PL: Discipline got us through – Miya

Hamilton Wanderers continued their perfect start to the season with a third consecutive win that leaves the Waikato side top of the Lotto NRFL Premier Division.

David Smith’s 28th goal gave Wanderers a 1-0 win over East Coast Bays to leave Vladi Frank’s team top of the pile. The astonishing turn around in fortunes continues contrasts sharply with last season’s campaign that almost saw Wanderers relegated.

Defeat saw East Coast Bays slip to third as Glenfield Rovers leapfrogged their North Shore rivals into second after a dramatic come-from-behind 3-2 win over champions Central United.

Central started the game positively when former Southern United player Seamus Ryder opened the scoring on 12 minutes only for Kris Carpenter to level on the half hour mark. Scott Hilliar restored Central’s lead but his former WaiBOP United team-mate Eder Franchini tied the game up with ten minutes left.

That set the stage for a rollercoaster finish when Carpenter scored the winner deep into additional time. Central United are yet to pick up a win in defence of the title with only winless Manurewa AFC beneath them.

Onehunga Sports victory over Bay Olympic was achieved with a degree of comfort after Tyrell Barringer-Tahiri was sent off for the hosts on 38 minutes.

Andrew Milne scored from the penalty mark to open Onehunga’s account and Zane Sole doubled the lead just before the break. Tom Boss’ first goal of the campaign wrapped up the points for coach Hiroshi Miyazawa.

“Up until the penalty it was a very tight game but I said to the players before the game that it would be key to be patient and disciplined both tactically and mentally.

“We utilised Sean Lovemore’s pace very well and it was part of our game plan to create that situation. After we scored the penalty through Andrew Milne we got a second just before the break which was a good situation for us to be in.

“At halftime I wasn’t too pleased with the atmosphere in our dressing room because when you are 2-0 up against 10 men then sometimes it can feel too comfortable.

“But Bay Olympic played very well in the second half and for 10-15 minutes it was very frustrating for us but we managed to get the third goal,” Miyazawa told

“The standard in the Lotto NRFL Premier Division has improved over the past few years and there are better players with Stirling Sports Premiership experience involved.

“There are maybe 5-6 teams in this league that are of a National League standard and it can be very tough.

“The league is powerful, physical and played at a great intensity and our first two results reflected that because we use a mixture of senior players and others we bring through via our academy.

“Sean Lovemore was a stand out for us today – he has pace that the opposition struggled to deal with but the whole team played its part because we utilised Sean’s abilities well,” Miyazawa added.

Elsewhere, Eastern Suburbs AFC got their first win of the season with a 4-0 thrashing of Manurewa AFC. Scott Jacques, Harry Redwood with a brace and Frank Clarke goal ensuring a smile for coach Hoani Edwards.

There was also joy for Edward’s former Waitakere United team-mate Jake Butler as he saw his Waitakere City side beat Three Kings United. Rory Turner bagged a first half brace for City but another Waitakere United old stager – Allan Pearce – halved the deficit just before halftime but Waitakere City held on for a valuable 2-1 away win.

In the North Shore derby, Birkenhead United defeated Forrest Hill Milford 3-2 with goals for Yuki Ohtsuki, Ethan Galbraith and Godwin Darkwa getting Paul Hobson’s side home. Ryan Morrow and David Brown were on the scoresheet for Forrest Hill Milford.


Match Results

Lotto NRFL Men’s Premier Division

Saturday 8 April, 2017

East Coast Bays 0
Hamilton Wanderers 1 (David Smith 28′)
HT: 0-1

Central United 2 (Seamus Ryder 12′, Scott Hilliar 40′)
Glenfield Rovers 3 (Kris Carpenter 30′, 90+2′, Eder Franchini 79′)
HT: 2-1

Three Kings United 1 (Allan Pearce 37′)
Waitakere City 2 (Rory Turner 3′, 33′)
HT: 1-2

Eastern Suburbs AFC 4 (Scott Jacques 32′, Harry Redwood 17′, 80′, Frank Clarke 89′)
Manurewa AFC 0

Bay Olympic 0
Onehunga Sports 3 (Andrew Milne 38′, Zane Sole 43′, Tom Boss 74′)
HT: 0-2
Tyrell Barringer-Tahiri (BAY) sent off 36 minutes

Birkenhead United 3 (Yuki Ohtsuka 26′, Ethan Galbraith 47′, Godwin Darkwa 55′)
Forrest Hill Milford 2 (Ryan Morrow 38′, David Brown 82′)
HT: 1-1