19 Jan 2012

Sport: Amicale rue penalty decision in loss to Auckland City

11:23 am on 19 January 2012

Amicale FC say refereeing error cost them a chance of victory in Wednesday night's Oceania Champions League football clash with Auckland City.

Following Alick Maemae's equalising goal in the 76th minute the match appeared headed for a draw at Kiwitea Street until Adam Dickinson netted a dramatic winner for the home team in the 87th minute.

Amicale President Jean-Yves Chabod says his team should have been awarded a penalty with five minutes remaining, which could have given the Vanuatu club the lead.

"We had few refing mistakes but it's part of the game. The score should have changed and we should have come out with a draw or something, and we had a lot of chances but both sides had a lot of chances so we missed winning this time but it was very good game."

Jean-Yves Chabod says, despite the loss, Amicale's performance was a vast improvement on the 4-0 defeat they suffered the last time they played in Auckland.

Amicale's remain tied in second place in Group B, five points behind Auckland City, and level with Hekari United, who they play next month.