West­ern Springs exit cup

Auckland City Harbour News - - SPORT - By JU­LIAN RAETHEL

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.

Photo: SHANE WENZLICK / PHOTOTEK

West­ern Springs’ Liam Mul­rooney shows his handy head­ing skills against Eastern Sub­urbs.

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