Crunch time for Central United in final round
Central United’s hopes of retaining their Northern Premier Football League title hangs in the balance.
The reigning champs have to face top-of-thetable Eastern Suburbs this week in the competition’s final round after suffering a shock 3-1 loss to Hamilton Wanderers at Porritt Stadium on Saturday
Warwick Gibson, Sam Maposa and Michael Mayne scored for Hamilton, while Milos Nikolic provided the visitor’s only goal.
While Central have three games to catch-up on thanks to their Chatham Cup commitments and an abandoned match, they must win all three, plus the game against Suburbs this weekend, to retain the title.
Michael Smith and Andrew Webber struck either side of half-time as Eastern Suburbs downed Three Kings United 2-1, condemning the bottomplaced team to relegation.
And Mt Albert-Ponsonby are poised to join them in dropping straight back to division one after squandering a two-goal lead against Metro, eventually drawing 2-2.
Lynn-Avon United crept back into third place with a lastgasp 5-4 victory over Papatoetoe at Ken Maunder Park.
It was tied up at 4-4 until the final minute, when Peter Norris notched his second goal of the game to seal the victory.
An Alan Thorpe goal two minutes before halftime allowed Onehunga Sports to eclipse Bay Olympic 1-0, which moves them to within a point of fourth-placed Bay.
In first division action Cambridge secured a 3-2 victory over OnehungaMangere United.
Onehunga Sports kick off this week’s round against Metro on Friday night at Phyllis St from 7.30pm.
On Saturday, Central battle it out with Eastern Suburbs at Madills Farm, after playing a catchup match against Three Kings last night.
Three Kings entertain Tauranga at Keith Hay Park, Bay Olympic host Lynn Avon at Olympic Park and Mt Albert-Ponsonby face Melville United.
In first division Onehunga-Mangere take on Fencibles United at Mangere Domain, while Western Springs host Ellerslie at Seddon Fields.
All of Saturday’s matches start at 2.45pm.