Coach says there’s time for redemption
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.
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.