Springs side kicks up­wards

Central Leader - - SPORT - By JEREMY RUANE

Western Springs closed to within a point of the Lotto North­ern League first di­vi­sion lead by beat­ing ta­ble-top­pers East­ern Sub­urbs 2-0 at the weekend.

Liam Mul­rooney and Roussin Nkoy fired Springs to vic­tory, and a win this weekend will mean they take the top spot.

Metro handed fel­low first di­vi­sion strug­glers Pa­p­a­toe­toe a 3-0 hid­ing at Mur­doch Park, cour­tesy of Anthony Ha­gan’s hat-trick.

Mt Al­bert-Pon­sonby gave up a three-goal lead fin­ish­ing with a 4-4 draw at North Shore United on Sun­day.

Lynn-Avon United scored a vi­tal 2-0 win at home in the sec­ond di­vi­sion against Wark­worth on Satur­day to all but se­cure their place in the North­ern League for the 2015 sea­son.

One­hunga-Man­gere United went down 2-1 at Claude­lands Rovers.

In the pre­mier women’s league, Lyn­nAvon United suf­fered a 2-1 de­feat at Pa­p­a­toe­toe.

Three Kings United scored a 5-1 win at Fen­ci­bles United, with Jessie Mathews, Jas­mine Pereira, Belinda Van No­or­den and twogoal markswoman Mar­tine Puke­tapu on tar­get.

Three Kings routed One­hunga Sports 4-0 at Keith Hay Park in the men’s pre­mier league, cour­tesy of a Dy­lan Man­ickum hat-trick and a Scott Wal­lace strike.

Bay Olympic are back in sec­ond place, two points off the lead af­ter a 2-0 win over Hamil­ton Wan­der­ers.

Cen­tral United, mean­while, scored two 3-1 wins dur­ing the week, with Birken­head United and Waitakere City their un­will­ing vic­tims.

Bay Olympic visit league lead­ers Glen­field Rovers on Satur­day, need­ing to win to keep the ti­tle race alive.

Three Kings, mean­while, can all but con­demn Ngaru­awahia United to rel­e­ga­tion when they travel south.

This weekend at­ten­tion turns the ASB Chatham Cup, with the quar­ter-fi­nals fea­tur­ing cen­tral Auck­land teams, One­hunga Sports and Cen­tral United.

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