Central Leader : April 13th 2011
27 CENTRAL LEADER, APRIL 13, 2011 SPORT United women draw 2-2 with arch rivals By JEREMY RUANE The Three Kings United women s side fought back from two goals down to draw 2-2 against arch rivals Lynn- Avon United at Ken Maun- der Park on Sunday. Rosie White had a goal disallowed for Three Kings before Lynn-Avon s Amber Hearn hammered home her 95th goal for the red and blues in her 98th game. White then had another goal denied by the offside flag before Three Kings debutant Michelle Windsor cleared off the line from Melissa Ray in the shadows of the halftime whistle. The visitors began the sec- ond half brightly, with another debutant Rebecca Burrows rattling the post 10 minutes after the resump- tion. Ria Percival s hard work on the hour was rewarded by a stunning 30-metre lob from Hearn that ended up being nothing but net. Hearn was denied her hat- trick five minutes later when Tessa Berger headed the striker s header off the line and within 90 seconds Three Kings were on the board. White s 80th goal in senior football was a typically explosive 15m strike which gave the visitors hope that all was not lost. It certainly wasn t, for 16 minutes from time Nadia Pearl soared skywards to meet a Burrows corner and head home her first goal for the club tying the match up 2-2. Three Kings host Fencib- les United at Keith Hay Park from 1pm on Sunday, while Lynn-Avon enjoy the third round bye. Meanwhile, in the men s competition Bay Olympic and Three Kings United both scored contrasting 3-2 victories in their opening Northern Premier League games on Saturday. Bay came from 2-0 down at halftime to overcome Cen- tral United at Olympic Park, two goals from Yoji Tanabe supplementing a Maxsim Manko strike for the victors. Three Kings prevailed over Forrest Hill-Milford at Becroft Park on the back of goals from Salesh Kumar, Luiz Del Monte and Sam Mathews. Onehunga Sports slumped to a 3-0 loss at title-holders East Coast Bays, while the clash between Metro and Waitakere City was a victim of the ground closures which continue to plague the open- ing rounds of the Northern League competition. Next weekend s action kicks off on Friday night with the clash of Central and Onehunga Sports at the Croatian Cultural Club from 7.15pm. Saturday s fare sees Bay Olympic hosting Forrest Hill-Milford at Olympic Park while Three Kings head to Waitakere City s Fred Tay- lor Park. Own goal hands win to Waitakere Devastated: Auckland City players ponder what might have been after suffering a narrow 3-2 defeat in the ASB Premiership football final. Photos: SHANE WENZLICK Climbing high: Auckland's Adam Dickinson climbs all over Waitakere's Jake Butler and Neil Emblen to get to the ball. Loyal fans: Auckland City supporters make their feelings known. Push and shove: Auckland's Stuart Kelly tangles with Waitakere's Tim Payne. By JEREMY RUANE An injury time own goal by Auck- land City fullback James Pritchett handed Waitakere United a 3-2 vic- tory over their arch-rivals in a com- pelling ASB Premiership grand final encounter at Trusts Stadium on Sunday. United got off to a flying start when Dakota Lucas took advantage of a mix-up in City s defence to open the scoring in the 10th minute. City weathered the storm, and created a few of their own before getting back on level terms via an Aaron Scott own goal in the 26th minute. But the scorer turned provider at the right end of the park, as far as Waitakere were concerned, 11 minutes later, Lucas making the most of Scott s pass to score at the second attempt. United s lead lasted until four minutes into the second half, when Manel Exposito punished a Waita- kere defensive mix-up. But after hitting the post just shy of the hour mark, the Spaniard spurned the chance to fire City in front for the first time in the match when hitting the post from the pen- alty spot in the 62nd minute. It was a miss for which City would pay dearly but only after cap- tain Ivan Vicelich had seen his 87th minute header cleared off the line by Rowley. For Pritchett s attempt to clear Allan Pearce s cross, under pressure from Mike Gwyther four minutes later, saw the ball nestling in Auck- land s net, handing Waitakere back- to-back domestic championships. All is not lost for Auckland, how- ever, with the second leg of the OFC Champions League Grand Final taking place at Kiwitea St from 2pm on Sunday. City hold a 2-1 lead over Vanuatu s Amicale FC heading into the match. The winner of the match will qualify for the Fifa Club World Cup finals in December and earn $US 500,000 for winning the O-League.
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