Away in a blaze of glory

Central Leader - - SPORT - By JEREMY RUANE

One­hunga Sports’ hopes of win­ning a maiden football ASB Chatham Cup came to a crash­ing halt at Fred Tay­lor Park on Sun­day as they ca­pit­u­lated 7-0 at the hands of Waitakere City in their quar­ter-fi­nal en­counter.

The exit of the ‘‘ The Green Ma­chine’’ means this is the first year since 1995 in which cen­tral Auck­land football teams have failed to reach the semi-fi­nal stage of ei­ther the ASB Chatham Cup or the ASB National Women’s Knock­out Cup.

It was bet­ter news in Lotto North­ern Pre­mier Women’s League ac­tion, where Three Kings United handed Fen­ci­bles United a 7-2 hid­ing at Keith Hay Park.

Clau­dia Cras­born and two-goal markswoman Jessie Mathews found the net for Three Kings.

But the star of the show was Tessa Berger, who marked her fi­nal game for the club with a four-goal bar­rage, three of which came in the last five min­utes and in­cluded a trade­mark bul­let header.

Berger heads to the United States this week to take up a schol­ar­ship at Florida Gulf State Univer­sity.

Cen­tral United re­turned to their win­ning ways in the Lotto North­ern Pre­mier League, Daniel Ko­priv­cic’s goal earn­ing them a 1-0 win over Eller­slie at Ki­witea St.

Three Kings United’s 3-1 win at Hamil­ton Wan­der­ers has greatly eased their rel­e­ga­tion con­cerns.

The league’s co-lead­ing goal-scor­ers, Mikhail Bre­de­veldt and Blair Konik, were on tar­get again while Scott Camp­bell also chimed in.

It’s cen­tral Auck­land derby day in the Pre­mier League on Satur­day, with Three Kings and Cen­tral United clash­ing at Keith Hay Park, while One­hunga Sports and Bay Olympic meet at Waikaraka Park.

At the other end of the ta­ble, One­hunga-Man­gere United over­came Wark­worth 4-2 at Shoe­smith Re­serve, led by a brace of Hay­den Cleere goals.

Char­lie Re­wha also struck for One­hunga-Man­gere, with the op­po­si­tion con­tribut­ing an own goal to the six­th­placed team’s vic­tory.

‘‘The Moun­tain Men’’ are at home on Satur­day where they will take on last-placed Manukau City at Man­gere Do­main.

Photo: SI­MON WATTS

States-bound: Three Kings United’s Tessa Berger (left) marked her last match for the club with a four-goal bar­rage.

Photo: SHANE WENZLICK

Hopes dashed: One­hunga Sports crashed out of the ASB Chatham Cup with a 7-0 loss to Waitakere City.

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