Bay Olympic 2-0 Hamilton Wanderers (half: 1-0)
The league leaders maintained their six-point advantage at the top of the standings with a home victory over Hamilton Wanderers on Saturday.
Colin Gardyne opened the scoring at Olympic Park after 36 minutes and his goal was the difference between the sides until Robbie Greenhalgh slotted a penalty after the dismissal of Hamilton’s Jordan Shaw for a second caution with 10 minutes to go.
Gardyne and Ahmad Al-Shamsi were the standout performers for the winning side while Hamilton’s effort was led by Ricky Broderson and Salah Bahiss.
Melville Utd 1-1 Eastern Suburbs AFC (half: 1-0)
Both sides took a point from Saturday’s clash at Gower Park after a 1-1 draw. Melville’s Josh Thomas opened the scoring 20 minutes into the contest before Haidar Jabir restored parity nine minutes after the restart.
The result leaves Melville in eighth spot on four points from their seven outings while Suburbs sit ninth with just two points from their eight matches.
Melville’s Aaron Scott and goalkeeper Neil Mouncher stood tall for their side while Jabir and Prince Quansah were in the thick of it for the visitors.
Manurewa AFC 1-2 Onehunga Sports (half: 0-1)
Onehunga Sports moved upwards at the expense of Manurewa courtesy of their 2-1 win at Memorial Park on Saturday.
Ross Haviland got the visitors going quickly with his sixth minute strike and that 1-0 lead lasted until the halftime break.
In an eventful afternoon for Manurewa’s Tewi Te Pou, he scored his side’s equaliser just after the hour mark before earning the second suspension of his brief Manurewa stint with a straight red card with 18 minutes to go.
Substitute Sean Lovemore ensured the visitors took advantage of the extra man with his 82nd minute winner.
Onehunga Sports move into a three-way tie for third spot with Three Kings and Central while Manurewa sit in seventh place.
Paul Day and Eder Franchini were at the sharp end of things for Onehunga Sports while Manurewa’s best on the day were goalkeeper Louie Caunter and Scott Root.
East Coast Bays AFC 2-1 Central Utd FC (half: 1-1)
Second-placed East Coast Bays stayed six points behind leaders Bay Olympic thanks to a one-goal win over third-placed Central United at Bays City Park on Saturday.
A goal in each half was enough for the home side as Nathan Palmer and Dan Peat both scored their fifth goals of the season to see off the visitors who struck in the first half via Paul Urlovic.
Palmer opened the scoring 10 minutes into the match before Urlovic levelled for Central just before the halftime break.
The two sides looked like sharing the points until Peat struck two minutes into stoppage time to grab all three points.
Dylan Barnett and goalker Aiden Gwilt were seen as the home team’s most effective players while Byron Paulus and Jacob Hall were strong for the visitors.
Waitakere City FC 2-2 Three Kings Utd (half: 0-1)
The two sides took a point each from Saturday’s clash at Fred Taylor Park.
Jared Colligan’s brace, pushing his league-best season tally to seven, was the source of Three Kings’ goals while James Musa and Roy Krishna were the home side’s scorers.
Krishna’s strike came in the 90th minute.
Three Kings sit in third spot along with Central and Onehunga Sports while Waitakere City remain at the bottom of the standings, albeit on goal difference from Eastern Suburbs.
Photo by Shane Wenzlick