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Lotto NRFL Men’s/Women’s Premier Division Review:

Passion, Emotion, Heartbreak and Tears were all present in last night’s round of fixtures in the Lotto NRFL.

In the NRFL Men’s Premier Division match between Onehunga Sports and Manukau United, both sides needed a win to ensure their title ambitions were still alive going into this weekend’s round of fixtures.

The match kicked off with Onehunga Sports looking like the more lively outfit and it soon showed, when Sean Lovemore got the better of Paul Day and slotted the ball around Jono Mannes to put Onehunga up by 1-0.

Before the break, Manukau United came close to finding the equalizer when Sanni Issa, Agustin Contratti and Andre Estay all missed valuable opportunities, which could’ve leveled the scores.

In the second half, Manukau goal keeper, Jono Mannes was dismissed in the 54th minute after a collision with Onehunga Sports forward, Calvin Opperman, leaving Manukau with only ten players on the field.

It got worse for the Kevin Fallon coached side as Sanni Issa was dismissed later on in the match, which reduced the numbers of Manukau players to nine.

But it wasn’t all bad for Manukau as in the 71st minute, Hone Fowler headed home the equalizer, which came off the post and in to put Manukau level!

It then was all on as both sides began to fight for a winner of the match, but neither team were successful and the match finished in a 1-1 draw.

Hone Fowler Audio Clip:

Onehunga Sports 1 (Sean Lovemore 20′)
Manukau United 1 (Hone Fowler 71′)
HT 1-0

In the Women’s game, Eastern Suburbs needed a win to ensure their title hopes were still alive when they took on Forrest Hill Milford United at Ngahue Reserve last night.

However, a poor start to the match saw them trailing by 2-0 at Half-time, courtesy of goals from Jane Barnett in the 7th minute and debutante Alaina Granger in the 13th minute.

The Lily Whites struggled to get back into the match and in the 59th minute, Jane Barnett put the game to bed, scoring her second from the penalty spot and FHM’s third of the match.

CONGRATULATIONS! | 🎉 With Eastern Suburbs losing to Forrest Hill by 3-0, Glenfield Rovers AFC have been crowned champions of the Lotto NRFL Women's Premier Division!Graphic created by Frankie Jorna

Posted by Lotto NRFL on Wednesday, 15 August 2018

With Suburbs losing the match by 3-0, Glenfield Rovers were crowned champions of the Lotto NRFL Women’s Premier Division.

Eastern Suburbs 0
Forrest Hill Milford United 3 (Jane Barnett 7′ 59′ (PEN), Alaina Granger 13′)
HT 0-2

Lotto NRFL Premier Men’s Division League Table:

Lotto NRFL Premier Women’s League Table:

Lotto NRFL Men’s Division One Preview:

With Melville securing the league title last weekend, they now shift their attention to Tauranga City AFC, who are fighting to keep their place in next year’s Lotto NRFL Men’s Division One, after a mathematical chance that Oratia United can still escape the drop.

Waiheke United have a tough away trip this weekend, as they travel to Anderson Park to take on Mt Albert-Ponsonby. The island based side desperately need a win to ensure their chances of promotion are still alive as they find themselves on the chase being three points behind North Shore United.

Meanwhile, North Shore United are facing a challenge on Saturday when they take on in-form Waitemata FC at Allen Hill Stadium. Coming off the back of a strong 6-0 win over relegation threatened Oratia United last week, its no doubt Waitemata are going to put up a strong fight against NSU, who are in a bid to assure promotion at the end of this season.

Heading out west, Oratia United welcome Forrest Hill Milford United to Parrs Park, which proves to be a very important match up for the West Auckland based outfit. Three points could prove to be very crucial for Oratia, who are searching for any means of survival.

Fencibles United welcome Hibiscus Coast AFC to William Green Domain on Saturday and with both teams battling for pride and dignity after falling down the pecking order and away from promotion, the battle this weekend will surely be played with plenty of hunger and desire.

Lastly, Ellerslie AFC travel to War Memorial Park to take on already relegated Manurewa AFC who are looking to stake a claim on their last remaining matches in the NRFL Men’s Division One.

Lotto NRFL Men’s Division One League Table:

Lotto NRFL Men’s Division One Fixtures:

Manurewa FC v Ellerslie AFC – War Memorial Park
Fencibles United v Hibiscus Coast AFC – William Green Domain
North Shore United v Waitemata FC – Allen Hill Stadium
Oratia United v Forrest Hill Milford United – Parrs Park
Mt Albert-Ponsonby v Waiheke United – Anderson Park
Tauranga City v Melville United – Links Avenue

All matches are scheduled to kick off at 3pm on Saturday