Auckland City have strolled through to the third round of the Chatham Cup, beating Albany United 5-1 in a rescheduled tie played at the Croatian Cultural Club.
Albany, who play in the Lotto NRFL first division, were still in the game when only a goal behind with eight minutes to go, but City’s strong finish saw them through to the next round.
Auckland City will be at home to Manukau United in the third round fixture to be played on Saturday June 18.
The Northern League leaders struck first when Emiliano Tade scored after six minutes.
Jason Hicks leveled for Albany in added time at the end of the first half, sending the sides into the break locked 1-1.
Nathan Lobo put City back in front five minutes into the second spell, when he struck a free-kick and it took a deflection, sending Albany ‘keeper David Masters the wrong way.
Photo: Nathan Lobo … scored City’s second goal. Image: Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.
United then kept City scoreless for half an hour before Dylan Manickum extended his side’s lead to 3-1 in the 82nd minute, tapping home a pass from Tade.
Three minutes later, substitute Reid Drake added a fourth and then Manickum grabbed his second in the 88th minute.
Striker Ryan De Vries finished off the win in added time, finishing a pass by Drake.
Auckland City 6 (Emiliano Tade 6′, Nathan Lobo 50′, Dylan Manickum 82′, 88′, Reid Drake 85′, Ryan De Vries 90+1′)
Albany United 1 (Jason Hicks, 45+1′)