Cen­tral climb back to lead north­ern league

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Jeremy Ruane

Cen­tral United are back at the sum­mit of the north­ern pre­mier foot­ball league af­ter over­com­ing for­mer co-lead­ers Tau­ranga City United 3-2 on Satur­day.

Salesh Ku­mar gave Cen­tral the ideal start in the top-of-the-ta­ble en­counter, open­ing the scor­ing af­ter 13 min­utes,

But Tau­ranga player-coach Ian Stringfel­low evened things up just nine min­utes later.

Goals from David Rich­mond ei­ther side of half­time re­stored Cen­tral’s lead, giv­ing them a 3-1 buf­fer.

While Kevin Manville scored a con­so­la­tion penalty for the vis­i­tors, the Bay of Plenty side couldn’t match it with the reign­ing champs.

Lynn-Avon United now lead the chas­ing pack, af­ter they edged out One­hunga Sports 3-2 at Ken Maun­der Park, while Pa­p­a­toe­toe had a 3-0 win over Three Kings United.

East­ern Sub­urbs are also two points be­hind Cen­tral on the ta­ble af­ter a Michael Smith hat-trick in­spired their 4-1 win over Metro, who have slipped to the bot­tom of the ta­ble.

And Bay Olympic played out a 2-2 draw against Melville United at Olympic Park, while Hamil­ton Wan­der­ers se­cured a hard-fought 1-0 win over Mt Al­bert-Pon­sonby.

This Satur­day Cen­tral take on Mt Al­bert-Pon­sonby at An­der­son Park, Three Kings en­ter­tain Bay Olympic at Keith Hay Park and One­hunga wel­come Hamil­ton at Waikaraka Park.

Bot­tom-placed Metro hit the high­way to take on Melville at Gower Park, while Lynn-Avon host East­ern Sub­urbs at Ken Maun­der Park. All matches start at 2.45pm.

In women’s ac­tion Lyn­nAvon United and West­ern Springs main­tained their per­fect starts to north­ern pre­mier women’s league.

Last Wed­nes­day, West­ern Springs downed Glen­field Rovers 2-0 on North Har­bour Sta­dium’s outer oval while they came from be­hind to de­feat Claude­lands Rovers 2-1 on Sun­day.

And Lynn-Avon pre­vailed 3-0 over Waitakere City at Fred Tay­lor Park.

This Sun­day Lynn-Avon face East­ern Sub­urbs at Ken Maun­der Park and Three Kings play Glen­field at McFetridge Park from 1pm, while West­ern Springs wel­come Waitakere City at Sed­don Fields at noon.

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