Western Springs exit cup
Four central Auckland football clubs have survived for another day as the Chatham Cup is put on simmer.
However, Western Springs is not one of them.
The team succumbed 4-1 to Eastern Suburbs at Madills Farm on June 1.
It was all but over at halftime with Suburbs leading 3-0.
Roussin Nkoy scored Springs’ solitary goal in the second half.
‘‘It was a particularly tough draw, Suburbs have been doing really well,’’ Western Springs president Grant Russell says.
Coach Neil Emblen is helping out as assistant coach with the Junior All Whites at the Under20 World Cup.
‘‘We’re pretty proud of Neil being involved in the under-20s.
‘‘Yes, there’s some disruption but we’re managing that.’’
Springs are under the watchful eye of New Zealand Under17s coach Chris Zorocich and Jack Winters in Emblen’s absence.
It’s back to the NRFL this weekend with Springs heading to McFetridge Park against Glenfield, who will also be hurting after being knocked out of the Chatham Cup 3-0 by Central Utd.
It wasn’t all bad news for the club, with the women’s premier side advancing to the next round of the ASB Women’s Knockout Cup.
Springs rolled into Hamilton on June 1 to grab the 1-0 victory against Claudelands Rovers, thanks to Melanie Gooch’s goal in the eighth minute.
Meanwhile the Chatham Cup dream is also over for Mt Albert Ponsonby AFC.
MAP were blown away by Oratia United at Parrs Park on May 31 after being level 0-0 at the break.
Oratia showed their class with three second-half goals to Hayden Pett, Andrew Kapteyn and Mark Withers to take the match 3-0.
MAP co-coach Brian Stanyer says he’s keen to move on quickly, as his side prepares to face Mangere United in their NRFL division one match on June 5.
Sitting in ninth position, a slump at this stage of the season could see the club slip dangerously.
‘‘Obviously we’re disappointed [with the Chatham Cup loss] but we’ve really got to concentrate on the league and avoid the relegation zone.’’
MAP also lost the Allan Smallman Trophy to Oratia – which hasn’t been contested in more than five years since both clubs have played in different leagues.
Smallman was a well-liked character who managed both teams, Stanyer says.
It has been an unsettled year for MAP, with Stanyer and Paul Colgate taking the coaching reigns after Nick Snedden resigned six weeks ago.
Western Springs’ Liam Mulrooney shows his handy heading skills against Eastern Suburbs.