Win eludes pre­mier league rook­ies

Auckland City Harbour News - - Sport - By Jeremy Ruane

North­ern Pre­mier Foot­ball League new­com­ers Mt Al­bert-Pon­sonby went down to One­hunga Sports 3-1 at Waikaraka Park on Satur­day.

David Rayner and Bruno Fer­rentino both scored for One­hunga in the last 15 min­utes af­ter it was all tied up at 1-1 for most of the match.

The team, who were pro­moted from last year’s first di­vi­sion this sea­son, sit midtable af­ter four rounds of the com­pe­ti­tion.

In other ac­tion, com­pe­ti­tion lead­ers Bay Olympic were held to a 1-1 draw against East­ern Sub­urbs.

Andrew Web­ber gave Sub­urbs the ideal start at Madills Farm, putting his side ahead in the sixth minute.

But Bay’s Colin Gar­dyne equalised with his sev­enth goal of the sea­son 15 min­utes from time squar­ing the game up.

Mean­while Lyn­nAvon United suc­cumbed 2-0 to Tau­ranga City United at Ken Maun­der Park and reign­ing champs Cen­tral United came from be­hind to down Melville United 4-3 at Ki­witea Street.

And Pa­p­a­toe­toe pum­melled Metro 4-0 at Mur­doch Park, while Three Kings blitzed Hamil­ton Wan­der­ers 60 at Keith Hay Park.

It wasn’t a great week­end for lo­cal sides in the first di­vi­sion with One­hunga-Man­gere go­ing down to Ngaru­awahia United 1-0 and Fen­ci­bles United com­ing from be­hind to de­feat West­ern Springs 5-3 in a thriller.

This week­end’s ac­tion kicks off on Fri­day evening, when Metro host Bay Olympic at Al­bie Turner Field from 7.30pm.

On Satur­day af­ter­noon Three Kings and Cen­tral cross paths at Keith Hay Park, while Lynn-Avon head to An­der­son Park to take on Mt Al­bertPon­sonby.

Mean­while, One­hunga Sports en­joy home ad­van­tage against East­ern Sub­urbs at Waikaraka Park.

In first di­vi­sion West­ern Springs host Pukekohe at Sed­don Fields while One­hunga-Man­gere face Man­gere United at Cen­tre Park.

All Satur­day games start at 2.45pm.

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