Central climb back to lead northern league
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.