120 goals scored & conceded across all the divisions last Sunday (an average of 6.6 per game!). Fourteen teams are yet to be beaten, and fourteen teams have already scored more than ten goals this year. Ten teams are still to secure their first win of the year, whilst fifteen defences have already conceded more than ten goals.
Five of the Six games played in the Premiership Challenge resulted in wins for the home team, with the other game being a draw. Auckland Volcanoes find themselves sitting pretty at the top of the league as the only team with maximum points after three games, following their 3-1 home win over Zamantix Rovers. Bohemian Celtic’s sit top of a three way tie for second place after a 3-3 draw with the Auckland Panthers, ahead of Internationale and FC Eagles thanks to their superior goal difference. Inter enjoyed a 4-1 home win over FC Khukuri, whilst the Eagles took all the points in their game against the Spermwhales with a 3-1 win. HNK Auckland were able to back up their Chatham Cup win with a 4-0 win against Independiente, but the University of Auckland FC were unable to follow up their midweek Cup success, losing 6-4 away at Dalian.
Incredibly, in League 1, AUT FC suffered their second consecutive 13-1 defeat, this time at the hands of Zamantix Rovers Return. Zamantix Force sit at the top, having secured their third win of the season with a 4-1 win away at Kamarak. Albany Green Machine sit in second having safely dispatched Double Rum Greenhithe 8-2. The Waitekere Rangers versus Western Wanderers was our second postponement of the year.
We have two teams sitting joint top of League 2, both of whom have the maximum number of points after 3 games. Viet Stars, who beat narrowly beat Ghurka 4-3, sit above CJC Eagles, who beat Sigatoka 5-2. Asian Auckland United sit in third place following their 5-3 win over Viti All Stars. Exit Trials secured their first 3 points of the season in impressive style with a 7-1 win over All Red, who already have a warning next to their name due to their repeated failure to provide a team card (how hard is it… really?).
Food4Less Oratia United have maximum points in the Conference, having beaten Flatbush 3-2. Defending champions, the Old Fellas, are also unbeaten but sit two points behind the league leaders after their 3-1 away win against Serious FC. THe Korean Tigers are a further point behind in third, following their 6-3 win away at Ranui-Swanson. Three teams sit on four points after three games, two of whom – Zamantix Old Boys and U-Striker – played out a 4-4 draw. Waiheke Old Fellas is the other team, having secured their first win of the season, 2-0 at home to Greenhithe City. Hougarden Utd had the week off.
Looking ahead, First plays Second in the Premiership, in League 2 and in the Conference this sunday. Volcanoes will be looking to maintain their perfect start to the season at home to Boh’s, Viet Stars play host to joint leaders CJC Eagles and Food4Less Oratia travel away to the Old Fellas. The Inter versus HNK game should also be a cracking game to watch, as should AUT’s fixture against Double Rum Greenhithe in League 1. DRG have conceded 20 goals in their first 3 losses, scoring 7 times. AUT have managed to score a single goal in every game they’ve played, but already have a goal difference of -33 after three games. I’m not expecting a 0-0 in this one!