Rich’s round up – Week 9

100 goals scored in seventeen games equals an average of over 5 goals a fixture across our five leagues. Once again, Viti FC helped boost this average (and their jaw-dropping goal difference) by scoring 13 against Auckland Unicorns in League 2. But there were also BIG wins for KTB, HNK and ASE and a eight goal thriller involving ZRR and AUT. read on…

Starting in the Premiership, the League leaders failed to capitalise on Auckland Wanderer’s BYE, suffering only their second loss of the season, 4-1 at home to third place (joint second) Auckland Volcanoes. Boh’s Celtic 2 took all the points against Indy at Seddon Park, 3-2, but the Inter vs Boh’s Celtic 1 finished as a rare ASFA draw (2-2). I say rare, due to the fact that only 4 of the 44 games played in the Premiership this season have seen the two teams taking a point each for their troubles. In the Masters league, only 2 of the 52 games played so far have ended in draws, and 13 teams across all divisions are yet to play in a game where no one wins.

The Championship sides know how to earn a point, with the UoA leading the way on 4 from 9. This week it was an entertaining 3-3 versus Khukuri. Kingsland Athletic have drawn 3 of their 9, holding third placed AUT 2-2 on this occasion. Leaders United FC were able to earn all 3 points against bottom-placed SudAmerica, whilst Kiwi True Blues comfortably beat City Fringe (7-1) to take second spot back off AUT (on goal difference). AUT will get the chance to take it back this weekend when the two sides meet for the first time this season at Taharoto Park.

In League 1, the battle of the top two saw leaders HNK score 6 unanswered goals past second-placed Auckland Wanderers 2. Third-placed Zamantix Rovers Return were unable to close the gap on the two above them however, being held to a 4-4 draw by an AUT FC 2 team who continue to get stronger each week. Dalian’s 5-3 victory over the UoA Reserves means that this weekends game between the two University’s could see AUT move out of the relegation places for the first time this season if they secure their second win of the season. Kamarak’s 1-0 win over Nixon Park gives leaves them in fifth place.

In League 2, as already noted, Leaders Viti scored their 65th goal of the campaign in their 13-1 victory over Auckland Unicorns, whilst Double Rum Greenhithe kept hold of the second promotion spot with a 2-1 away win over Zamantix Force.  U-Striker finish the round in 3rd place, following yet another default from a Massey-Albany team desperate for players. Aotea Sport Eastern returned to action after going AWOL last weekend with an impressive 7-1 win over an All Red team that NEED to start sending their team cards in BEFORE the deadline if they want to avoid further punishment and be invited back next year.

Finally, in our over 35s Masters League, Old Fellas edged out the Old Boys 6-4 to open up a 6 point gap at the top of the league, whilst the Old Fullas got back to winning ways with a narrow 3-2 home victory against Greenhithe City. Serious made sure that the fight for second spot remains anyones guess with a 5-0 win over bottom-placed Pukekohe. Two points separates four teams, two of which square off against each other this Sunday at Wainoni Park at 3pm.

Looking forward, Auckland Wanderers finally return to Premiership action with a tricky away fixture against Boh’s Celtic 1, whilst the top 4 teams are all playing each other in the Championship and first (Viti) plays second (DRG) in League 2. The battle of the Uni reserve teams is the game that I am most interested in however, with a place in the League 1 relegation spots awaiting the losing team (will probably end in a draw!).

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