Tasman United's Jordan Yong was outstanding as his side kept Auckland powerhouses Eastern Suburbs scoreless at Riverhills Park. Photo: Shuttersport.

Tasman United’s dogged defence delivers draw

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A superb defensive display saw Tasman United keep the third-placed Eastern Suburbs scoreless in round eight of the New Zealand Football Championship on Sunday afternoon.

Tasman took a point from their trip to the City of Sails as the sides played out a 0-0 draw.

Keeper Nick Stanton was awarded man of the match as he proved impenetrable in goal during a rare start this season.

Team manager Steve Clark says sticking to the game plan for 90 minutes was “a huge positive for the lads”.

Striker Jordan Yong says his side was outstanding from one to 11.

“Eastern Suburbs have been off to a good start and are arguably one of the best in the country at the moment, we had a game plan and stuck to it and grafted out a hard-earned point.”

Tasman now move to three points and are kicking clear of the bottom-placed Wellington Phoenix in the battle for the wooden spoon.

Tasman face a daunting challenge at home next week as they take on the unbeaten competition front-runners Auckland City.

“We just need to take this in to next week’s game which will be another tough game against Auckland at home,” Jordan says.

Kick off this Sunday at Trafalgar Park is at 2pm.