Ups anddowns of knockout football
There were contrasting fortunes for Auckland’s football teams in two national knockout cup competitions on the weekend.
Central United played their first-ever National Women’s Knockout Cup tie on Sunday, and thrashed local rivals Bay Olympic 9-0 at Olympic Park, with four of the goals coming from Abi Collins.
The second round on June 5 will see Three Kings away to play Claudelands, Ellerslie host Lynn Avon, Metro at home against Hamilton Wanderers and Central travel to play Rotorua Utd.
In stark contrast, OnehungaMangere United crashed out of the men’s Chatham Cup, victims of a shock 3-1 loss at Mangere Domain to non-league Bucklands Beach.
Lynn-Avon also bowed out of the Chatham Cup, thrashed 5-1 by Oratia United, but there was good news for the three other local teams which played second round ties on the weekend.
Two goals from Peter Wild was the individual highlight of Mt Albert-Ponsonby’s 7-0 thrashing of Warkworth at Anderson Park, while Metro FC spread the goals around as they swept aside Ngongotaha 4-1 at Albie Turner Field.
In the second round of the Chatham Cup on June 6, Central host Cambridge at Freyberg Field, Metro FC head to Michaels Ave to play Ellerslie, Three Kings host Onehunga Sports and MAP play Melville Utd away.
In NRFL Premier League action on Saturday, Central United maintained second spot by trouncing Tauranga City United 4-1 at Kiwitea Street, while early pace-setters Bay Olympic continued to drop away, beaten 2-1 at Birkenhead United.
Onehunga Sports and Three Kings United produced a lively encounter at Waikaraka Park, both teams sharing the spoils in a 3-3 draw which featured two goals from United’s Allan Pearce.
On Sunday, Premier Women’s League leaders Three Kings made no race of it against old foe Lynn- Avon at Ken Maunder Park, thrashing their arch-rivals 8-0 in the Old Firm derby.
Tonight Western Springs and Lynn-Avon meet at Seddon Fields in Premier Women’s League action from 7.45pm, while league leaders Three Kings take on Papatoetoe at Keith Hay Park on Sunday from 1pm.
Saturday’s Premier League action features a local derby between Bay and Springs at Olympic Park, while Sports travel to Melville on a day Three Kings entertain Birkenhead.
Onehunga’s Sangster Crawford easily gets past Bucklands Beach’s Harry Jones.