Suva proved no match for Auckland City
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.
Auckland celebrate their third goal against Suva in the 2015 Fiji Airways OFC Champions League at ANZ Stadium in Suva.