Houdini act from Springs
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.
Cheauxyan Maukau, left, is tackled by Birkenhead’s James Lawson.