PL: Bay Olympic, East Coast Bays lead the way

The Lotto NRFL Premier Division is off to a tight start with Bay Olympic and East Coast Bays leading the way with handy wins while old rivals Central United and Waitakere City produce a 1-1 draw at Fred Taylor Park.

Forrest Hill Milford and Glenfield Rovers were fish out of water as they took their North Shore rivalry to Ngahue Reserve where they shared a goal each in a 1-1 draw. Mark Jones scored just before the break to give the Danny Donegan-coached outfit the lead but David Brown’s late equaliser ensured Forrest Hill Milford a share of the spoils.

It was a similar story at Whenuapai where newly promoted Waitakere City held Central United to a 1-1 draw. Two goals in three minutes, one either side of the halftime interval, shaped this one with Regont Murati levelling for Aaron McFarland’s team to cancel out Jackson Gibbon’s 44th minute goal for City.

Central United coach McFarland was satisfied with the result and aspects of how his team fared.

“I’m pleased with the performance. We dominated possession without being able to breakdown a very strong defensive unit.

“We had some pleasing individual performances as well with Charl Compaan having to do a job for us at centre back following an injury we picked up during the week and Sione Fa’apoi also did very well,” he said.

East Coast Bay former All Whites midfielder now coach David Mulligan will be very happy with the start his team made by beating Eastern Suburbs AFC 3-0 at Madill’s Farm. Judd Baker scored twice and Liam Anderson once to hand East Coast Bays three handy away points.

Three Kings United lost 2-1 at home to Onehunga Sports with Izak Papa and Sean Lovemore goals cancelling out an Allan Pearce strike on the hour mark.

The major upset of the day saw Hamilton Wanderers overcome Birkenhead United 1-0 at Shepherd’s Park in Beach Haven. David Smith was the hero for Hamilton Wanderers scoring the winner just after the hour mark.

It was a big struggle for newly promoted Manurewa AFC who lost 4-2 to Bay Olympic. With the scores level 1-1 at the interval with Soheb Sheik scoring for the home team and Sander Waterland the away, Bay Olympic stepped up the pressure in the second half with further goals for James Pritchett, Al Taaf Sahib and Nick Hindson. Luke Bulay scored for Manurewa AFC on the hour mark.


Lotto NRFL Premier Division


Saturday 25 March 2017

Forrest Hill Milford 1 (David Brown 89′)
Glenfield Rovers 1 (Mark Jones 43′)
Halftime: 0-1

Eastern Suburbs AFC 0
East Coast Bays 3 (Judd Baker 5′, 80′, Liam Anderson 70′)
Halftime: 0-1

Three Kings United 1 (Allan Pearce 57′)
Onehunga Sports 2 (Izak Papa 17′, Sean Lovemore 76′)
Halftime: 0-1

Waitakere City 1 (Jackson Gibbons 44′)
Central United 1 (Regont Murati 47′)

Birkenhead United 0
Hamilton Wanderers 1 (David Smith 61′)
Halftime: 0-0

Bay Olympic 4 (James Pritchett 68′, Al Taaf Sahib 47′, Soheb Sheik 24′, Nicholas Hindson 76′)
Manurewa AFC 2 (Luke Bulay 58′, Sander Waterland 35′)
Halftime: 1-1