Mt Al­bert-Pon­sonby await premier league fate

Auckland City Harbour News - - PUBLIC NOTICES - TORIKA TOKALAU-CHAN­DRA

Mt Al­bert-Pon­sonby FC’s fate for pro­mo­tion into the NRFL Premier Di­vi­sion rests in the hands of Waitakere City FC to­mor­row night.

The top two teams from Di­vi­sion One get pro­moted into the Premier League and the An­der­son Park-based side are cur­rently in sec­ond spot be­hind lead­ers Waitakere.

Waitakere will play third­placed Ma­nurewa to­mor­row and a win for the Chatham Cup run­ners-up would mean Mt Al­bert-Pon­sonby se­cure their pro­mo­tion.

‘‘Thurs­day’s game is out of our hands ob­vi­ously so we have to sit and wait on the re­sult go­ing our way in or­der for us to be pro­moted,’’ Mt Al­bert-Pon­sonby chair­man Keith Earl says.

‘‘I think most clubs set out their sea­son with re­al­is­tic goals and we are no dif­fer­ent.

‘‘We felt that with the ap­point­ment of new coach Scott Ma­cay and the play­ers he at­tracted to Mt Al­bert-Pon­sonby, we would be a top five side but to be push­ing to go up to the Premier League along with Waitakere is fan­tas­tic for us.’’

Earl says they would love the op­por­tu­nity to be back in the Premier League af­ter eight years.

‘‘It has been many years since we were in the top flight and we would rel­ish the op­por­tu­nity to be back there again. It has been a great sea­son for the whole club and one of the most en­joy­able.’’

PHOTO: PHOTOTEK

The last time Mt Al­bert-Pon­sonby were in the Premier League was eight years ago.

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