Wet wasn’t it?! Amazingly, there were 10 games that managed to beat the weather gods and get to the end.
All four Premiership games were either postponded or abandoned due to the conditions, despite three of them being played on Artificial Turf. This coming weekend sees first host third, second hosts fourth, where as fifth travels to seventh and sixth travels to eigths. A win for Volcanoes could them them move from fourth to second, whilst a win for AUT FC could see them move out of the bottom two for the first time this season.
Within the Championship, HNK Auckland celebrated Croatia’s run to the World Cup Final by beating Khukuri 5-2 and opening up a nine point lead at the top. FC Eagles’s 5-3 win over the University of Auckland sees them move into second place, ahead of Bohemian Celtic’s who had their fixture with United FC postponed. Second plays third next week in a game that could go a long way to deciding who follows HNK into the Premiership next year. HNK travel to United FC, whilst Khukuri host UoAFC.
All but one fixture was completed in League One with leaders Dalian enjoying a 2-0 win over Kamarak that also gives them a nine point lead at the top. Zamantix Force’s 2-2 draw with Western Wanderers meant that they were unable to close the gap on second placed Nixon Park, who had their fixture against City Fringe postponed. Zamantix Rovers Return faired a lot better, beating Double Rum Greenhithe 4-2 in the early kick off at Bill McKinley. AUT FC 2 had an afternoon to forget and were probably left wishing that their game had also been called off, losing 10-0 to a Spermwhales team that haven’t given up hope of catching Nixon park and securing that second placed promotion spot. There’s still a lot of football to be played in this division, with fixtures scheduled to go on into September. The Whales face Dalian this weekend, whilst Nixon travel to DRG. AUT FC 2 host Zamantix Force, City Fringe host Wanderers and Kamarak host the Rovers Return.
In League 2, the only fixture to go ahead saw the Albany Green Machine comfortable beat Auckland Unicorns 6-1 on the North Shore. The win ensures that fouth placed AGM go into this sunday’s game against third placed Viet Stars with the opportunity to take second spot from Saigon, who travel west to play the leaders Waitakere Rangers. The Unicorns have the opportunity to get out of negative points when they host Aotea Sport Eastern, whilst All Red have the bye.
Waiheke United Old Fullas sit at the summit of the Masters Conference, a point ahead of last year’s champions the Old Fellas. Both teams recorded victories at the weekend with the Old Fullas overcoming Greenhithe City 2-1 and the Old Fellas beating U-Striker 7-2. Korean Tigers got a 3-0 win against Viet NZ, whilst the Zamantix Rovers Old Boys fixture against Serious was postponed for reasons that are still being investigated. Waiheke host the Old Boys this coming Sunday, whilst the Old Fellas travel to play Serious at Coxes Bay. the Tiger’s host U-Striker and Greenhithe host Viet NZ in the other two fixtures.
Tune in next week to find out how they all go!