Central in good form
A mix of youth and experience helped Central United overcome Onehunga Sports 4-0 on Saturday.
Youngster Milos Nikolic picked up a double, while mid-fielder Luiz Del Monte and veteran striker Grant Young also found themselves on the score sheet.
That puts the reigning champs just two points behind leaders Eastern Suburbs after they drew 1-1 with Meville United.
Central also have three games to make up thanks to Chatham Cup commitments and a game called off because of an unplayable pitch.
Metro sent Three Kings United one step closer to relegation with a 6-1 win, including three goals to former A-League player Sean Devine.
Bay Olympic came away with a 1-0 win over Tauranga United, while Mt Albert-Ponsonby drew 3-3 with Papatoetoe. Lynn Avon had a 3-2 win over Hamilton Wanderers.
In first division Western Springs lost out to Ngaruawahia United 2-1 and Onehunga Mangere were thumped 5-1 by Waiuku.