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Central Auckland Soccer
Herewith my weekly "Central Auckland Soccer" column, which I've sent through to the
Central Leader religiously each week during the winter season since 1992.

Springs Secure Silverware As Six Sides Win
by Jeremy Ruane
The six Central Auckland soccer teams which took to the field on Saturday finished their respective Lotto Northern League campaigns with a flourish, with all six teams recording victories.

Pride of place went to Western Springs, who won the First Division title thanks to a 3-0 win over Hibiscus Coast at Seddon Fields, where Adam Dickinson, George Debenham and Oscar Browne scored the goals which secured the Thomson Shield.

In the Premier League, goals from Andrew Milne and Max Mata secured a 2-0 win for champions Onehunga Sports at Waitakere City, days after "The Green Machine" and fifth-placed Central United fought out a 1-1 draw at William Green Domain.

That match saw both teams fielded under-strength sides, ahead of this Sunday's ISPS Handa Chatham Cup Final between the clubs, which kicks off at 3.30pm at QBE Stadium, and is also being screened live on Sky Sports 4.

Bay Olympic also scored a 2-0 win over Hamilton Wanderers at Crum Park to finish their campaign in sixth place, Niklas Ordenewitz and Al Taaf Sahib the marksmen as long-serving James Pritchett retired from playing on a winning note on a day Chad Coombes played his one hundredth game for the club.

Goals in the last seven minutes from Maxsim Manko and Allan Pearce earned Three Kings United a 3-0 win over Forrest Hill-Milford United at Keith Hay Park, a result which relegated the North Harbour club, while propelling the victors to an eighth-placed finish.

Elsewhere, Marshall Gurney scored twice as Mt. Albert-Ponsonby clinched a fifth-placed finish in the First Division thanks to their 4-2 win over Tauranga City United in a match transferred to Metro's Albie Turner Field home.

Metro themselves concluded their campaign in decidedly undistinguished fashion, the already relegated club defaulting their final game of the season to Melville United, much to the ire of the Hamilton club.

Second Division Onehunga-Mangere United ended their final season in the Northern League on a winning note, Timothy Carr and Myron Manickum OMU's scorers in a 2-0 win at Papakura City.

But two wins in their final three games weren't enough to save "The Mountain Men", who'll be encountering fellow Central Auckland side Lynn-Avon United in non-league football next season.

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