Navy Blues rivals off to a flyer

Words: ACFC Media

Monday 29 March 2021

Picture: Phototek

AUCKLAND, New Zealand - The first round of Northern League action got underway last weekend without Auckland City FC's involvement following the postponement of the match with Bay Olympic.

The opening match day belonged to Western Springs who opened with a big 5-1 win over newly formed West Coast Rangers.

Springs' Sam Margetts and substitute Kaea Rangihaeta each scored a brace to go with Dane Schnell's second half strike to cancel out Ben Hutter's consolation goal.

Former ISPS Handa Premiership semi-finalists found life at regional level rough with a 2-1 home defeat to Malcolm McPherson's North Shore United.

Marko Memedovic netted just before halftime to give Shore the lead before an Adam Davidson own goal doubled the visitor's advantage a minute after the restart. Papua New Guinea international Tommy Semmy scored a late goal to set up a frantic finish.

Birkenhead United enjoy a winning start with Connor Probert and skipper Sam Burfoot on the scoresheet with a goal in each half. Rovers substitute Jaydyn Englefield scored late on but it was United who walked away with a 2-1 victory.

In Hamilton, Melville United and Manukau United produced an eight-goal thriller with Sam Wilkinson's team edging the day, 5-3 at a pristine Gower Park. Melville United led through an early Josh Galletly strike only for former Navy Blues striker Maro Bonsu-Maro to equalise for Kevin Fallon's side within a minute. Jama Boss showed his class and quality with a quickfire double on the half hour mark but former All Whites midfielder Moses Dyer responded to make it 3-2 at the break.

Boss, the former Wanderers and Tasman United forward, added another two goals to make it 5-2 before Dyer netted his second and the visitor's third to make it 5-3.

In the live streamed game of the day, Auckland United FC dumped Eastern Suburbs AFC 2-0 at a bumpy Keith Hay Park with Kingsley Sinclair and Monty Patterson's second half goals enough to leave the Lilywhites defeated and give Hiroshi Miyazawa's United a fitting home bow.

RESULTS

NORTHERN LEAGUE

Saturday 27 March, 2021

Bay Olympic v Auckland City FC
Match Postponed until July 7, 2021.

Auckland United FC 2 (Kingsley SINCLAIR 66', Monty PATTERSON 47')
Eastern Suburbs AFC 0
Match Report | Video |HT: 0-0.

West Coast Rangers FC 1 (Ben HUTTER 53')
Western Springs AFC 5 (Sam MARGETTS 11', 28', Dane SCHNELL 60', Kaea RANGIHAETA 64', 82')
Match Report | HT: 0-2.

Hamilton Wanderers 1 (Tommy SEMMY 78')
North Shore United 2 (Marko MEMEDOVIC 39', Adam DAVIDSON OG 46')
Match Report | HT: 0-1.

Northern Rovers FC 1 (Jaydyn ENGLEFIELD 87')
Birkenhead United AFC 2 (Sam BURFOOT 36', Connor PROBERT 61')
Match Report | HT: 0-1.

Melville United 5 (Joshua GALLETLY 4', Jama BOSS 20', 32', 74', 82')
Manukau United 3 (Maro BONSU-MARO 5', Moses DYER 35', 90+1')
Match Report | HT: 3-2.

CENTRAL LEAGUE

Saturday 27 March, 2021
Miramar Rangers 2-1 Waterside Karori
Wainuiomata 1-5 Napier City Rovers
North Wellington 3-3 Wellington Olympic

Sunday 28 March, 2021
Western Suburbs 1-1 Lower Hutt City
Wairarapa United 4-2 Petone

SOUTHERN LEAGUE

MAINLAND PREMIER LEAGUE

Saturday 27 March, 2021

Cashmere Technical 4-1 Halswell United
Selwyn United 1-4 Christchurch United

Sunday 28 March, 2021
Coastal Spirit P-P Nelson Suburbs
Nomads United 0-1 Ferrymead Bays

FOOTBALL SOUTH PREMIER LEAGUE

Saturday 27 March, 2021
Northern 3-3 Green Island
Otago University 3-1 Mosgiel
Queenstown Rovers 2-3 Roslyn Wakari
South City Royals 10-2 Wanaka

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