Top game before heavens open
Central United survived the elements on their way to crushing Papatoetoe 7-0 in a water-logged match on Sunday in the Northern Premier Football League.
A second Grant Young hattrick at home this season inspired the reigning champions to victory, with Alex Feneridis, Salesh Kumar, Dave Richmond and Luiz Del Monte also chiming in before the final whistle.
Central coach Peter Martin says he is pleased with the way his side performed in the first half before torrential rain arrived at Kiwitea St during halftime.
“The game was dead by then – it wasn’t good football.”
Martin’s side are likely to face a much tougher proposition in their Chatham Cup tie with Kevin Fallon’s Mt Albert Grammar team next week.
“They’re coached by a guy with one of the best records in the country,” he says.
“It makes for a problem tie – we don’t want to trip up. We’ve got to have the very best side out there in the very best frame of mind.”
Meanwhile in other premier league action, Lynn-Avon United now share second place with Eastern Suburbs after drawing 2-2 with Metro on Friday evening at Albie Turner Field.
Honours were also even when Three Kings United took on Mt Albert-Ponsonby, with the scores tied up 1-1 at fulltime, while Hamilton Wanderers thrashed Bay Olympic 4-1.
And Onehunga Sports climbed into the top six after taking out Melville United 2-1 at Waikaraka Park.
In first division action, it was a good day for OnehungaMangere United and Western Springs, who recorded wins against Pukekohe 1-0 and Waiuku 2-1 respectively.
Saturday’s Chatham Cup tie between Central United and Mt Albert Grammar takes place at the school and Metro face East Coast Bays at Phyllis St, with both games starting at 2pm.
And Saturday’s premier league matches see Mt Albert-Ponsonby travelling to Tauranga City United while Three Kings enjoy home advantage against Onehunga Sports at Keith Hay Park from 2.45pm.
Splish splash: Central’s Adam Thomas, left, and Papatoetoe’s Ricky Ezpinoza struggle for possession in the wet during their Northern Premier League match at Kiwitea St on Sunday.