Team rat­tle Arse­nal

Central Leader - - SPORT - By JEREMY RUANE

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.

Photo: PAUL SEISER/ PHOTOSPORT

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