Late goals take the match for Melville United

Central Leader - - Sport - By Jeremy Ruane

It was a week­end to for­get for cen­tral Auck­land foot­ball clubs in the North­ern League.

Premier com­pe­ti­tion colead­ers Lynn-Avon United suf­fered their first loss of the sea­son, go­ing down to Hamil­ton Wan­der­ers 3-1 at Por­ritt Sta­dium.

Two late goals to Melville United saw the Waika­to­based side claim victory 21 over Metro at Phyl­lis St, while Bay Olympic were thumped 4-1 by Ma­nurewa at Memo­rial Park.

One­hunga Sports is cur­rently prop­ping up the bot­tom of the com­pe­ti­tion lad­der, af­ter giv­ing up a twogoal lead that even­tu­ally saw them lose 3-2 to Pa­p­a­toe­toe at Waikaraka Park.

Mean­while Cen­tral United have had their match against East­ern Sub­urbs resched­uled to next month.

In the premier women’s divi­sion, Lynn-Avon thumped North Force 9-0 with Foot­ball Ferns cap­tain Hay­ley Moor­wood notch­ing up a hat­trick.

This week­end Metro and Cen­tral kick off fifth round action when they clash at Al­bie Turner Field on Fri­day night from 7pm. And on Satur­day Lynn-Avon host East­ern Sub­urbs at Ken Maun­der Park, while Bay Olympic face One­hunga Sports at Olympic Park, with both matches at 2.45pm.

On Sun­day the Lynn-Avon women travel to Fen­ci­bles United for a 12.30pm en­counter at River­hills Do­main, while Three Kings United take on East­ern Sub­urbs at Keith Hay Park from 1pm.

And in Ho­niara on Satur­day af­ter­noon Auck­land City plays Solomon Is­lands cham­pi­ons Koloale FC in the first leg of the Ocea­nia Foot­ball Cham­pi­ons League grand fi­nal.

The sec­ond leg takes place at Ki­witea St on May 3, with a place at the Fifa Club World Cup fi­nals in Dubai and $US500,000 up for grabs.

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