Cambridge FC’s reserves produced a confidence-boosting second-half fightback to clinch a 5-5 draw at Manukau United in a thrilling pre-season hit out.
The Reds trailed 4-1 at half-time but turned on the heat in the second spell to leave Auckland with the knowledge the side can fight till the end.
Playing the early game in a double header of friendlies at Walter Massey Park, Cambridge’s reserves went behind in the opening spell before Andrew Taylor (pictured) found the equaliser.
Manukau United – the result of a recent merger between Manukau City and Mangere United – then poured on the pressure and raced to a 4-1 lead by half-time.
In the second half, Nathan Hallum (2) and Fabian Munoz scored for the visitors to set up an exciting finish with the score 5-4 to United.
Striker Adam Brady then scored the leveller for Cambridge, securing his third goal in three pre-season games.
Meanwhile, a disputed first-half penalty was the only difference between the teams when the Cambridge and Manukau United first teams met in the main game. More details here.
Reserves’ pre-season campaign