One last chance for Springs’ survival hopes

A 2-2 draw at a rain soaked Madills Farm has left Western Springs requiring nothing less than a win when they take on Birkenhead United next week.

Malcolm McPherson’s Suburbs side, featuring four debutants, took the lead on the 29-minute mark through Sander Waterland and things stayed that way until the 51st minute when New Zealand U-20 striker Lucas Imrie equalised for Springs.

Springs had a good penalty shout turned down only for Suburbs to go in front with a penalty of their own via Armin Pasagic, however, Springs weren’t done and Suburbs’ Ernest Wong was called into action to superbly deny Imrie a second before Jonno Quinn got on the scoresheet himself with Springs’ second.

The scores stayed locked at 2-2 for the remainder of the game, meaning Hamilton Wanderers remain in the Lotto NRFL premier League, until atleast Wednesday evening, when Birkenhead and Springs face off in the final match of the 2016 Lotto NRFL season.

Neil Emblen’s side can go into Wednesday night’s match against the Chatham Cup winners knowing a win is definitely possible after Division One bound Melville United defeated them 3-1 this afternoon courtesy of a Marc Evans double in the second half.

In the third and final match today a second half strike to Max Manko gave Three Kings a share of the points at Becroft Park.

The final ball of the 2016 Lotto NRFL season will be kicked on 28 September between Birko and Springs at QBE Stadium Turf, 8pm.

Saturday 24 September

Eastern Suburbs 2-2 Western Springs (HT: 1-0)
EAS: Sander Waterland, Armin Pasajic (pen)
WES: Lucas Imrie, Jonno Quinn

Forrest Hill 2-2 Three Kings United (HT: 2-1)
FHM: Alex Howard, Scott Campbell
TKU: Alan Pearce, Max Manko

Melville United 3-1 Birkenhead United (HT: 1-1)
MEL: Marc Evans 2, Jonathan Fletcher
BIR: Dan Morgan