Boys stay on course for Chatham Cup glory
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.
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.