West Coast Rangers increased their lead to six points in the Lotto NRFL first division but the race for second spot has turned into a three-way scrap with wins to Manurewa and Onehunga Mangere United in round 11.
Here’s our round-up of latest fixtures:
Rastagar’s hot streak continues with winning goals against Tauranga
Striker Osman Rastagar continued his hot streak of form with both goals in Onehunga Mangere United’s 2-0 win against title-chasing Tauranga City.
Rastagar is the co-leader for the first division’s Golden Boot after his latest double took him to a season total of nine goals.
His first came in the 22nd minute at Mangere Domain, giving United a 1-0 lead at the break.
He added his second in the 53rd minute and that’s how the score remained.
The result helps Manurewa keep their second spot, achieved after their win at Ellerslie on Thursday, but keeps United in the hunt for promotion to the Northern League.
Main photo: Osman Rastagar … now leads the Golden Boot table with East Coast Bays’ Keegan Kelly. Photo: Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.
Bays snatch win at Waitemata with added time double
With 90 minutes gone, struggling Waitemata looked set to clear the bottom of the first division table as they led East Coast Bays 1-0 at McLeod Park.
But two goals from Bays in added time consigned them to another Saturday night as the competition’s cellar dwellers.
After a scoreless first half, Waitemata took the lead through Lukas Webster in the 69th minute.
As the home side managed down the game’s final minutes, Bays found an equaliser from Sam Wilson, two minutes into added time.
Not content with the draw, Bays pushed for the winner and it came — six agonising minutes into referee’s time — from Callum Simmonds.
The win lifts East Coast Bays into the upper half of the table.
A clean sheet, three points … just another day at the office for Rangers
The tightest defence in the north delivered another clean sheet to provide the platform for West Coast Rangers to beat Fencibles United 2-0 at Fred Taylor Park.
With the help of other results going their way, Rangers have now increased their lead at the top of the table to six points.
Allan Pearce gave Rangers the lead in the 23rd minute, and that’s how the sides turned around at half-time.
Jamie Mason made sure of the points with his team’s second goal, almost on full-time.
Game played June 2, 2022
Manurewa 3 (Mohammed Nabeel 49′, Jake McCoy 56′, Nicolas Bobadilla 90+2′)
Game played June 3, 2022
Metro 3 (Michael Soffe 36′, Jaydyn Englefield 44′, 69′ pen)
Mt Albert Ponsonby 1 (Harry Streamer 34′)
Games played June 4, 2022
Waitemata 1 (Lukas Webster 69′)
East Coast Bays 2 (Sam Wilson 90+2′, Callum Simmonds 90+6′)
West Coast Rangers 2 (Allan Pearce 23′, Jamie Mason 90′)
Fencibles United 0
Onehunga Mangere United 2 (Osman Rastagar 22′, 53′)
Tauranga City 0
Albany United P
Northern Rovers P
*Postponed due to COVID-19 issues in the Albany camp
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