Cen­tral in mid-ta­ble tus­sle

Central Leader - - SPORT - By JEREMY RUANE

Cen­tral United are keep­ing their Lotto North­ern Pre­mier Football League ti­tle hopes alive af­ter an­other win at Ki­witea St on Sun­day.

United’s 4-2 vic­tory over Bay Olympic ended the ti­tle quest of the reign­ing cham­pi­ons in the cen­tral Auck­land derby.

The home team got off to a fly­ing start thanks to the ef­forts of duo Ivan Vicelich and Riki Van Stee­den in­side the first 15 min­utes.

Kyosuke Ki­tano pulled one back for Bay Olympic 10 min­utes later but Cen­tral re­stored their two-goal ad­van­tage eight min­utes into the sec­ond half when Emil­iano Tade struck.

That lead was back to one goal three min­utes later when Mak­sim Manko struck to set up a thrilling fi­nal half-hour, with Cen­tral only con­firm­ing the win in stop­page time courtesy of an Adam Dick­in­son penalty. The win fires Cen­tral into third place, four points off the lead held by Birken­head United.

Bay Olympic now find them­selves in a mid-ta­ble tus­sle with Three Kings United and One­hunga Sports.

One­hunga lost


at the home of the ta­ble-top­pers, with all four goals com­ing in the sec­ond half.

Three Kings trounced Ma­nurewa 6-1 at Keith Hay Park, led by a brace of goals apiece to new sign­ing Al­lan Pearce and the league’s lead­ing marks­man Mikhail Bre­de­veldt. Mar­shall Gur­ney and Dy­lan Stans­field also struck for United.

This Satur­day, Cen­tral visit Hamil­ton Wan­der­ers, and Bay Olympic en­ter­tain Eller­slie.

Three Kings head to Waitakere City, and One­hunga Sports host East Coast Bays at Waikaraka Park.

Lotto North­ern Pre­mier Women’s League ac­tion this Sun­day is the start of the cham­pi­onship and plate phases in the com­pe­ti­tion.

Three Kings United are in the higher-ranked di­vi­sion and head to For­rest Hill-Mil­ford United.


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