Papatoetoe beat South Auckland Rangers 5-2 in a top-of-the-table clash to keep the lead in the NRF Men’s Championship.
Papatoetoe fell behind after 17 minutes when Ryan Kumar opened the scoring for Rangers.
However, Christopher Groen levelled in the 41st minute to send the teams into half-time locked 1-1.
Papatoetoe extended their lead to 3-1 through Aakash Kumar and Andrew Naicker.
Rangers reduced the deficit to 3-2 when Salesh Kumar scored after 79 minutes.
But Papatoetoe made sure of victory with late goals from Naicker, his second, and Sandip Singh in added time.
Main photo: Andrew Naicker … a double for Papatoetoe. File photo: Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.
Meanwhile, Te Atatu beat Ranui Swanson 6-2 in a game marked by Rhys Caples’ 100th appearance.
Games played Saturday June 18, 2022
Te Atatu 6 (Mitchell Long 8′, Matthew Bowman 45’+2′, 52′, Rhys Caples 55′, 67′, Marc Porter 58′)
Ranui Swanson 2 (Jaslin Diedericks 37′, 42′)
Papatoetoe 5 (Christopher Groen 41′, Aakash Kumar 52′, Andrew Naicker 72′, 84′, Sandip Singh 90’+2)
South Auckland Rangers 2 (Ryan Kumar 17′, Salesh Kumar 79′)
Papakura City 3 (Rajnesh Sharma 42′, Logan Dixon 66′, Cory Mackay 84′)
Uni-Mount Bohemian 1 (Cameron Brettle 50′)
Central United P
Lynn Avon United P
*Postponed due to Central’s involvement in the Chatham Cup