Hou­dini act from Springs

Auckland City Harbour News - - SPORT - By JEREMY RUANE

A dra­matic open­ing round of the NRFL foot­ball com­pe­ti­tion, saw West­ern Springs nar­rowly grab a ner­vous draw at the death against Birken­head United.

Neil Em­blen’s men were at home at Sed­don Fields to wrap up round one of the 50th sea­son of the north­ern league on March 29.

It wasn’t look­ing good for the Hoops, who found them­selves down 1-0 at half­time thanks to a goal from Birken­head’s Daniel Mor­gan.

Mikhail Bre­de­veldt struck again for Birken­head af­ter the break and the score was 2-1 af­ter Dy­lan de Jong nailed a goal for West­ern Springs.

An own-goal from Birken­head in the dy­ing min­utes meant the Hoops grabbed the draw.

West­ern Springs will be up against a hurt­ing Three Kings out­fit on Fri­day, who were de­feated by Cen­tral United 4-2 in round one.

Regi Mu­rati scored two goals for Cen­tral play­ing at the Croa­t­ian Cul­tural Club, which in the end proved the dif­fer­ence in a high­scor­ing af­fair.

Finn Cochran and Aaron Bawdekar also found the net for Cen­tral, with Tom Konusi and Al­lan Pearce re­ply­ing for Three Kings.

The West­ern Springs women’s team got off to a fly­ing start, dis­man­tling Fen­ci­bles United 3-0 on March 29.

Re­becca Tegg, Sam Muir­head and Emily Cooper all kicked up a gear in the sec­ond half, with a goal each.

All lo­cal teams face two full rounds of ac­tion over Easter week­end.

In the pre­mier league on Good Fri­day, Three Kings and West­ern Springs meet in a cen­tral Auck­land derby at Keith Hay Park.

On Easter Mon­day, Three Kings con­test their third cen­tral Auck­land derby in suc­ces­sion, when head­ing to Waikaraka Park to take on ‘‘The Green Ma­chine’’ One­hunga.

Cen­tral United and Bay Olympic face road trips to play the Hamil­ton Wan­der­ers and Waitakere re­spec­tively, while the Hoops’ clash with Eastern Sub­urbs has been de­ferred to April 15.

Photo: PHOTOTEK

Cheauxyan Maukau, left, is tack­led by Birken­head’s James Law­son.

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