Hat-tricks, penalties and red cards played their parts in two Lotto NRFL first division games played under midweek floodlights.
Manurewa and Onehunga Mangere United shared a 3-3 draw while East Coast Bays beat Fencibles United 3-0.
Here’s our midweek round-up:
Fireworks at Jellicoe Park in incident-packed draw
Three penalties, a hat-trick and two red cards contributed to a night of incidents at Jellicoe Park as Manurewa and Onehunga Mangere United shared the points with a 3-3 draw.
Manurewa appeared to have taken the initiative by taking a 2-0 lead into half-time after an opening goal from Dyland Horgan, after 38 minutes, and a penalty scored by All White Monty Patterson as the half went into added time.
In the second spell, Onehunga Mangere United came out with guns blazing, and Osman Rastagar scored twice in a three-minute spell, the first after 52 minutes and the second from the penalty spot.
Suddenly, the teams were level at 2-2 with everything to play for.
Manurewa responded with a third goal, scored in the 58th minute by Mohammed Nabeel.
United’s hopes were given another jolt when Abraham Khalil was sent off by referee Riley Greenbury after a second yellow card for a foul.
However, Rastagar brought the scores level at 3-3 when United were awarded another penalty. His hat-trick takes him to six goals for the season, in second place for the division’s Golden Boot.
The draw prevented Manurewa from moving into second place on the table but kept both clubs within reach of the two leaders.
Photo: Osman Rastagar … a hat-trick for Onehunga Mangere United. File photo: Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.
Kelly hat-trick delivers win against Fencibles
A hat-trick from the first division’s leading goalscorer, Keegan Kelly, helped deliver a 3-0 win for East Coast Bays against Fencibles United.
Kelly struck in the 5th and 19th minutes to give Bays a 2-0 half-time lead at North Harbour Stadium.
The 16-year-old striker then completed his hat-trick on the hour, effectively making sure of the three points for his club.
Kelly now has eight goals and leads the division’s Golden Boot table.
The win lifts Bays a couple of places to fifth on the table, while Fenclibles United are second bottom.
Games played May 25, 2022
East Coast Bays 3 (Keegan Kelly 5′, 19′, 60′)
Fencibles United 0
Manurewa 3 (Dylan Horgan 38′, Monty Patterson 45+2′ pen, Mohammed Nabeel 58′)
Onehunga Mangere United 3 (Osman Rastagar 52′, 55′ pen, 75′ pen)
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