Hard-fought vic­tory is sweet

Central Leader - - SPORT - By JEREMY RUANE

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.

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