One­hunga Sports tri­umph

Central Leader - - NEWS - By JEREMY RUANE

One­hunga Sports and Bay Olympic con­tinue to keep the pres­sure on Lotto North­ern Pre­mier League lead­ers Glen­field Rovers af­ter all three teams had wins at the weekend.

Dan Cul­pan’s last-gasp win­ner earned One­hunga Sports a 1-0 win at Cen­tral United on Sun­day (see pho­tos, P25).

Bay Olympic con­tin­ued their re­cent win­ning surge as they edged out bot­tom-placed Ngaru­awahia United 2-1 at Olympic Park to stay a point be­hind Glen­field on the lad­der.

Three Kings United’s ti­tle hopes are in tat­ters af­ter they copped a 4-0 hid­ing from Birken­head United at Keith Hay Park.

At­ten­tion turns to the ASB Chatham Cup again this weekend, with two lo­cal der­bies tak­ing place.

Western Springs and Bay Olympic clash at Seddon Fields from 7.15pm on Fri­day, while Metro and One­hunga Sports meet at Al­bie Turner Field on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Cen­tral United travel over the bridge to take on Birken­head this Sun­day.

Mean­while, in Lotto North­ern Pre­mier Women’s League ac­tion, Western Springs pro­duced a storm­ing come­back to draw 3-3 at home to Pa­p­a­toe­toe, af­ter be­ing 3-1 down with 10 min­utes to go.

Penny Chap­man’s last-gasp equaliser en­sured ‘‘The Hoops’’ shared the spoils, with Tammy Cress­well-Wells netting the other two goals.

It was a bleak weekend for the Lotto North­ern League first and sec­ond di­vi­sion teams, none more so than Metro, who were hum­bled 8-0 at home by Eller­slie on Fri­day night.

Mt Al­bert-Pon­sonby were edged out 1-0 by league lead­ers East­ern Sub­urbs at An­der­son Park on Satur­day af­ter­noon, while Western Springs were sur­pris­ingly held to a 1-1 draw at bot­tom-placed Pa­p­a­toe­toe, where Patrick Bowen was on tar­get for ‘‘The Hoops’’.

One­hunga-Man­gere United were beaten in the sec­ond di­vi­sion as ‘‘The Moun­tain Men’’ went down 5-1 to league lead­ers Tau­ranga City United.

The Foot­ball Ferns take on Brazil at Mt Smart Sta­dium on June 16.

It will be just the 36th time New Zealand’s na­tional women’s team has played on home turf since they first graced the in­ter­na­tional stage in 1975.

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