Cen­tral set­ting pace in foot­ball

Auckland City Harbour News - - Sport -

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

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