NRFL

Central prepare for dynamic battle

Central United coach Aaron McFarland has his eyes set on winning the league this season but will need to overcome a dynamic Manukau United side in the next round of the Lotto NRFL Men’s Premier League.

Coming off the back of a good two-match run, Central are eyeing their third win in three games against Kevin Fallon’s Manukau United this Sunday at Walter Massey Park.

Last week, the McFarland-coached side thrashed Bay Olympic, with the result becoming their second 4-0 win in the space of two weeks.

However, McFarland admits the score line didn’t reflect the match and says it was even right up until the first goal.

“It was an even game, I think the 4-0 score line didn’t reflect the ability of Bay Olympic or their start to the year and they actually put us under a lot of pressure in the first 30 minutes.”

“We were able to score from our first proper chance and that changed the dynamic of the match and if you were being fair, we just managed to finish our chances and started to get more ascendency in the game.”

Manukau United on the other hand, will arrive with high spirits and are hoping to keep their unbeaten run going after two impressive 1-1 draws against Waitakere City and Western Springs and a remarkable 3-1 win over reigning champions, Onehunga Sports two weeks ago.

With Manukau the newcomers to the league this season, McFarland and his side will show no sign of disrespect and understands the challenges and talent the side from South Auckland will bring to the party.

“Onehunga are clear favourites from last year to win the league and they’ve been topped over by Manukau, who are the new boys on the block, so that sets a tone for the whole league.”

“I respect Kevin [Fallon] for his coaching ability and I know a number of the players, I’ve seen them play in the past and I am expecting a real dynamic game.”

“Sanni Issa up front is definitely one to be aware of, he’s a very good finisher, he’s very quick, he’s a dynamic player, he’s certainly one to watch and if you link him up with Moses Dyer who’s playing in a creative midfield role, we need to make sure we nullify that threat.”

Central will take on Manukau United at Centre Park in Mangere on Sunday at 3pm.