Coach says there’s time for re­demp­tion

Central Leader - - Sport - By Scott Mor­gan and Jeremy Ruane

A top-of-the-ta­ble clash in club foot­ball’s North­ern League premier women’s com­pe­ti­tion saw leaders Lynn-Avon con­vinc­ingly de­feat Three Kings 5-0 on Sun­day.

“At the end of the day, they were that lit­tle bit bet­ter than us,” Three Kings coach An­drew Clay says.

Hay­ley Moor­wood opened the scor­ing in the third minute, while a suc­ces­sion of goals by Sarah Gre­go­ri­ous, Emma Kete, Melissa Ray and an­other by Moor­wood sealed the deal for Lynn-Avon.

While Clay be­lieves Lyn­nAvon de­serve the win, he says some sloppy de­fence in the sec­ond spell cost his side dearly.

“There were some harsh words said about in­di­vid­ual per­for­mances.”

But with an­other round-robin clash to come against Lynn-Avon this sea­son, Clay says there’s “plenty of time for re­demp­tion”.

Lynn-Avon’s men re­main on top thanks to a 2-0 win over Pa­p­a­toe­toe.

Two 1-1 draws to sec­ond-placed East­ern Sub­urbs against Cen­tral United on Tues­day evening, and Bay Olympic on Satur­day fur­ther ex­tended Lynn-Avon’s lead to four points.

Reign­ing cham­pi­ons Cen­tral also suf­fered a 2-1 loss to Ma­nurewa.

And Metro re­main an­chored to the bot­tom of the ta­ble af­ter bat­tling out a 1-1 draw against the other team headed to­wards the rel­e­ga­tion zone, One­hunga Sports.

Mean­while in first divi­sion Three Kings over­came Pa­pakura City 5-1, Mt Al­bert-Pon­sonby lost to Eller­slie 1-0, West­ern Springs went down to Ngaru­awahia 2-0 and One­hunga-Man­gere took out Man­gere United 4-2.

Next week Lynn-Avon host Bay Olympic at Ken Maun­der Park and Metro meet Hamil­ton Wan­der­ers at Por­ritt Sta­dium with both matches start­ing at 2.45pm, while on Sun­day the Three Kings women take on Fen­ci­bles at River­hills Park from 12.30pm.

In Chatham Cup action Three Kings take on Cam­bridge at Keith Hay Park, One­hun­gaMan­gere wel­come Tau­ranga City to Man­gere Do­main, Mt Al­bert Pon­sonby host West­lake Boys High School at An­der­son Park and Mt Al­bert Gram­mar en­joy home ad­van­tage against Pa­p­a­toe­toe.

Photo: SHANE WENZLICK

Ahead of the pack: Three Kings United’s Kristy Hill clears the ball away from Lynn Avon’s Sarah Gre­go­ri­ous dur­ing their North­ern League premier match on Sun­day.

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