No postponements and no abandonments to report off this week, which makes for a pleasant change. There were nineteen games played, the majority of which were round nine fixtures. 96 goals scored/conceded. Well played everyone!
Only one change in the Premiership following this round of fixtures, with Auckland Volcanoes’ 3-0 win over Auckland Wanderers seeing them swap places in the middle of the pack. Elsewhere the top three beat the bottom three, with leaders Kiwi True Blues taking the three points against 8th placed AUT FC 1 with a 2-1 win and defending Champions Internationale holding on to second place with a 4-1 win over Bohemian Celtic 1. Zamantix Rovers remain third, on the same number of points as Inter, following their 2-1 win over Independiente. Next Sunday sees two 2pm games at Michael’s Avenue, with Volcanoes hosting AUT and KTB hosting Boh’s. Zamantix host Wanderers at Bill McKinley, and Inter host their brothers-in-arms Indy at Seddon Fields.
HNK Auckland’s march towards Premiership football continued in the Championship with a hard fought 2-1 away win over FC Eagles, and their gap at the top of the table was extended to four points following Bohemian Celtic 2’s surprise 3-1 loss to bottom-placed University of Auckland FC. Khukuri’s 2-0 win over United saw them draw level on points with 3rd placed FC Eagles on 10 points, with 2nd placed Boh’s only a point ahead. Khukuri host Boh’s this coming Sunday, whilst FC Eagles travel away to United. HNK host UOAFC in the other game.
Dalian’s 100% win record was ended by the Spermwhales at the weekend, but the 2-2 draw ensures the League One leaders remain the ASFA’s only unbeaten side for at least another week. 2nd placed Nixon Park are six points behind with a game in hand, following their 6-0 win over Zamantix Rovers Return. It remains much tighter at the bottom with 3rd-placed Zamantix Force scoring an equaliser in added time to salvage a point against bottom-placed AUT FC 2. The 1-1 draw ensures that AUT are now only a point behind Double Rum Greenhithe, who lost 3-2 away at Kamarak. The Western Wanderer’s revival continues with their 2-1 win over City Fringe making it 3 wins from 3 games. Surely they can’t make it 4 from 4 next week against Dalian? Nixon travel south to Rongomai Park to play Kamarak, Whilst Zamantix Force host City Fringe in the 4pm game at Billy McK. AUT FC 2 are also back at Billy McK for a second successive week, this time playing ZRR in the midday game. The Spermwhales host DRG in Three Kings in the other fixture.
No real surprises in League 2 this week with leaders Waitakere Rangers comfortably beating Aotea Sport Eastern 8-2 to extend their lead at the top to 8 points. 2nd placed Saigon had the week off, allowing Viet Stars and Albany Green Machine the opportunity to close within 3 points of them, assuming both were able to secure wins away at Auckland Unicorns and All Red repsectively. Viet Stars were made to work hard for their 2-0 win, whilst 4th placed AGM improved their goal difference with a 6-2 win in the other game. The top three all play host to the bottom three next week, with AGM having the BYE.
The biggest win of the week occured in the Master Conference where Serious FC beat Viet NZ 9-0, and there were plenty of goals in the three other fixtures as well. Leaders Waiheke Old Fullas proved too strong for bottom-placed U-Striker, winning 6-2 at home, whilst 2nd placed Zamantix Old Boys ensured the gap at the top remains two points by beating Greenhithe 4-2 (The Old Boys have placed a game less than the Old Fullas). 3rd placed Old Fellas enjoyed a 7-2 win over the Korean Tigers in the other fixture, ensuring that they are also within touching distance of the top. The next round of fixtures sees the leaders having to get on the boat to play Viet NZ at Barry Curtis Park, whilst the Old Boys host U-Striker at Billy McK. The Korean Tigers host Serious and the Old Fellas host Greenhithe.