Three Kings keep hope alive

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Jeremy Ruane

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.

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