I trust that everyone reading this week’s review has now seen or at least heard about the goals scored in this year’s Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Liverpool. I’m sure that all the goalkeepers could sympathise with what happened in Kiev, whilst all the strikers arrived at their games hoping to encounter the perfect opportunity to try and replicate Bale’s impressive left-footed overhead scissor kick.
In the ASFA Premiership, the postponement of the highly anticipated Internationale vs Auckland Wanderers match provided the Kiwi True Blues with the opportunity to knock the defending champions off the summit, and boy did they take it, beating sixth-placed Auckland Volcanoes 7-0 at Michael’s Ave. Zamantix Rovers’ impressive 5-0 away win over seventh-placed Bohemian Celtics 1 saw them move level on points with Inter and Wanderers, whilst i’m pleased to report that AUT FC 1 secured their first three-points of the season, and their second consecutive cleansheat, with a 2-0 home win over fifth-placed Independiente. 10 points now seperate top from bottom, with the teams in second, third and fourth on 10 points and the two teams sitting directly below them on 7 points. Second-placed Inter will no doubt be keen to change this next weekend when they face fourth-placed Auckland Wanderers, whilst the new league leaders KTB are also in action, away against third-placed Zamantix Rovers. AUT FC 1 are also in action again next week, knowing that a win against Volcanoes would see them move off the bottom of the league for the first time this season and leave them only a point behind their opponents.
In the ASFA Championship, HNK handed league leaders Bohemian Celtics 2 their first league defeat of the season, backing up last week’s 2-1 cup win with an even stronger performance at Bill McKinley Park and taking the points with a 4-0 victory that sees them move into third place (5 points behind Boh’s with 3 games in hand). Second placed FC Eagles were unable to capitalise on HNK’s win, however, losing 1-0 away at Khukuri, whilst bottom-placed University of Auckland FC are no longer on minus 3 points having defeated United 6-1 in the midday kick off fixture a Rathlin Street. All teams will be back in action next weekend with FC Eagles hosting UoA, United hosting Boh’s and HNK hosting Khukuri.
36 goals were scored across the five League 1 fixtures played this week, with three teams being hit for six and the lowest scoring game being Dalian’s second 4-1 away win over Kamarak in the space of seven days. Nixon Park’s 6-1 win over City Fringe ensures that they remain only two points behind Dalian, who are now the only team with a 100% record this season (in league and cup). Zamantix Force’s 6-4 win over botton-placed Western Wanderers ensure they go into the Queens Birthday Weekend in third place, six points behind Nixon and a point above the Spermwhales and Zamantix Rovers Return, both of whom also secured wins. The Spermwhales beat AUT FC 2 6-1 at Three Kings Reserve, whilst ZRR came out on top of a seven goal thriller away against Double Rum Greenhithe (3-4). Only two League 1 fixtures week with Nixon Park and the two Zamantix teams playing ASFA cup fixtures and City Fringe playing in the ASFA Plate. Dalian will be looking to open their gap at the top to five points at home to AUT FC 2, whilst the unbeaten Spermwhales host the Western Wanderers.
Only a couple of games to report on in League 2, with the league leaders enjoying the week off and All Red kindly agreeing to Auckland Unicorn’s late request for a postponement. Second placed Saigon shared the points with third placed Viet Star in a rare 0-0 draw, whilst Albany Green Machine secured a 3-0 win over Aotea Sport Eastern. Anyone confused by how Viet Star can be sitting in third place on seven points, despite having chalked up 4 victories need to look at the column that marks how many points they have been docked due to administration errors. There are no league 2 fixtures currently scheduled for next week with five of the teams scheduled to be playing in the ASFA Cup or Plate.
Two points seperate the top four teams in the Over 35s Masters Conference, with Waiheke Old Fullas sitting on top following their 2-1 home win over defending champions and previous league leaders the Old Fellas. Korean Tigers are third on goal difference alone, following their 1-1 draw against Greenhithe City, Whilst Zamantix Rovers Old Boys drop two places to fourth, following their 2-1 defeat away to Viet NZ. The other fixture, Serious vs U-Striker was yet another postponement. No league games in the Conference next week, but Old Fullas, Korean Tigers and Greenhithe City will all be in action against teams from League 1 and 2 in the Cup or Plate.