Young at heart of Central victory
A first-half hat-trick from Central United striker Grant Young propelled them three points clear of a congested Northern Premier League football table on Sunday.
Thanks to Young’s efforts, Central were able to coast to a 60 win over Hamilton Wanderers at Kiwitea St, with David Richmond and a double from Milos Nikolic topping off a comprehensive victory.
Bay Olympic hit the woodwork three times but were unable to break their 0-0 deadlock with Onehunga Sports at Olympic Park.
Meanwhile LynnAvon were upset 3-2 at Papatoetoe in a game where Lynn-Avon had a number of goals ruled out in the second half, while Three Kings United went down 4-1 to Eastern Suburbs at Keith Hay Park.
And goals from Sean Devine and Chris Mason inside the first 20 minutes set up a 2-1 win for Metro over Mt Albertat Phyllis St.
Next Saturday’s action is restricted to two matches, with Three Kings taking on Tauranga City and Lynn-Avon entertaining Bay Olympic at Ken Maunder Park, with both games starting at 2.45pm.
In first division action, Onehunga-Mangere United’s 4-0 defeat of Cambridge at Mangere Domain relied on goals from Sultan Mohammed, Charlie Rewha, Steve May and Daniel Rowe. They visit Fencibles on Saturday, while Western Springs travel to Ellerslie.
A raft of Chatham Cup action dominates proceedings this Saturday with cup holders Central trekking south to face Te Puke United.
Mt Albert Grammar, who survived a protest from Fencibles United after Monday’s tie, will fancy their chances at Mangere United, while Metro welcomes Taupo to Albie Turner Field.
In sync: Central United’s Milos Nikolic, left, and Hamilton Wanderers’ Chris Wood jostle for possession at Kiwitea St on Sunday.