Three Kings keep hope alive
The Three Kings United football side kept their Chatham Cup hopes alive with a 4-3 extra-time win over DunedinCaversham on Saturday.
After travelling to the deep south for the clash on Friday, Three Kings twice came from behind to take out the quarter-final.
Dave Dugdale put Caversham ahead after 30 minutes, with United levelling things up through Alejandro Blanco 20 minutes from time. Dugdale restored Caversham’s advantage four minutes later, until Jesse Van Kekem tied things up again not long after, sending the match into 30 minutes of extra time. Three Kings’ Jacob Mathews and Caversham’s Chris Jenkinson traded goals, leaving the score at 3-3 before Luiz Del Monte conjured up the winner for the visitors.
Three Kings will face either Manurewa, Miramar Rangers or Wellington Olympic in their Chatham Cup semifinal at the end of August.
Meanwhile, Lynn-Avon’s premier women’s side overcame Glenfield Rovers 2-1 in their National Women’s Knockout Cup match at McFetridge Park. Sarah Gregorius and Emily Cooper saw Lynn-Avon home, each scoring a goal in the first half. The win puts LynnAvon on course to win the cup for a record ninth time. They will encounter either Claudelands Rovers, Upper Hutt City or Western in their pursuit of back-to-back Knockout Cup triumphs.
In the Northern Premier League the Lynn-Avon men’s recent run of indifferent form continued at Ken Maunder Park on Saturday, with a 41 loss to Papatoetoe costing them the competition lead.
Eastern Suburbs consolidated third place with a 2-0 win over Bay Olympic and Onehunga Sports prevailed 2-1 over Metro at Waikaraka Park.
In first division OnehungaUnited defeated Pukekohe 3-0, Mangere United won 3-1 at Western Springs and Mt Albert-Ponsonby eked out a 2-2 draw against Cambridge. And in Sunday’s lone Northern Premier Women’s League fixture, Three Kings United hit the woodwork seven times as they handed out a 5-0 defeat to Fencibles United at Keith Hay Park.
This Saturday’s premier matches see Lynn-Avon host Bay Olympic at Ken Maunder Park, Onehunga Sports visit Manurewa at Memorial Park, while on Sunday Central United entertain Papatoetoe at Kiwitea St.
In first division table-toppers Three Kings tackle Papakura City at McLennan Park, Western Springs lock horns with Ngaruawahia United at Seddon Fields, Onehunga-Mangere play Mangere at Centre Park and Mt Albert-Ponsonby visit Ellerslie at Michael’s Ave.
Matches start at 2.45pm.