Win puts Cen­tral United fur­ther out in front

Auckland City Harbour News - - Sport - By Jeremy Ruane

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.

Photo: BEN CAMP­BELL

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

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