Western Springs break their home drought

Auckland City Harbour News - - SPORT - By JEREMY RUANE

Western Springs scored their first home win of the sea­son at Seddon Fields in the Lotto North­ern Pre­mier Women’s League. Springs came from be­hind to sink bot­tom-placed Bay of Plenty 5-2, and in do­ing so all but as­sured their sur­vival in the com­pe­ti­tion this sea­son.

Caitlin Byrne, Sarah Blyde, Emma Pick­les and two-goal markswoman Lily-Rose Dyer did the dam­age in their sec­ond­half come­back.

Lynn-Avon United held reign­ing cham­pi­ons East­ern Sub­urbs to a score­less draw at Madills Farm while Three Kings United fell 4-2 to Claude­lands Rovers.

Goals in each half from Liam Mul­rooney and Sam Bur­foot earned Western Springs a 2-1 win over Eller­slie in the Lotto North­ern League First Di­vi­sion.

Mt Al­bert-Pon­sonby have the New North Rd derby brag­ging rights for this sea­son af­ter see­ing off next-door neigh­bours Metro 3-1 at Al­bie Turner Field.

That re­sult leaves Metro three points off bot­tom spot on the standings, and they visit Hi­bis­cus Coast this Satur­day.

Bay Olympic crashed out of the ASB Chatham Cup on Satur­day fall­ing 3-2 to Hamil­ton Wan­der­ers.

Mak­sim Manko opened the scor­ing at Olympic Park in the eighth minute for Bay be­fore Hamil­ton struck back in em­phatic fash­ion, find­ing the net three times in just five min­utes.

The home team went des­per­ately close in the sec­ond spell but Hamil­ton held on to set up a visit to Cen­tral United on the last Sun­day in the month.

One­hunga Sports moved into sec­ond place on the Lotto North­ern Pre­mier League ta­ble af­ter Ross Hav­i­land’s sec­ond half penalty proved enough to earn a 1-0 win at Waitakere City.

Across town at Keith Hay Park, Three Kings put a se­ri­ous dent in East Coast Bays’ am­bi­tions of back-to-back ti­tles by hand­ing them a 5-1 thrash­ing.

One­hunga-Man­gere United and Lynn-Avon United both con­sid­er­ably eased their Lotto North­ern League Sec­ond Di­vi­sion rel­e­ga­tion con­cerns by scor­ing rare vic­to­ries on Satur­day.

Sec­ond half goals from Shravan Sharma and Nathaniel Lu­cas earned OMU a 2-1 win at Fen­ci­bles United, a tri­umph which al­most cer­tainly con­firms their safety.

Lynn-Avon saw off Claude­lands Rovers 5-4 in a tough bat­tle at Ken Maun­der Park be­tween the two teams im­me­di­ately above bot­tom-placed Wark­worth on the ta­ble.

OMU and Lynn-Avon lock horns at Man­gere Do­main on Satur­day.

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