Ups and­downs of knock­out foot­ball

Central Leader - - SPORT - JEREMY RUANE

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.

PHOTO: PHOTOTEK

Onehunga’s Sang­ster Craw­ford eas­ily gets past Buck­lands Beach’s Harry Jones.

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