Noth­ing but net for cup glory-seek­ers

Central Leader - - Sport - By Jeremy Ruane

There were goals galore on Satur­day as a num­ber of cen­tral Auck­land foot­ball clubs chased glory in the pres­ti­gious Chatham Cup tour­na­ment.

Chris Gage was the star of the show for Mt Al­bert-Pon­sonby, find­ing the back of the net five times dur­ing his side’s 6-1 wal­lop­ing of West­lake Boys High School.

Mean­while Ja­cob Mathews notched up a hat-trick for Three Kings United in their 6-2 rout of Cam­bridge.

One­hunga-Man­gere United de­feated Tau­ranga City United 3-2, while Sun­day League team Bo­hemian Celtic, an af­fil­i­ate of the Three Kings club, ousted FC Whangarei 2-1.

They join Bay Olympic, Cen­tral United, Lynn-Avon United, Metro and One­hunga Sports in the next round of Chatham Cup action later this month.

The only no­table ex­cep­tion to miss out on the next round is Mt Al­bert Gram­mar School, who suc­cumbed 3-0 to Pa­p­a­toe­toe af­ter im­pres­sive per­for­mances in pre­vi­ous years.

In North­ern League premier action, Lynn-Avon United ex­tended their ad­van­tage over all­com­ers to five points thanks to Rob­bie Green­halgh’s 17th minute goal against Bay Olympic.

At the other end of the ta­ble, Metro earned a vi­tal away point thanks to a 1-1 draw at Hamil­ton Wan­der­ers.

In premier women’s league action, Three Kings United strug­gled to a 2-1 win against the lowly Fen­ci­bles United on Sun­day.

Two Fri­day night clashes kick off this week’s premier league matches, with Cen­tral United and One­hunga Sports lock­ing horns at the Croa­t­ian Cul­tural So­ci­ety from 7.15pm.

Metro en­ter­tain East­ern Sub­urbs at Al­bie Turner Field from 7.30pm.

On Satur­day, Bay Olympic host Pa­p­a­toe­toe at Olympic Park, while Lynn-Avon take on Melville United at Gower Park.

On Sun­day Lynn-Avon’s table­top­ping women’s side take on East­ern Sub­urbs at Ken Maun­der Park from 1pm, while sec­ond­placed Three Kings face Claude­lands Rovers at Gal­loway Park from noon.

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