The race for a place in the grand final is delicately poised at the halfway point of the ASB Youth League after an upset in the deep south, a big win in the Super City and a thrilling draw in the Hawke's Bay.
The scheduling of a Waitangi Day round in the ASB Youth League presents the opportunity for coaches to freshen up their match day squads with players with ASB Premiership experience.
The race for top spot in the northern conference is heating up after Auckland City and the Northern-based U-17s maintained their unbeaten records in round four ASB Youth League action.
PALMERSTON NORTH Team Wellington keep up the pressure for the top-four play-off spots with a big 6-0 win over Youngheart Manawatu, despite operating off little possession.
Much like the ASB Premiership, the Super City derby between Auckland City and Waitakere United will command much of the attention in round four of the ASB Youth League.