Central setting pace in football
Central United maintained a three-point advantage over the chasing pack with a 3-0 win over Onehunga Sports in the Northern Premier Football League on Sunday.
The visitors, who fielded long-time Central custodian Ross Nicholson in goal, managed to keep the reigning champs scoreless in the first half.
But just four minutes into the second period, David Richmond put Central in front.
Two minutes later Robbie Greenhalgh doubled Central’s advantage, while Lance Eeson wrapped things up for the home side 17 minutes from time.
Meanwhile, in an incident packed match, Bay Olympic kept their place in second spot after a 50 win against Tauranga at Olympic Park.
The game saw Tauranga reduced to eight players, after Tom Pamment, Grant Cooper and Dale Beattie received red cards.
Lynn-Avon United won 3-1 against Hamilton Wanderers at Porritt Stadium to leave themselves a point behind the leading pair, while Papatoetoe had a narrow 1-0 victory over Mt Albert-Ponsonby at Murdoch Park.
And in a battle of the cellar-dwellers, Metro clambered off the bottom of the league ladder, thumping Three Kings United 5-0 at Albie Turner Field.
Onehunga-Mangere United and Western Springs both appear destined to stay in division one after suffering defeats on Saturday.
Western Springs were beaten 1-0 by league leaders Ngaruawahia United, while Onehunga -Mangere lost out 2-1 to Waiuku at Mangere Domain.
– Jeremy Ruane