I’d like to start off by thanking the people who managed to ensure that there were no postponements yesterday, despite the large amount of rain that has fallen over the past 7 days. The end result of your hard work was 132 goals scored/conceded across 19 fixtures, including two 14-0 scorelines and a 5-6 thriller at Royal Reserve.
In the premiership, Internationale sit on top of the pile having improved upon last weeks 5-1 victory over AUT with a 6-0 win at home to Bohemian Celtic. Their sister club, Independiente, sit second after their second win of the season; a hard fought 4-3 away win over Zamantix Rovers. Third placed Auckland Volcanoes are also unbeaten, but a couple of points behind the joint leaders, having followed up last week’s 2-2 draw with a 3-1 home win over Auckland Wanderers. Kiwi True Blues secured their first 3 points of the season with a 5-0 win against AUT FC, who find themselves sitting at the bottom having conceded 10 goals in two games. Looking forward, the pick of next sunday’s fixtures has got to be the top of the table clash between Inter and Indy (a repeat of last year’s cup final).
In the championship, United FC sit unbeaten on top, having participated in arguably the game of the day against Western Wanderers, a 6-5 away win against a team who opened their ASFA account last week with that 20-0 drubbing by HNK Auckland. If United’ 6-5 win was the game of the day, then the performance (if not the surprise) of the day must be given to the lads from Bohemian Celtics 2, who found themselves coming off the back of last year’s relegation (and last week’s postponement) to face the HNK Auckland firing squad for the first time. By preventing HNK for scoring, however, the Bohs boys did what no other ASFA team had so far managed. More over, by beating the HNK keeper twice, they also inflicted the first ASFA league defeat on a team that many, myself included, expect to see playing Premiership football in 2019. It’s a result that i’m sure will have caught the attention of every other team in the Championship, especially the team they face next sunday (United FC). The University of Auckland FC (UOAFC) ensured that the Spermwhales are also unlikely to forget their first ASFA game, by beating their keeper 14 times and keeping a clean sheet. The result means that the students find themselves in a tie for second place, sitting between HNK and Bohemian Celtics on goal difference only. Finally, FC Eagles secured their first 3 points of the season in another high-scoring fixture against Khukuri, a 9-4 win. Looking forward, the Spermwhales’ have 7 days to regroup/recover before they head to the Croation Club to face HNK Auckland. Will they suffer the same fate as the Western Wanderers or rise to the challenge like the Bohemian Celtics?
In League 1, it looks like its going to be yet another long and hard season for the AUT FC 2 team, who – for the second week running – were comfortably beaten by a team that had more numbers and a lot more experience on the field. Dalian’s 11-1 win was well deserved, and could have been a lot more if it wasn’t for the woodwork and some brave goalkeeping. Nixon Park find themselves up in second place on goal difference, following their 2-2 draw against Zamantix Force, who are fourth despite being unbeaten. between these two sides is City Fringe, who followed up last week’s win with a 3-3 draw against Double Rum Greenhithe. Zamantix Rovers Return secured their first 3 points of the season with a narrow 1-0 home win against Kamarak (who will no doubt be looking forward to playing at home against AUT FC 2 next week).
In League 2, there was a second consecutive win for Waitakere Rangers, who beat Aotea Sport Eastern 4-0 and have a two point advantage over the Albany Green Machine, who followed up their first ASFA point last week with their first victory against All Red (4-1). Viet Stars opened their ASFA account a week later than the other new teams with a 14-0 victory of Auckland Unicorns. Saigon FC had the bye this week.
Finally, in the Masters Conference, Old Fellas are sitting on top with 2 wins from their opening 2 games, following their 5-3 away win over the Korean Tigers. Zamantix Rovers Old Boys sit second, following their 3-2 win over Greenhithe City, whilst U-Strikers’ decision to transfer from League 2 appears to have been a smart move, following their opening 4-1 win over the Waiheke Old Fullas. Viet NZ find themselves at the bottom, following their second consecutive loss, this time to the men from Serious FC (2-4). Next week they have the boat trip to Waiheke to look forward to, whilst U-Striker welcome Zamantix Old Boys to Pollard Park.
see you next week…