Welcome to my quick recap of the results from week 3.
Only 3 fixtures took place in the Premiership over the week, following the Postponement of the AUT FC 1 fixture against Auckland Volcanoes. The battle of the Seddon Fields Siblings, Internationale and Independiente, finished all square at 2-2, leaving both teams still unbeaten and in the same places as where they started the day, 1st and 2nd. Bohemian Celtics and Kiwi True Blue, both of whom will be in Chatham Cup action this week, also shared the points at Bill Mackinley Park with the same score line (2-2). Auckland Wanderers warmed up for their midweek Chatham Cup fixture against Te Awamutu with a 1-4 loss at home against Zamantix Rovers. Volcanoes and Bohs’ round four fixture won’t take place next week, but there will be three fixtures, with AUT FC hoping to catch Wanderers nursing a Chatham Cup hangover, whilst Inter and Indy both have tough away fixtures to navigate against Zamantix and KTB respectively.
Plenty of goals once more in the Championship with two the new entrants taking a battering for the second time in three weeks. HNK Auckland bounced back from their first ever ASFA league loss to score 7 and keep a cleansheet against the Sperm Whales, whilst Khukuri secured their first 3 points of the season with a 9-0 demolition of winless Western Wanderers (who have now conceded 35 goals in their first 3 games). Bohemian Celtics 2 were the only team to hit double digits this week, however, and look like a team determined to regain their place in the Premiership at the first attempt, beating the previously unbeaten United FC 10-2. FC Eagles 1-0 away win against the University of Auckland means that their are now four teams on 6 points at the summit of the league table, with Bohemian Celtics 2 the only unbeaten team in the Division. Looking ahead, Western Wanderers host UoA next weekend, whilst the SpermWhales travel away to their fellow newbies FC Eagles. The other two fixtures have been postponed due to Chatham Cup clashes.
In League 1, has three unbeaten teams sitting at the top, but only the leaders, Dalian FC, have a 100% win record following their 5-3 home win against City Fringe. They have a two point lead over second-placed Nixon Park, who also scored five in their 5-4 home win against Zamantix Rovers Return. Zamantix Force’s 3-1 away win over Double Rum Greenhithe ensures they go into week 4 unbeaten in third place on goal difference, whilst AUT FC 2 first win of the season, 4-3 away to Kamarak, sees them move up into sixth place, and their opponents replace them at the foot of the table. Top plays host to bottom next week, whilst Nixon travel to Takapuna to take on AUT 2.
In League 2, Albany Green Machine (AGM) enjoyed the weekend off, whilst their fellow new entrants – Saigon FC, Waitekere Rangers and Viet NZ – all had away fixtures against teams who played last year – Auckland Unicorns, All Red and Aotea Sport Eastern. In all three fixtures the points were awarded to the away teams, who now sit in the top three positions on the table. Waitekere Rangers are top on 9 points, following their 4-0 away win against All Red. Viet Stars are second on 6 points, following their 4-2 away win against Aotea Sport Eastern. Saigon are third on 4 points, following their 6-1 away win against bottom-placed Auckland Unicorns (who will no doubt be looking forward to next weekend’s bye). AGM return to action next week against leaders Waitekere Rangers, whilst Viet Stars will be looking to maintain their 100% record against All Red.
In the Masters Conference, U-Striker are the only remaining unbeaten side, with six points from their opening two games, following a 3-0 win against Zamantix Rovers Old Boys that moves them up into second in the table (equal of points) with leaders Old Fellas. The defending over 35s champions suffered their first defeat of the season away at Greenhithe City (2-1). The Korean Tigers sit in third place on goal difference, thanks to their 7-0 away win against Serious FC. Viet NZ earned their first ASFA point with a 1-1 draw against Waiheke Old Fullas. Old Fellas travel to Billy Mack Park to play the Old Boys next week, whilst U-Striker will be looking to make it 3 wins from 3 when they host Viet NZ at Pollard Park.
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