Another week, and another 87 goals to add to the goals scored columns on our 5 ASFA leagues, 10 of which came in one match alone (and, for the first time this season, it didn’t involve Viti FC).
In the Premiership, the Volcanoes upset the defending champions The Patriots with a 3-1 away win that saw them jump from last to fourth in the table. Unbeaten Wanderers remain on top with a comprehensive 6-2 home win over Independiente, but (again) only on goal difference from Zamantix Rovers, who continued their fine start to the season with a 4-3 away win over Internationale at Seddon Fields. Sadly, Wanderer’s involvement in the first round of the Chatham Cup next weekend (away at Ranui Swanson) means we’ll all have to wait a little longer before the premiership’s joint leaders face off against each other.
In the Championship, AUT FC’s unbeaten start came to an end at the hands of newly promoted United FC, who now share the top spot with the UoA (the only other unbeaten team in the division). United’s 1-0 dropped AUT down to third place, although the students from the north shore have a game in hand over the teams above them. UoA returned to winning ways with a hard fought 3-2 away victory against bottom placed City Fringe. Khukuri’s 2-0 win against SudAmerica was enough to keep them in 4th place above the ASFA’s other Chatham Cup representatives, Kiwi True Blues, who proved too strong for Kingsland Athletic, winning 4-0.
In League 1, leaders HNK made it five wins out of five, giving new star signing Greg Uhlmann a debut he’s unlikely to forget by thrashing bottom placed AUT FC reserves 9-1 at the Croatian Club. Zamantix Rovers Return stay second, only 2 points behind, following their 4-3 away win against the UoA reserves, whilst Wanderer’s new second team find themselves in third place after their 3-1 win against Kamarak. Dalian recorded their first ever ASFA win in the other game, beating Nixon Park 4-2.
Zamantix Force restricted the free-scoring League two leaders Viti FC to only goal goals in their top of the table clash, but were unable to prevent them taking the three points, losing out 2-1 in the game of the round. Viti remain the only unbeaten side in this division, and not have the top spot all to themselves, following U-striker’s 2-2 draw with Aotea Sport Eastern. Double Rum Greenhithe took the 3 points in the battle of the two NFF teams, beating Massey-Albany 2-1, moving up into third place as a result. Finally, the Unicorns doubled their points tally for the season, beating the winless All Red’s 3-0. It doesn’t get any easier for the All Red boys, as they find themselves travelling to the home of Viti this coming Sunday.
The quality witnessed in the Masters league continues to impress, with the Old Fullas from Waiheke sitting on top of the table following their 8-1 thrashing of the Boys 2 Men from Pukekohe. Defending Champions, Greenhithe City, got back to winning ways with a 2-0 away win over the Zamantix Old Boys, whilst Serious FC recorded back-to-back victories, beating the second placed Old Fellas 3-0. Can they make it 3 in a row when they travel over to Waiheke this Sunday?