The four A’s of Cambridge’s reserves squad saw the Reds to an impressive 5-2 win at Northland FC in the Lotto NRFL second division reserves competition.
Adam, Aaron, Andrew and Alex all played major parts in extending the side’s unbeaten run to 12 matches, keeping them atop of the league with a three-point break over nearest rivals Takapuna.
The first A to contribute was Andrew Taylor whose corner was volleyed home by Adam Brady to put the Reds 1-0 up.
Aaron Huesser then doubled Cambridge’s lead when he converted a chance created by a Taylor through-ball.
Huesser then extended the visitors’ lead to three goals when he completed a counter-attacking move.
Taylor then scored his 20th goal of the season to make it 4-0 after he flicked home a cross from Brady.
With half-time almost upon the teams, Cambridge relaxed and conceded a goal meaning the sides turned around at 4-1.
Five minutes into the second half, Northland reduced the deficit further.
However, Taylor put the result beyond doubt in the 75th minute when he again combined with Brady to notch goal number 21 for the year.
Player of the Day was the team’s other A – Alex Mukaka.
Another A was on everyone’s minds during today’s match – that of Abby Hartley, the mother of Reds player Toby Hartley, who is fighting for her life in a Bali hospital.
The team wore red armbands as a show of support for their absent team mate and his mother.
Meanwhile, second-placed Takapuna beat Bucklands Beach 2-1 to remain in the title hunt.
Cambridge currently lead by three points and a goal difference that is one better than their Auckland rivals.
If both sides win their games next weekend, the title will go down to the final match of the season on September 1 when Cambridge visits Takapuna – and goal difference could be the clincher if Takapuna take the points.
Main photo: striker Adam Brady photographed in action earlier this season.
In the later game, Cambridge’s first team beat Northland 2-0.
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The final match of the season will see Cambridge play Takapuna at their McFetridge Park ground on September 1.
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