Cen­tral scram­bling to stay in the hunt

Central Leader - - Sport - By Jeremy Ruane

It’s been a mixed week for the Cen­tral United foot­ball side.

They re­main five points adrift of East­ern Sub­urbs in the North­ern League af­ter they went down to the com­pe­ti­tion lead­ers 3-1 at the Croa­t­ian Cul­tural So­ci­ety ground on Tues­day last week.

The clash had been post­poned be­cause of Cen­tral’s Chatham Cup cam­paign.

On Sun­day Cen­tral man­aged to re­deem them­selves against Lynn-Avon at Ki­witea St with a 4-1 win.

Luiz Del Monte put Cen­tral ahead af­ter 10 min­utes, while an Andrew Camp­bell penalty tied up the match just be­fore half­time.

But three goals in a fiveminute pe­riod half-way through the sec­ond spell changed all that.

Alex Fener­idis fired Cen­tral in front, be­fore a dou­ble from David Rich­mond clinched the vic­tory.

Cen­tral have to make up three more games – against Three Kings, Bay Olympic and Tau­ranga United – post­poned be­cause of Chatham Cup com­mit­ments and un­playable grounds.

Mean­while, Bay Olympic took ad­van­tage of Lyn­nAvon’s demise, climb­ing into third place on goal dif­fer­ence thanks to a 1-0 win over Mt Al­bert-Pon­sonby.

Metro’s bid to avoid rel­e­ga­tion was bol­stered by a 4-0 rout of Tau­ranga City, Melville United sneaked home 1-0 against bot­tom­placed Three Kings and One­hunga Sports drew 1-1 with Pa­p­a­toe­toe.

In the first di­vi­sion One­hunga-Man­gere United were hum­bled 9-0 at Man­gere Do­main by ti­tle-chas­ing Ma­nurewa on Satur­day, in one of the heav­i­est de­feats they have suf­fered for some time.

Man­gere United also lost vi­tal ground in the pro­mo­tion race af­ter they were held to a 1-1 draw by West­ern Springs.

Satur­day’s ac­tion sees East­ern Sub­urbs en­ter­tain­ing Three Kings at Madills Farm, while Cen­tral hit the road to take on Hamil­ton Wan­der­ers.

Lynn-Avon and Pa­p­a­toe­toe lock horns at Ken Maun­der Park, One­hunga Sports clash with Bay Olympic at Waikaraka Park and Mount Al­bertPon­sonby face Metro at An­der­son Park.

West­ern Springs have the bye, while One­hunga-Man­gere visit strug­gling Cam­bridge. All matches start at 2.45pm.

Photo: BEN CAMP­BELL

Stretch­ing out: Cen­tral United’s Luiz Del Monte re­tains pos­ses­sion de­spite a tackle from Lynn Avon’s Jono Key dur­ing their North­ern League match on Sun­day.

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