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PL: Bays, Wanderers, Rovers, FHM lead

Three Kings United, East Coast Bays, Forrest Hill Milford, Brikenhead United and Glenfield Rovers all claim wins in round two of the Lotto NRFL Premier Division.

Three Kings United prevailed in the all-Auckland derby with arch-rivals Central United at Kiwitea Street with a 3-2 win thanks to goals by Aaron Bawdekar, Michael Fifi’i and Reilly O’Meagher. Regont Murati with a goal from the penalty mark and a late consolation from Ermal Fusha ensured the defending champions kept the scoreline close.

East Coast Bays’ Judd Baker continued his great run of form with a double after Zane Olla had given the David Mulligan-coached side a 1-0 halftime lead in their clash with Waitakere City. Adyn Kettle was on target for Waitakere City as Jake Butler’s City side went down 3-1.

The win means East Coast Bays share top spot with Hamilton Wanderers.

Paul Clout’s goal just before halftime gave Hamilton Wanderers a shock 1-0 win over an Eastern Suburbs AFC side that featured Tim Payne and Silvio Rodic.

David Brown and Abdul Khalifa goals were enough to ensure Forrest Hill Milford picked up their first win of the season over Bay Olympic – a 2-1 win on the North Shore that sees them slip into fourth place.

Coach Andy Boyens was delighted with the result in what he described as a performance full of character.

“I’m very pleased we picked up three points. Our first half performance gave us the edge in the game and that gave us just enough to get the win.

“Bay Olympic came at us in the second half and scored a very good goal. We went 1-0 down in our first game of the campaign but pulled up our socks to get a draw and we showed some of that character again today.

“There are some fantastic teams in this league and when players from the Stirling Sports Premiership start filtering back it will only get more competitive.

“When you see a team like Hamilton Wanderers pick up a second win its no surprise. They’re the only team from their region in the competition but its a good result for them and shows how close this competition can be,” he said.

Boyens, who won 19 caps with the All Whites as a player, is set to bring in at least three additions to the Forrest Hill Milford set-up once the Stirling Sports Premiership finishes tomorrow.

“We’re bringing back players like Ryan De Vries, Yousif Al-Kalisy and Abdullah Al-Kalisy into our group but other than that we have no firm plans in terms of other player movement,” he said.

Manurewa AFC’s difficult start to the season continued after they lost 3-1 at home to Birkenhead United. Roussin Nkoy scored two unanswered first half goals to give Birkenhead a comfortable halftime lead until David Parkinson put the result beyond doubt with a third on 73 minutes. Pablo Yackson netted for Manurewa AFC with nine minutes to play but it was no more than a consolation.

Glenfield Rovers steady start to the campaign continued when they downed Onehunga Sports 2-1 at Waikaraka Park. Sean Lovemore looked to have set the home side on their way when he gave them the lead just after halftime but goals for Dylan Burns and Tomas Mosquera ensured the come-from-behind victory was completed comfortably and third place claimed.

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Lotto NRFL Men’s Premier Division

Saturday 1 April

Central United 2 (Regont Murati 74′-pen, Ermal Fusha 87′)
Three Kings United 3 (Aaron Bawdekar 20′, Michael Fifi’i 54′, Reilly O’Meagher 84′)
Halftime: 0-1

East Coast Bays 3 (Zane Olla 38′, Judd Baker 60′, 65′)
Waitakere City 1 (Adyn Kettle 68′)
Halftime: 1-1

Forrest Hill Milford 2 (David Brown 29′, Abdul Khalifa 66′)
Bay Olympic 1 (Shoeb Sheik 66′)
Halftime: 2-0

Eastern Suburbs 0
Hamilton Wanderers 1 (Paul Clout 39′)
Halftime: 0-1

Manurewa AFC 1 (Pablo Yackson 81′)
Birkenhead United 3 (Roussin Nkoy 6′, 20′, David Parkinson 73′)
Halftime: 0-2

Onehunga Sports 1 (Sean Lovemore 51′)
Glenfield Rovers 2 (Dylan Burns 67′, Tom Mosquera 72′)
Halftime: 0-0

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