Win eludes premier league rookies
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.