. Lency SAENI, 15. Mostyn BEUI, 18. Henry FA’ARODO, 19. Joses NAWO, 25. Francis LAFAI
Coach: Peter EKE
Auckland City: 1. Jacob SPOONLEY [GK], 3. Ian HOGG, 5. Angel BERLANGA, 6. Chad COOMBES, 8. David MULLIGAN, 9. Manel EXPOSITO, 11. Daniel KOPRIVCIC, 13. Alex FENERIDIS, 14. Adam DICKINSON, 15. Ivan VICELICH, 16. Albert RIERA
Referee: Andrew ACHARI [FIJ]
Assistant referee 1: Jackson NAMO [SOL]
Assistant referee 2: Noel BERRY [SOL]
Fourth official: Nelson SOGO [SOL]
The match kicks off
2′ An even start to the game. Koloale are looking to play long balls over the top while Auckland look good in possession
4′ Auckland are starting to take control but the home side are defending well in these opening exchanges
6′ Solomon Islands star Benjamin Totori wins his side a corner. It’s a nice ball in but Auckland manage to head the ball clear. Koloale are playing with more confidence
10′ Koloale win another corner. Auckland show their height advantage once again by clearing the ball away
13′ Auckland striker Manel Exposito is proving a handful for the Koloale defense. He fires in a good free kick but Francis Lafai does well to head the ball away
19′ Koloale win a free kick from 30 yards out. Totori steps up to take it and curls the ball inches wide
21′ PENALTY: Freddie Kini makes a strong challenge inside the box and referee Andrew Achari awards Auckland City a penalty without hesitation
22′ GOAL: Auckland City 1 – Koloale 0: Exposito takes the spot kick and sends Shadrack Ramoni the wrong way with a powerful low strike
25′ Henry Fa’arodo curls in a dangerous free kick towards the far post but his Koloale teammates are too late with their runs. Auckland fail to clear the ball and Joses Nawo takes a snap shot but the ball goes wide
28′ Auckland City put together a string of passes after a corner but eventually David Mulligan sends his shot over the bar
35′ Auckland should have had their second as Chad Coombes beats his marker for a one-on-one opportunity against Ramoni but he shoots straight at the goalkeeper
43′ Alex Feneridis gets into a good position inside the box but his header shaves the goal post and it’s out for a goal kick
The referee brings the first half to an end
The second half kicks off
46′ Koloale coach Luke Eroi has made tactical changes with Henry Fa’arodo pushing forward while Ian Paia and Benjamin Totori are dropping back slightly
48′ Totori takes a shot from outside the penalty box but the ball is blocked
49′ YELLOW CARD: Joses Nawo is cautioned for a late tackle on Manel Exposito
50′ YELLOW CARD: Albert Riera of Auckland City is shown a yellow for holding
50′ SUBSTITUTION: Adam Dickinson is replaced by Andrew Guerao for Auckland City
54′ GOAL!!! Auckland City 2 – Koloale 0: It’s that man Exposito once again finding a way through for the visitors. The Spanish-born striker made a darting run down the right before chipping the ball over Ramoni to finish in style for Auckland
59′ Koloale are pushing hard to get back in this game but Auckland are showing plenty of composure at the back
62′ One of the best chances of the game for Koloale. Francis Lafai puts in a nice cross for Ian Paia at the back post but goalkeeper Jacob Spoonley just manages to punch the ball away
65′ Joses Nawo’s corner finds Henry Fa’arodo inside the box but his header comes off a defender and the ball is eventually cleared
69′ SUBSTITUTION: Manel Exposito is replaced by Emiliano Tade for Auckland City
71′ SUBSTITUTION: Lency Saeni is replaced by James Naka for Koloale. The crowd gives the national left flanker a warm welcome as he enters the pitch
73′ PENALTY: James Naka makes an immediate impact winning his side a penalty. It was a deep cross from Joses Nawo that put Naka in the clear before Chad Coombes came flying in to concede the penalty
74′ GOAL!!! Auckland City 2 – Koloale 1: Benjamin Totori scores the penalty kick and the ‘Go Koloale Go!’ chant rises from the ecstatic Koloale fans
77′ SUBSTITUTION: Adam Dickinson is replaced by Adam McGeorge for Auckland City
80′ We are set for an intriguing final 10 minutes of this match as Koloale push hard for an equaliser
84′ Some individual brilliance from substitute James Naka inside the penalty box to set up Benjamin Totori but the striker’s shot goes wide
86′ GOAL!!! Auckland City 3 – Koloale 1: David Mulligan gives Auckland a two-goal cushion as his hopeful chip beats goalkeeper Shardrack Ramoni. Auckland City can almost taste victory with just a few minutes left in the match
90′ There will be four minutes of additional time to be played
90 + 1′ SUBSTITUTION: Ian Paia is replaced by Ezra Sale for Koloale
90 + 3′ GOAL: Auckland City 4 – Koloale 1: David Mulligan hammers home Auckland City’s fourth goal
The final whistle sounds