Young at heart of Cen­tral vic­tory

Central Leader - - Sport - By Jeremy Ruane

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.

Next Satur­day’s ac­tion is re­stricted to two matches, with Three Kings tak­ing on Tau­ranga City and Lynn-Avon en­ter­tain­ing Bay Ol- ympic at Ken Maun­der A raft of Chatham Park, with both games Cup ac­tion dom­i­nates start­ing at 2.45pm. pro­ceed­ings this Sat-

In first di­vi­sion ac­tion, ur­day with cup holdOne­hunga- Man­gere ers Cen­tral trekking United’s 4-0 de­feat of south to face Te Puke Cam­bridge at Man­gere United. Do­main re­lied on goals Mt Al­bert Gram­from Sul­tan Mo­ham­mar, who sur­vived a med, Char­lie Re­wha, dra­matic protest from Steve May and Daniel Fen­ci­bles United afRowe. ter Mon­day’s tie, will

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.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

In sync: Cen­tral United’s Mi­los Nikolic, left, and Hamil­ton Wan­der­ers’ Chris Wood jos­tle for pos­ses­sion at Ki­witea St on Sun­day.

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