Big week­end of foot­ball

Auckland City Harbour News - - SPORT - By JEREMY RUANE

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.

Photo: PHOTOTEK

Tough loss: One­hunga Sports play­ers hang their heads as Cash­mere’s Ash Wel­born scores and cel­e­brates an­other goal.

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