Central scrambling to stay in the hunt
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.
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.