Konic hat-trick seals vic­tory

Central Leader - - SPORT - By JEREMY RUANE

Mixed for­tunes were the or­der of the week­end for our Lotto North­ern Pre­mier League teams. A hat-trick from Blair Konik was the in­di­vid­ual high­light of Three Kings United’s 4-2 de­feat of Waitakere City.

Mikhail Bre­de­veldt also scored for the Keith Hay Park out­fit.

Mean­while, Cen­tral United were edged 1-0 by Hamil­ton Wan­der­ers at Ki­witea St on Sun­day.

On Satur­day, Josh Ming scored One­hunga Sports’ only goal as ‘‘The Green Ma­chine’’ drew 1-1 at East Coast Bays.

Western Springs’ Lotto North­ern League Sec­ond Di­vi­sion side is the team which has made the bright­est start of all the cen­tral Auck­land football teams so far this sea­son, af­ter tak­ing the out­right lead in the com­pe­ti­tion on Satur­day.

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Neil Em­blen came off the bench at half-time in their game at Claude­lands Rovers and promptly opened the scor­ing at Gal­loway Park. Alex Har­ri­son and a stun­ning Sam Bur­foot strike wrapped up a 3-0 win for ‘‘ the Hoops’’, who have picked up five wins and a draw in their six games to date.

Fel­low Sec­ond Di­vi­sion side One­hun­gaMan­gere United are lay­ing claims to ‘‘the En­ter­tain­ers’’ tag, af­ter they were in­volved in the most thrilling game of the round against Wark­worth at Man­gere Do­main.

They were 3-0 up and cruis­ing early in the first half be­fore the vis­i­tors had a player sent off and by half-time Wark­worth had hauled them­selves level 3-3.

But an­other red card left Wark­worth with just nine men on the park and OMU fin­ished over the top of them.

Mark With­ers scored a hat-trick in a 5-3 win which also fea­tured goals from Sa­gar Kumar and Bren­don Here­maia-Dale.

In Lotto North­ern Pre­mier Women’s League ac­tion a brace of Jas­mine Pereira goals helped Three Kings United to a 4-0 win at Pukekohe.

Mar­tine Puke­tapu and re­serve goal­keeper Emma Tay­lor also scored as United closed to within three points of the league lead.

Western Springs re­main the only team still to record a point af­ter four rounds of play los­ing 2-0 to Lynn-Avon United.

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