Sides share Team of the Year title
The achievements of the LynnAvon United and Western Springs women’s football sides were inseparable when deciding the 2008 Central Leader Team of the Year award.
As a result they will share the trophy over the next year for six months each.
Springs edged out LynnAvon in the title race, beating them twice during the season to take out their first Northern Premier Women’s League championship.
But Lynn-Avon thrashed Christchurch-based Western 6-2 in the National Women’s Knockout Cup in September, after taking out Western Springs 1-0 in the semi.
Both sides had a number of players at the Olympics and in the women’s Under-17 World Cup squads.
Central United men, last season’s Northern Premier League and Chatham Cup winners, finished a close-run third for the award.
Their quarter-final demise in the Chatham Cup denied them the chance of winning the award for a second season running.
Central’s impressive league campaign saw them endure a punishing schedule in August to overhaul leaders Eastern Suburbs with a game to spare.
They were also the only team in the country to score 100 goals in league and cup action.
Hard on their heels was the Lynn-Avon men’s team who finished third in the premier league, after winning the first division title last season.
Bay Olympic and Onehunga Sports both had mid-table finishes, while Metro put together a feisty run late in the campaign to stave off the threat of relegation.
Part of the reason for Metro’s success was striker Sean Devine taking out the title of the league’s leading scorer, with 23 goals.
Unfortunately not all local teams tasted success, with Mt Albert-Ponsonby and Three Kings joining Western Springs and Onehunga-Mangere in next season’s first division.