Onehunga Sports triumph
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.