Another full round of games were played over the weekend and another 114 more goals scored/conceded across our five divisions.
In the Premiership, the top four teams proved too strong for the bottom four teams, with leaders Kiwi True Blues, second placed Inter and third placed Zamantix Rovers Deuce all scoring four goals on there way to three points against Bohemian Celtics 1, Independiente and Auckland Wanderers respectively. KTB’s 4-0 win over Boh’s ensures they go into next week’s cup matches with a four point cushion over Inter. Inter’s 4-1 win over Indy increased their superior goal difference over Zamantix Rovers to ten. Zamantix beat Wanderers 4-2. Elsewhere, fourth placed Auckland Volcanoes smashed six unanswered goals past bottom placed AUT FC 1. Next week sees three all-premiership cup ties, with Boh’s Celtic fancy Championship leaders HNK Auckland. Volcanoes play Boh Celtic 2 in the Plate.
In the Championship, leaders HNK were made to work hard for their 2-1 win over the University of Auckland, whilst second placed Bohemian Celtics 2 secured the three points against Khukuri in a nine-goal thriller (5-4). the middle of the league is looking a lot tighter than it was seven days ago with United FC ending their 5 game losing streak with a 6-4 win over third placed FC Eagles. Both these teams will be looking to remind the Spermwhales and Western Wanderers of why they’re no longer competing in the Championship when they meet in the Plate next week.
Speaking of the Western Wanderers, last week I asked whether they could make it four wins on the bounce and be the team to end the last remaining unbeaten record, that of League leader’s Dalian? This weekend they answered me, and the answer was a 4-2 home win to the Wanderers. The win sees Wanderers move level on points with the Spermwhales in the middle of the table, whilst Dalian’s lead at the top has been cut back to only 3 points. Second placed Nixon Park have a game in hand and were pushed all the way by Kamarak, but came out victorious 3-2. Third placed Zamantix Force remain five points behind Nixon following their 6-0 win over a City Fringe side that now find themselves in Ninth placed on the ladder. Double Rum Greenhithe secured three valuable points in their bid to move away from the dropzone, beating Spermwhales 2-1, whilst Zamantix Rovers Return proved too strong for bottom placed AUT FC 2, winning 2-0 at Bill McKinley Park. Nixon Park play Dalian next week in the Cup, and DRG play the Force. AUT FC 2 will be looking for a morale boosting win against Aotea Sport Eastern in the Plate, as will City Fringe who face an away tie against the Zamantix Rovers Old Boys.
As with the Premiership, the top three teams in League 2 were all able to overcome the bottom three with leaders Waitakere Rangers beating All Red 5-1, Saigon beating Auckland Unicorns 3-2 and Viet Stars beating Aotea Sport Eastern 8-1. Albany Green Machine had the week off thanks to the bye, but will be back in action this coming week in the Cup against League One’s Zamantix Rovers Return. Rangers are the only other League Two team left in the cup and they host the defending Masters Conference Champions, the Old Fellas. There will be one league fixture this week with Unicorns hosting All Red in a battle of the bottom (the only two teams to still be on minus points).
Finally, in the Masters Conference, Leaders Waiheke Old Fullas gained three more points with a 3-2 win away at Viet NZ, ensuring they remain two points ahead of Zamantix Old Boys, who came out on the right side of an eleven goal battle royale against bottom-placed U-Striker (6-5). Korean Tigers and Serious FC were also involved in a game that contributed 12 goals to the golden boot list, with the Tigers conceding 4 but scoring twice that number (8-4). Finally, the defending Champs were pushed all the way by Greenhithe City, keeping a rare clean sheet and winning 1-0. Greenhithe are back in league action next week against U-Striker, whilst four other over 35s will be looking to overcome teams from the leagues above in the second round of the Cup and Plate.
tune in next week to see how they all go!