Boys stay on course for Chatham Cup glory

Central Leader - - Sport - By Scott Morgan and Jeremy Ruane

They may just be school­boys, but the Mt Al­bert Gram­mar soc­cer side are per­form­ing be­yond their years af­ter an­other vic­tory in their Chatham Cup cam­paign.

The cen­tral Auck­land school pre­vailed 2-0 over Man­gere United on Satur­day thanks to a goal in each half from Dakota Lu­cas.

West­ern Springs and Fen­ci­bles United have al­ready suf­fered at the hands of for­mer All White coach Kevin Fal­lon’s charges in ear­lier rounds of the com­pe­ti­tion.

This means the school­boys have reached the same point in the com­pe­ti­tion as last year, where they were de­feated 5-0 by even­tual win­ners Cen­tral United.

Mt Al­bert Gram­mar prin­ci­pal Dale Bur­den says the team’s achieve­ment is “out­stand­ing”.

“Their age range is 14 to 18 so they’re do­ing very well.”

“The Chatham Cup is a good op­por­tu­nity for them to ex­tend them­selves. They’re not ex­tended ev­ery week in the school com­pe­ti­tion.”

Mean­while, Cen­tral made progress to­wards a ti­tle defence af­ter thrash­ing Te Puke United 5-0, with David Rich­mond scor­ing a hat-trick and Lance Ee­son pick­ing up a dou­ble.

Metro also ad­vanced to the last 16 af­ter tak­ing a 2-0 vic­tory against Taupo United.

Chris Ma­son gave his side the lead in the 16th minute, while Sean Devine se­cured vic­tory eight min­utes from time.

The next round of the Chatham Cup will be played on June 28 and 29, with the draw yet to be de­cided.

Only two games took place in the North­ern Pre­mier League be­cause of the Chatham Cup matches.

It was a good week­end for Lynn-Avon, who have re­turned to sec­ond spot be­hind Cen­tral af­ter dom­i­nat­ing the pre­vi­ously un­beaten Bay Olympic 4-2.

And Tau­ranga City United were held to a 0-0 draw by bot­tom of the ta­ble Three Kings.

This week’s round kicks off on Fri­day night with Metro fac­ing Lynn-Avon at Phyl­lis St from 7.30pm.

On Satur­day, Mt Al­bertPon­sonby and Three Kings lock horns at An­der­son Park, while Hamil­ton Wan­der­ers host Bay Olympic at Por­ritt Sta­dium and One­hunga Sports play Melville United at Waikaraka Park.

Sun­day sees Cen­tral United en­ter­tain Pa­p­a­toe­toe at Ki­witea Street.

All week­end matches start at 2.45pm.

In first di­vi­sion ac­tion, Eller­slie came from be­hind to sink West­ern Springs 2-1 and Fen­ci­bles United took down One­hunga-Man­gere United 2-1 at River­hills Do­main.

Satur­day’s matches see West­ern Springs trav­el­ling to Waiuku, while One­hunga Man­gere head out to Pukekohe.

Slid­ing through: Mt Al­bert Gram­mar’s Zane Sole wins the bat­tle for the ball against Man­gere United’s Vishal Lal on Satur­day.

Pho­tos: SHANE WENZLICK

Climb­ing the moun­tain: Mt Al­bert Gram­mar’s Dakota Lu­cas em­barks on a high fly­ing chal­lenge on Man­gere United’s Surf­s­raz Ali dur­ing their Chatham Cup clash on Satur­day.

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