Thursday's game was actually a round 4 catch up game between the 2 Oceania Champions League teams, Auckland City & Team Wellington. It was Auckland City who edged it 1-0 with a late goal.
3-1 was the scoreline of the week. The Phoenix lost 3-1 in the A-League game in Christchurch, the curtain raiser was Canterbury United v the Weenix and Canterbury won 3-1. Auckland City went 7 points clear and extended their unbeaten run in the ASB Premiership to 23 games with a 3-1 over Hawke's Bay United. Team Wellington got their first win in 5 games with, you guessed it, a 3-1 win over WaiBOP United. Only Waitakere United broke the mold with Sean Lovemore getting a hat-trick in a 6-0 demolition of the increasingly more hapless Southern United
With the news of $50 million being gambled on this league in Asia, the NZ Hearld's funbag gave a good description of what a pitch slider is\does have a look here NZ Herald Fun Bag
Here are the highlights
Goal of the week – Aaron Clapham's free kick for Canterbury against the Weenix just ousts Michael Lea'alafa's goal for Auckland City against Hawke's Bay United
Goalkeeping howler – Lewis Italiano what were you doing letting the ball run through your legs like that?
Only 1 game this week Auckland City v Team Wellington
Liberty Brewing – Sauvin Bomb Hop Atomic Pale Ale (7%)
Panhead Vandal NZ IPA (8%)
Now I tried these after a couple of other beers and I can't really make out what my notes said! These were quite similar beers with the Sauvin Bomb being quite tart while the Vandal was slightly sweeter. If you don;t like hoppy beers don't drink these, but if, like me, you do then these are great beers. A 3-3 draw is the result.
Results - Football
Canterbury United 3 Wellington Phoenix 1
Auckland City 3 Hawke's Bay United 1
Team Wellington 3 WaiBOP United 1
Waitakere United 6 Southern United 0
Football & Beer
Auckland City 1 Team Wellington 0
Liberty Sauvin Bomb (7%) 3 Panhead Vandal (8%) 3