Auckland City have wrestled back prime position in the Stirling Sports Premiership after a 1-0 win over Eastern Suburbs.
Consistently front-runners in the competition over the years, Auckland had suffered a slow start to the season to be in the middle of a renewed pack of title contenders.
Yet, after returning from the Club World Cup, Ramon Tribulietx’s men are back in control after edging Suburbs, who were riding high at the top of the table.
An Emiliano Tade penalty proved the difference between the two teams; the prolific striker scoring on the second attempt, with a re-take ordered due to encroachment after his first penalty was saved.
The win moves Auckland to second on the ladder with 16 points, tied with Suburbs and one point behind Team Wellington, but the six-time champions have a vital game in hand on their challengers.
By Niall Anderson, NZ Herald