East­ern in the frontseat

Central Leader - - Sport - By Jeremy Ruane

Catch us if you can.

That’s the mes­sage East­ern Sub­urbs are send­ing to reign­ing North­ern Pre­mier League foot­ball cham­pi­ons Cen­tral United.

East­ern Sub­urbs de­feated Lynn-Avon United 2-0 at Madills Farm on Satur­day.

But the lead­ers have played three more games than Cen­tral be­cause of Chatham Cup com­mit­ments and an aban­doned match.

Hat-tricks from David Rich­mond and Mi­los Nikolic sup­ple­mented by a Grant Young goal helped Cen­tral to a 7-0 vic­tory against Mt Al­bert-Pon­sonby at Ki­witea St on Sun­day.

The re­sult puts the gap be­tween Cen­tral and East­ern Sub­urbs at just four points.

In other ac­tion Metro and Melville United bat­tled out a score­less first half, while pro­duc­ing a bar­rage of goals in the sec­ond spell to draw 4-4 at Al­bie Turner Field.

There was an­other goalfest at Por­ritt Sta­dium, where One­hunga Sports proved too strong for Hamil­ton Wan­der­ers, over­com­ing the Waikato men 4-3.

And Bay Olympic nudged Three Kings United closer to rel­e­ga­tion by down­ing the bot­tom-placed team 2-1 at Olympic Park.

Satur­day’s first di­vi­sion ac­tion saw Eller­slie score the big­gest win of the day tak­ing out One­hunga-Man­gere United 4-0 at Man­gere Do­main, while West­ern Springs se­cured a 1-0 win against Pa­pakura City.

This week’s com­pe­ti­tion starts early with an en­counter tonight be­tween East­ern Sub­urbs and Cen­tral at Al­bie Turner Field at 7pm.

A full round of ac­tion then takes place on Satur­day with Cen­tral trav­el­ling to Waikaraka Park to face One­hunga Sports.

Lynn-Avon en­ter­tain Hamil­ton, Bay Olympic make the trek to Tau­ranga, Mt Al­bertPon­sonby wel­come Pa­p­a­toe­toe to An­der­son Park and Three Kings lock horns with Metro at Keith Hay Park.

In first di­vi­sion, West­ern Springs clash with ta­ble-top­ping Ngaru­awahia United at Sed­don Fields, while One­hunga-Man­gere travel to Waiuku.

In women’s ac­tion, Three Kings United are at home to Waitakere City at Keith Hay Park on Sun­day. The Mt Al­bert rugby league side’s five-month un­beaten run came to an end on Satur­day af­ter go­ing down 104 to Glenora.

But Mt Al­bert coach Brent Gem­mell says he isn’t too con­cerned with the loss.

“We’ve played worse games this year and got a re­sult.

“It’s a good time to lose one. I’d rather lose one now than in the play-offs,” Gem­mell says.

His side had man­aged to get through the grad­ing round un­beaten, and un­til the match against Glenora had racked up three wins in the Fox Me­mo­rial premiership.

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