Team rattle Arsenal
Onehunga Sports caused one of the shocks of the Nike Premier Cup competition in Manchester holding Arsenal to a 1-1 draw in round-robin action.
They finished in 20th and last place at the world under-15s tournament against the best young players from around the world but ‘‘The Green Machine’’ gave the performance of their fledgling careers against the English side on August 7.
Their opening matches saw them lose 1-0 to Japanese champions Omiya Ardija after a lastminute goal and 6-0 to German giants Borussia Dortmund.
Onehunga’s under-15 squad then found themselves up against Brazilian champions Internacional and English champions Arsenal.
The Brazilians overpowered Onehunga in the second spell to win 4-0, but ‘‘The Green Machine’’ shocked Arsenal to a 1-1 draw.
The English team only levelled the scores in the very last minute of the match from a corner, after Max Mata had given Sports the lead with nine minutes remaining.
Back home in Saturday’s Lotto Northern Premier League action, Onehunga Sports downed Central United 3-1 at Waikaraka Park.
The three goals came courtesy of the goalscoring exploits of Josh Ming, Mike Freeman and Shane Pascoe who was playing against his old club.
Finn Cochran notched Central’s goal in the first half.
Three Kings United came from behind to down title challengers East Coast Bays 2-1 at Keith Hay Park.
Allan Pearce scored Three Kings’ equaliser, while Bays put through their own net to decide the contest.
Three Kings clash with Bay Olympic on Saturday at Olympic Park.
In the Lotto Northern Premier Women’s League, Three Kings’ campaign concluded with a whimper as they were outclassed 4-0 at home by Glenfield Rovers.
Onehunga-Mangere United stunned their hosts Western Springs at Seddon Fields on August 16 when Scott Cameron struck inside the first five minutes of their second division match.
But Western Springs came from behind to down ‘‘ The Mountain Men’’ 3-1 and clinch promotion from the Second Division.
Onehunga-Mangere United will entertain Oratia United at Mangere Domain on Saturday.