Rich’s Round Up – Week 17

Once again, congratulations to Internationale and Viti FC on securing the Premiership and League 2 titles at the weekend. Will we see both these teams secure league-cup doubles on Sunday September 17th (Finals Day!)?

Commiserations to both Bohemian Celtic 2 and Nixon Park, who both had their relegations confirmed with a 3-2 loss and a 2-2 draw against teams they needed to beat. Both teams will fancy themselves to bounce back at the first attempt, assuming they can keep their current squad together for the 2018 campaign.

Boh Celtic 2’s relegation from the ASFA Premiership was confirmed following their 3-2 loss against second placed Auckland Volcanoes and Auckland Wanderers dramatic 4-4 draw against newly crowned champions Internationale. The other premiership catch up fixture, between Bohemian Celtic 1 and Independiente finished goal-less (possibly the first 0-0 draw of the premiership season?).

The championship title race has taken yet another late twist, With AUT FC now sitting on top of the league with a 3 point advantage over the team they face this Sunday (Kiwi True Blues). The Takapuna-based students demolished the long-time league leaders United FC 8-1 to leave them 5 points adrift in third place with 2 games remaining. Khukuri, United’s opponents this coming weekend, played out a 2-2 draw with City Fringe in the other catch up fixture played.

In League 1, the Uni of Auckland reserves finished off a season to forget with their 4th victory of the season, an impressive 3-2 victory against third-placed Zamantix Rovers Return. Surely the students will be kicking themselves for losing 9 points through their failure to submit team cards (they could easily have finished 6th and being playing in League 1 again next year). AUT FC’s reserves ended their season with a hard earned 2-2 draw against Nixon park, sending Nixon down to League 2 as a consequence.

U-Strikers League 2 fixture against Zamantix Force was postponed (again), meaning Viti’s 12-1 win over All Red was the only catch up game played in this division this week. As already reported, the win ended Double Rum Greenhithe’s remote chances of claiming the title.

The island of Waiheke hosts a potential title-deciding ASFA fixture this weekend with the Old Fullas looking close the gap on long-time league leaders Old Fellas at the Onetangi Sport Complex. A win for the home team would close the gap at the top to four points, with two games to follow, a loss would hand the title to Old Fellas. Waiheke prepared for this with a 3-0 win over Serious FC. Arguably the result of day however occurred down in the small township of Pukekohe, where the home team were able to secure their first (only) win of the season (in their final game of the season). Congratulations to Boys 2 Men for beating Greenhithe City 2-1 in front of their loyal home supporters, ensuring that they finished where everyone started back in April (on Zero points).

Looking ahead, we have 7 more catch up games this weekend, including another Friday night fixture. Can AUT FC secure a return to the premiership at the first attempt? Will Old Fellas return from Waiheke with the title safely secured?  Watch this space!


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