Firstly, i’ll start with an acknowledgement to all our mothers, especially those who drove us to football as kids and continue to enquire as to whether we won, lost, scored or played well at the weekend. Clearly, going by the number of postponements recorded at the weekend, some of our ASFA players opted to spend this special day with their mothers (or the mother of their children).
Before rounding up the ASFA results for Week 6, in which there was another 67 goals scored across the five division, i’d should also acknowledge the two ASFA team’s whose Chatham Cup involvement came to an end on Saturday. At Parrs Park, a hatrick from Mark Withers helped Oratia United overcome Kiwi True Blues 4-1, whilst goals from James Hill, David Spencer and Taylor Conboy were not enough to help Auckland Wanderers progress into the second round at the expense of Ranui Swanson, who secured a 4-3 win in extra time (it was 2-2 after 90 mins). Better luck next year, and thank you to all who elected to represent the ASFA in this year’s competition!
Whilst their dreams of winning the treble may now be over, the Auckland Wanderers boys can now turn their attention to defending the ASFA Cup (round 1 next week) and securing their first Premiership title. With the Joint league leaders, Zamantix Rovers, given the day off to spend with their mothers, Sunday provided an opportunity for the rest to try and close the gap. The Patriot, last year’s Champions and this year’s Charity Shield winners, appear at risk of following in the footsteps of the 2015 Champions and 2016 Charity Shield Winners, and currently find themselves sitting at the bottom of the league, following their 3-0 loss to Independiente at Seddon Fields. Meanwhile, both of the Bohemian Celtic teams found themselves o the wrong end of a 4-2 scoreline, with 1 losing to third-placed Auckland Volcanoes and 2 losing to Internationale.
In the Championship, United FC continued their impressive start to the season with a 3-2 away win against Khukuri, whilst Kingsland Athletic secured their first win of the season, beating Sudamerica 1-0. KTB’s involvement in the Chatham Cup meant that second placed UoA FC got the weekend to work on their assignments, whilst AUT FC 1 were also given the weekend off, following the postponement of their home game against City Fringe.
In League 1, HNK continued where they left off the previous weekend, scoring 8 goals in the first half of their 10-1 win over Kamarak FC. Auckland Wanderers’ second team are now in second place, following their 2-0 win over the previous unbeaten Zamantix Rovers Return, whilst the UoA’s second team managed a hard fought 1-0 win over Nixon Park. Sadly, it’s now 6 losses from 6 games for the AUT FC 2 team, who’s lack of experience, as opposed to effort, was clearly evident in their 4-1 loss against Dalian FC.
In League 2, league leaders Viti were denied the opportunity to add to their goals scored column following the last minute postponement of their clash against bottom placed All Red FC. All six of the other teams ended the day with an extra point to their name, with Zamantix Force versus U-Striker and Aotea Sport Eastern versus Massey Albany both ending 2-2, whilst Double Rum Greenhithe versus Auckland Unicorns finished 3-3. Two points currently separates the top four teams as we reach approach the half way point in the season.
The leaders of the ASFA Masters league were also given the day off, following the postponement of their game against Serious FC. Old Fellas still find themselves second in a three-way tie at the top of the six-team table, despite their impressive 6-1 win against Greenhithe City. Zamantix Old Boys are the third team on 12 points, following their 4-2 win at the home of Boys 2 Men Pukekohe.
As noted above, this Sunday sees the start of the two ASFA knockout cup competitions, with a number of teams from the Premiership facing teams from the Championship, whilst the ASFA Masters get the opportunity to upset some of the teams from League 1 and League 2. Tune in next Tuesday to read my review of the results.