Western Springs pull clear on points ta­ble

Auckland City Harbour News - - SPORT - By JEREMY RUANE

Western Springs have stormed five points clear at the top of the Lotto North­ern League First Divi­sion.

Goals from player-coach Neil Em­blen and Ni­co­lai Berry se­cured a 2-1 win for Western Springs over fourth-placed Hi­bis­cus Coast which puts them on course for a pro­mo­tion to the pre­mier league.

Mt Al­bert-Pon­sonby had a good win over Melville United 3-1 at Gower Park while Metro lost 2-1 at North Shore United.

In Lotto North­ern Pre­mier League ac­tion, the ti­tle hopes of both Bay Olympic and One- hunga Sports were ef­fec­tively ended by de­feats on Satur­day.

One­hunga went down 2-1 at league lead­ers Glen­field Rovers, de­spite Cameron Lind­say giv­ing them the lead 10 min­utes into the sec­ond half.

Bay Olympic were up­set 3-2 by Waitakere City, de­spite the best ef­forts of Dar­ren White and Colin Gar­dyne to se­cure vic­tory for the sec­ond-placed side.

The clash be­tween Cen­tral United and Three Kings United was de­ferred un­til Tues­day evening at the Croa­t­ian Cul­tural So­ci­ety, af­ter the Ki­witea St pitch was de­clared too wa­ter­logged for play on Sun­day.

Lynn-Avon United bounced back to win­ning ways in the Lotto North­ern Pre­mier Women’s League, Jade Par­ris scor­ing in each half as they eclipsed Pa­p­a­toe­toe 2-0.

Western Springs went down 2-1 to reign­ing cham­pi­ons Eastern Sub­urbs at Sed­don Fields de­spite Penny Chap­man fir­ing them in front in the first half.

Three Kings have been granted dis­pen­sa­tion for three games, with Jas­mine Pereira, Mar­tine Puke­tapu and Belinda Van No­or­den all on duty with the Ju­nior Ferns at the Fifa U-20 Women’s World Cup Fi­nals in Canada. Western Springs are the only lo­cal women’s team in ac­tion on Sun­day. They head to Hamilton to take on Claude­lands Rovers.

In Lotto North­ern League Sec­ond Divi­sion ac­tion, goals in each half from Thomas Hahn and Colin Foster earned Lyn­nAvon United a 2-0 win over North Force to leave the vic­tors all but cer­tain of stay­ing up this sea­son.

One­hunga-Man­gere United aided their neigh­bours’ cause some­what by hold­ing bot­tom­placed Wark­worth to a 1-1 draw, with Shra­van Sharma scor­ing for OMU at Man­gere Do­main.

On Satur­day, OMU head to Al­bany United, while Waiuku is Lynn-Avon’s des­ti­na­tion.

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