Auckland United missed an opportunity to go second in the Northern League when they dropped points in a 1-1 draw against bottom-placed Waiheke United in a Sunday game at Onetangi.
A win would have helped Auckland United leapfrog second-placed Birkenhead United on the table and moved Jose Figueira’s side to within three points of the coach’s former club, table leaders Auckland City.
The visitors went ahead through former New Zealand U-20 international Andrew Blake who found the net in the 32nd minute.
Main photo: Andrew Blake. File photo: Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.
As Waiheke United had conceded 20 goals in their opening six games, Blake’s goal should have heralded the start of an onslaught.
Instead, the islanders fought back and levelled through Eyob Tekalion in the 41st minute.
The sides turned around at 1-1 and the second half failed to find a winning goal.
For Auckland United, it was an opportunity lost; for Waiheke, it was a result that provides some hope that the team might be able to become competitive after being promoted to the Northern League.
Game played Sunday May 1, 2022
Waiheke United 1 (Eyob Tekalion 41′)
Auckland United 1 (Andrew Blake 32′)
Other results from round seven
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