Big weekend of football
It was delight for Central United but despair for Onehunga Sports following their respective semifinals in the ASB Chatham Cup.
Onehunga fell foul of cup-holders Cashmere Technical at Waikaraka Park on Saturday, the Christchurch club prevailing 4-0 and advancing to the final on September 7.
Central United confidently overcame Napier City Rovers 2-0 at Kiwitea St.
Jose Figueira’s side broke the deadlock six minutes before half-time through a Karl Reimann spot kick.
Rovers’ fate was sealed 17 minutes from time when substitute James Hoyt doubled Central’s advantage.
The champagne corks were also popping at Seddon Fields on Saturday evening, as Lotto Northern League First Division leaders Western Springs confirmed promotion for the second successive season.
Mt. Albert-Ponsonby upset third-placed Ellerslie 2-1, thanks to goals from Tim Hayhow and Jared Colligan. But Metro couldn’t make it a clean sweep for the local sides, going down 2-0 at Melville United.
In premier league action, Bay Olympic’s 3-2 loss at Birkenhead United confirmed Glenfield Rovers as champions without having to kick a ball.
Three Kings United recorded a come-frombehind 3-1 win over Waitakere City at Keith Hay Park.
Meanwhile the LynnAvon United women’s team were held to a scoreless draw at Fencib- les United, while Courtney Noble’s goal eight minutes into the match earned an understrength Three Kings United side a 1-0 win at Bay of Plenty.
Warkworth’s relegation from the second division was confirmed on Saturday despite second-to-bottom LynnAvon’s 5-0 loss at home to Tauranga City United.
Onehunga-Mangere United, meanwhile, have their sights set on a possible top-six finish after overcoming North Force 4-2 at Mangere Domain.
Tough loss: Onehunga Sports players hang their heads as Cashmere’s Ash Welborn scores and celebrates another goal.