D1: Langworthy hits North Shore treble

North Shore United lead the way in Lotto NRFL Second Division after they trounced Metro FC 7-0 in their season opener and there were other big wins for Melville United and Franklin United to ponder too.

Ross Langworthy was the hat-trick hero for North Shore as United smashed seven unanswered goals past a Metro FC side that had an afternoon they’d prefer to forget.

North Shore United coach Tom Speers was ecstatic with his team’s first up victory but was at pains to emphasise how wide open the competition is likely to be this season.

“I’ve been in New Zealand for only three years but the Lotto NRFL Second Division looks like the most competitive I’ve seen it.

“Its going to be very difficult for any team to get out of this division. There are five or six teams that could do very well when you look at the likes of Melville United, Western Springs, Franklin United and Manukau City,” he said.

Extra pleasing for Speers was how prolific his strike force were in front of goal.

“Three of our front four scored goals today in what was a very good performance from us not only up top but because we also kept a clean sheet.

“Having a player like Ross score three was priceless today but there were also good performances from Ashley and Herve came off the bench and scored too.

“But we’ve got good quality in other areas of our team as well particularly with what we have in midfield. I’m happy with today but we also need to make sure we don’t get carried away off the back of one result,” Speers told

Franklin United battered Oratia United 5-1 in their opener with braces for Marc Lindsay and Chris Abbott after Noa Tuinainikai opened the scoring. Phillipe Poletaev scored a late consolation for Oratia.

Ellerslie AFC defeated Tauranga City United 3-1 while Melville United thrashed Waitemata FC 5-0 in Hamilton with a hat-trick for Stirling Sports Premiership striker Marc Evans leading the way. Stafford Dowling and an own goal completed the rout for the Michael Mayne, Sam Wilkinson-led Melville.

Mount Albert Ponsonby and Hibiscus Coast AFC played out a goalless draw in their match at Anderson Park while in the division’s late kick-off, Western Springs accounted for Manukau City FC 4-0.


Lotto NRFL First Division


Saturday 25 March 2017

Oratia United 1 (Phillipe Poletaev 86′)
Franklin United 5 (Noa Tuinainikai 19′, Marc Lindsay 40′, 79′, Chris Abbott 58′-pen, 61′)
Halftime: 0-2

Ellerslie AFC 3 (Sangster Crawford 90+5′, Andrew Wallace 41′, Art Twigg 22′)
Tauranga City United 1 (Not Available)
Halftime: 2-0

Melville United 5 (Marc Evans 37′, 82′, 86′, Stafford Dowling 87′, Own Goal 62′)
Waitemata FC 0
Halftime: 0-0

North Shore United 7 (Ross Langworthy 7′, 20′, 56′, Ashley Ngadela 71′, 90′, Herve Kadiya 76′, Own Goal)
Metro FC 0
Halftime: 2-0

Mount Albert Ponsonby 0
Hibiscus Coast 0
Halftime: 0-0

Western Springs AFC 4 (George Debenham 4′, Adam Dickinson 26′, Matt Conroy 24′, 47′, )
Manukau City AFC 0
Halftime: 3-0.