Hard-fought victory is sweet
Central United staged one of the great all-time comebacks on Sunday beating Birkenhead 4-3 and knocking them out of the ASB Chatham Cup.
A 10-man Central United came storming back from 3-0 down with less than 30 minutes to go.
Central drew level six minutes from time as Emiliano Tade completed the rare feat of a hat-trick of penalties, his 12-yard treble coming in the space of just 19 minutes.
Deep in stoppage time, Nic Zambrano supplied the winner for Central completing a sensational fightback by the visitors.
In the two Central Auckland derbies, Onehunga Sports prevailed 2-0 at Metro, with Josh Ming and Keenan Hoedemaker on target either side of the half-time whistle at Albie Turner Field.
On Friday night, Bay Olympic had two goals disallowed as they edged Western Springs 2-1 at Seddon Fields.
In Sunday’s Lotto Northern Premier Women’s League derby, Western Springs mounted a stirring fight-back at Keith Hay Park but fell just short as Three Kings United prevailed 4-3 in another thriller.
All appeared on course for a routine Three Kings win when Tessa Berger netted in the third minute.
Sam Muirhead doubled their lead before the half-way point in the half, but ‘‘ The Hoops’’ halved it before half-time in spectacular fashion, Penny Chapman’s effort earning ‘Goal of the Season’ wraps from the respective coaches.
Rebecca Burrows and Jasmine Pereira’s goals early in the second spell looked to have United on easy street, but a brace of Lily- Rose Dyer goals brought Springs right back into the contest.
They went all out for the equaliser, but time ran out on them, a very relieved Three Kings side holding on for a hard-fought 4-3 win.
In this Saturday’s Lotto Northern Premier League action, Three Kings and Bay Olympic meet at Keith Hay Park, while Central and Onehunga Sport are at home to Ngaruawahia United and Hamilton Wanderers respectively.
Metro will kick off the First Division action on Friday night, welcoming Mangere United to Albie Turner Field.
On Saturday, The Hoops head to Melville United, while Mt Albert-Ponsonby travel to Papatoetoe, and in the Second Division Onehunga-Mangere United make the trip across both harbour bridges as they head to Forrest Hill-Milford United.