Young at heart of Central victory
A first-half hat-trick from Central United striker Grant Young propelled them three points clear of a congested Northern Premier League football table on Sunday.
Thanks to Young’s efforts, Central were able to coast to a 60 win over Hamilton Wanderers at Kiwitea St, with David Rich- mond and a double from Milos Nikolic topping off a comprehensive victory.
Bay Olympic hit the woodwork three times but were unable to break their 0-0 deadlock with Onehunga Sports at Olympic Park.
Meanwhile LynnAvon were upset 3-2 at Papatoetoe in a game where Lynn-Avon had a number of goals ruled out in the second half, while Three Kings United went down 4-1 to Eastern Suburbs at Keith Hay Park.
And goals from Sean Devine and Chris Mason inside the first 20 minutes set up a 2-1 win for Metro over Mt AlbertPonsonby at Phyllis St.
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They visit Fencibles fancy their chances at on Saturday, while Mangere United, while Western Springs travel Metro welcomes Taupo to Ellerslie. to Albie Turner Field. It’s all tied up at the top of the Auckland premier club rugby competition after Ponsonby grabbed a 31-21 win over Pakuranga on Saturday at Bell Park.
Auckland centre Winston Stanley crossed the line twice to help Ponsonby pick up the four tries needed to secure a bonus point.
This sees them draw level on 38 points with Grammar Carlton.
And while Grammar Carlton had a convincing 28-10 win of their own against University at Cornwall Park, they now only lead the competition on points differential.
Grammar Carlton coach Brandon Jackson says he’s pleased with his side’s performance, although he’s disappointed they couldn’t score another try and grab the extra point.
Despite a loss to Grammar Carlton several weeks ago, Ponsonby have picked up six bonus points to Grammar Carlton’s two.
Jackson puts that down to the way the draw has panned out.
“It was to be expected. They’ve got some hard games coming up,” he says.
Meanwhile Jackson’s side faced many of the top contenders in the first few rounds.
In sync: Central United’s Milos Nikolic, left, and Hamilton Wanderers’ Chris Wood jostle for possession at Kiwitea St on Sunday.