Young at heart of Cen­tral vic­tory

Auckland City Harbour News - - Sport - By Jeremy Ruane

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.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

In sync: Cen­tral United’s Mi­los Nikolic, left, and Hamil­ton Wan­der­ers’ Chris Wood jos­tle for pos­ses­sion at Ki­witea St on Sun­day.

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