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BA 3 AUCKLAND CITY 4

Auckland City twice clawed its way back from trailing Ba to record a morale-boosting 4-3 win over the Fijian champions in front of a 2,300 crowd and Tribulietx declared himself pleased with aspects of the display.# #”It’s good to play these games. Ba have been competing in their league and we’ve just only just started.# #”Games like these help us to tick over and get ready for the bigger games ahead,” he said.# #While Ba began the game the stronger of the two sides, Tribulietx admitted some elements of the Auckland City FC performance required work but that two weeks into pre-season training this was to be expected.# #”We were a little disjointed but we’ve done as much as we’ve been able to. We played well in patches and we’ve got a lot of new people.# #”We did really well against a side that deservedly qualified for the OFC Champions League semifinals last season and they’re playing their own national league right now so we’ve performed alright this evening,” Tribulietx said.#Ba opened the scoring through Osea Vakatalesau on 36 minutes before substitute Daniel Koprivcic equalised two minutes after halftime. Ba responded within a minute of the kick-off, again through Vakatalesau.#James Pritchett levelled the game with a low header past goalkeeper Jone Ralulu on 59 minutes then another Fijian, this time Roy Krishna, nudged Auckland City ahead with an exquisite finish with the outside of his right boot with twenty minutes to play.#Vakatalesau – who had an outstanding evening for Ba – hit the crossbar with a snap shot before Pritchett – in his tenth season with Auckland City FC – gave his team a two goal cushion when his second of the game with 12 minutes left.# Vakatalesau completed his hat-trick from the penalty mark after Adam McGeorge brought down Ronil Kumar on 87 minutes.# #With Auckland City FC now two wins from two pre-season friendlies and some trialists shorn from the original training squad that convened two weeks ago, Tribulietx’s thoughts turned to Saturday’s mouth-watering prestige friendly with the Wellington Phoenix at Kiwitea Street.# #”We want to be competitive, it’s part of our preparation. We’ll look at patterns of play but we’re also looking to compete and get ready for our own competition.# #”We’ll try and put on our best performance we’ll give no excuses. It may be a little bit early but we’re delighted to have the opportunity to face professional opposition anyway,” he said.# #Past performances that yielded friendly wins over professional opponents such as the Central Coast Mariners, Yamaga and Kyutsu Reizi had no bearing on Saturday’s game according to the Auckland City FC coach.# #”It’s about us rather than points scoring so to speak. Both teams will be looking at themselves and patterns of play but if you love what you do, and you love this game, part of you will look at the result its human nature.# #”We’ll look at our patterns of play but try to be as competitive as we can,” he said.# Auckland City Media # #

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