Win puts Central United further out in front
Central United extended their advantage at the top of the Northern Premier League to three points on Saturday after recording a 3-1 win over Mt Albert-Ponsonby at Anderson Park.
A first-half goal from Chris Gage gave the home side a glimmer of hope.
But Milos Nikolic, Josh Ming and Adam McGeorge all found the back of the net for Central, producing a comprehensive 3-1 victory.
After a series of draws, Bay Olympic leapt back into second place on the table, thrashing Three Kings United 7-1 at Keith Hay Park.
Adrian Peihopa led the way with four goals, while Colin Gardyne struck twice and Isaac Bright once.
Noboyuki Kunishio was responsible for Three Kings’ solitary goal of the day.
Lynn-Avon and Eastern Suburbs locked horns at Ken Maunder Park, where the goals in the 1-1 draw came late in the game.
Marco Stilinovic gave the home team the lead 18 minutes from time, but Paul Bunbury secured a share of the spoils for Suburbs in stoppage time.
Mark Christensen was responsible for Hamilton Wanderers’ 1-0 win over Onehunga Sports at Waikaraka Park, while two Josh Billman goals saw Melville United record a 2-0 win over Metro at Gower Park.
Friday night sees Metro take on Three Kings at Albie Turner Field from 7.30pm in a bottom of the table encounter.
Saturday’s fixtures feature the clash of Bay Olympic and Tauranga at Olympic Park, while Lynn-Avon travels to Porritt Stadium to take on Hamilton and Papatoetoe will be hoping to make the most of their home advantage at Murdoch Park against Mt Albert-Ponsonby. On Sunday Central entertains Onehunga Sports at Kiwitea St. All weekend matches start at 2.45pm.
Pushing forward: Central United’s John Niyonsaba looks to shield the ball from Mt Albert Ponsonby’s Tim Menday during their clash at Anderson Park on Saturday