Suva proved no match for Auck­land City

Auckland City Harbour News - - SPORT - By JEREMY RUANE

Cen­tral United, Metro, One­hunga Sports, Three Kings United and West­ern Springs scored solid Lotto North­ern League vic­to­ries on the week­end, as Auck­land City be­gan their pur­suit of OFC Cham­pi­ons League suc­cess in the style to which they have be­come ac­cus­tomed.

Ra­mon Tribu­li­etx’s charges com­fort­ably saw off Suva 3-0 at the Fi­jian club’s ANZ Sta­dium home on Satur­day, with David Browne fir­ing them in front from the penalty spot in the eleventh minute.

The Navy Blues were rarely trou­bled by the Fi­jian cham­pi­ons, who found City’s sec­ond half sub­sti­tutes too hot to han­dle. Sam Burfoot dou­bled Auck­land’s lead in the 64th minute, while Adam McGe­orge rounded out the win four min­utes from time.

They take on Solomon Is­lands cham­pi­ons West­ern United on Tues­day af­ter­noon from 4.30pm, and fin­ish the group with a clash against Ami­cale from 7pm on Satur­day evening.

Both matches will shown live on Sky Sports.

Back in Auck­land, Caleb Rufer took the goalscor­ing head­lines in Lotto North­ern Pre­mier League ac­tion on Satur­day, as his hat-trick fired One­hunga Sports to a 3-2 win at Eastern Sub­urbs.

Three Kings United hit Melville United for six at Keith Hay Park – Al­lan Pearce and Dy­lan Man­ickum both scored twice in the 6-1 win, while first half goals from Dale Ben­netto and Vin­cent Pineau clinched a 2-1 win for Cen­tral United at East Coast Bays.

Life wasn’t so rosy for Bay Olympic or West­ern Springs, how­ever.

The lat­ter copped a 7-1 trounc­ing at Hamil­ton Wan­der­ers, 24 hours af­ter the for­mer fell 3-1 at home to

be reign­ing cham­pi­ons Glen­field Rovers.

Metro con­tin­ued their suc­cess in the Lotto North­ern League First Di­vi­sion, Rafi Mo­ham­madi scor­ing the only goal in their win over Ngaru­awahia United at Al­bie Turner Field.

Mt Al­bert-Pon­sonby find them­selves prop­ping up the ta­ble af­ter hav­ing two play­ers sent off in a 10-0 tank­ing at Hibis­cus Coast, while in Sec- ond Di­vi­sion ac­tion, both Lynn-Avon United and One­hunga-Man­gere United were beaten on home turf by Al­bany United and Fen­ci­bles United re­spec­tively.

In Lotto North­ern Pre­mier Women’s League ac­tion, Hannah Robert and Hannah Wall both scored their maiden hat-tricks for Three Kings as they romped to a 10-0 win at Nor­west United, while Re­becca Tegg’s late penalty clinched a 1-0 win for West­ern Springs at Eastern Sub­urbs on a day Lynn-Avon went down 4-0 at Claude­lands Rovers.

Three Kings meet Claude­lands in a top-of-thetable clash at Keith Hay Park on Sun­day, while The Hoops host reign­ing cham­pi­ons Forrest Hill-Mil­ford United at Sed­don Fields and Lyn­nAvon wel­come Eastern Sub­urbs to Ken Maun­der Park.

This week’s Lotto North­ern League men’s ac­tion com­mences on Wed­nes­day evening, when West­ern Springs and Eastern Sub­urbs meet in a resched­uled Pre­mier League en­counter at Sed­don Fields from 7.30pm.

On Fri­day night, Cen­tral en­ter­tain Glen­field at the Croa­t­ian Cul­tural So­ci­ety, while MAP and North Shore United meet in First Di­vi­sion ac­tion at An­der­son Park.

Satur­day’s Pre­mier League fare sees The Hoops at home to East Coast Bays, while The Green Ma­chine take on table­top­ping Hamil­ton at Waikaraka Park.

Three Kings and Bay Olympic face road trips to Waitakere City and Birken­head United re­spec­tively.

Metro travel to Taka­puna for their First Di­vi­sion en­counter, while LAU head to Te Atatu in Sec­ond Di­vi­sion ac­tion, OMU com­plet­ing the round on Sun­day with a road trip to league new­com­ers AFC Fury, who are based in the Bay of Plenty.

Photo: PHOTOTEK

Auck­land cel­e­brate their third goal against Suva in the 2015 Fiji Air­ways OFC Cham­pi­ons League at ANZ Sta­dium in Suva.

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