Central Leader : April 29th 2011
12 CENTRAL LEADER, APRIL 29, 2011 SPORT It's a happy Easter for Bay Olympic By JEREMY RUANE Cracking shot: Mt Albert-Ponsonby's Chris Gage has a crack at scoring but is stopped by Fencibles keeper Jay Christiansen in their Northern Region Football League second division match against Fencibles at Anderson Park last Saturday. Yellow card: Fencibles Jamie Higson earns himself a yellow card for this tackle on Mt Albert-Ponsonby's Jared Colligan. Push and shove, above: Mt-Albert-Ponsonby's Mike Loftus is tackled by Fencibles Jamie Higson. Head to head, left: Mt Albert-Ponsonby's Andy Barker beats Fencibles Michael Polopoulos in the air. Not happy, right: Mt Albert-Ponsonby's Mike Loftus is not happy with the decision from referee Bruce Horrox. Photos: SHANE WENZLICK Bay Olympic, Three Kings United and Mt Albert- Ponsonby each enjoyed a happy Easter weekend in the Lotto Northern League, with all three teams winning two matches in their respective competitions. Bay won both their matches at Olympic Park, eclipsing Onehunga Sports 3-0 on Good Friday and Mel- ville United 4-1 on Anzac Day to conclude the weekend on top of the Lotto Northern Premier League. Meanwhile Three Kings are two points behind the table-toppers in second spot after scoring 2-1 wins at Hamilton Wanderers and against reigning champions East Coast Bays. The other local premier league teams enjoyed a mixed bag, with Central United bouncing back from a 6-1 loss at Melville United to maul Metro 4-0 at the Croatian Cultural Club. That was Metro's second defeat of the weekend, after they were beaten 2-0 at home by East Coast Bays on Good Friday. Metro have yet to score a point this season. Meanwhile Onehunga Sports edged out Forrest Hill- Milford United 1-0 on Anzac Day to join Central in mid- table on six points. In the first division both local teams suffered defeats in both their games on the weekend. Lynn-Avon United lost 3-1 at home to Takapuna and 2-0 at Birkenhead United, while Onehunga-Mangere United's campaign is not getting any easier -- a 5-2 hiding at Papatoetoe was followed by a 10-1 mauling on home turf by Albany United. Western Springs also had a weekend to forget, losing both their home games. A 3-0 loss to Hibiscus Coast in the sec- ond division was followed by a 3-1 loss to Kerikeri, ending Springs' Chatham Cup hopes at the first hurdle. Mt Albert Grammar also bowed out of the Chatham Cup on Anzac Day, losing 2-1 at Old Blues, but things are certainly looking rosy for Mt Albert-Ponsonby at the moment as they surged five points clear in the Northern League second division. A 3-0 win over Fencibles United on Good Friday was followed by a 3-2 win at Hibiscus Coast on Anzac Day, those wins over two fellow title contenders maintaining Mt Albert-Ponsonby's perfect five from five start to the season. This weekend's fare kicks off tonight with Metro hosting Bay Olympic in prem- ier league action at Albie Turner Field. On Saturday Three Kings welcome Central to Keith Hay Park while Onehunga Sports head to Melville United. In first division action Lynn-Avon entertain Mata- mata Swifts at Ken Maunder Park while Onehunga Mangere head to Glenfield Rovers, and in the second div- ision Mt Albert-Ponsonby and Western Springs are both at home, with Ngaruawahia United visiting Anderson Park and Tauranga City United heading to Seddon Fields.
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