Hamilton Wanderers have climbed into the top four of football’s Northern League after a 2-0 midweek win against Manukau United.
Playing under lights at Papakura’s McLennan Park, the sides were playing a rescheduled fixture that completes round 13 of the competition.
After being locked 0-0 at the half-time break, Wanderers took the lead through Joe Harris in the 50th minute.
Wanderers had been awarded a penalty but Harris hit it straight up the middle only for ‘keeper Ernest Wong to block the shot. The ball rebounded to Harris who kept his cool to stroke the ball into the net.
Captain Derek Tieku added a second in the 72nd minute when a mix-up between Manukau’s goalkeeper and a defender allowed Jordan Lamb to steal the ball. He rolled the ball across the empty goal for Tieku to tap in.
The win takes Wanderers above Auckland United and into fourth place, due to a superior goal difference.
The top four at the end of 22 rounds qualify for the end-of-season National League competition.
Main photo: Joe Harries … opened the scoring for Wanderers. File image: Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.
Game played Tuesday June 21, 2022
Manukau United 0
Hamilton Wanderers 2 (Joe Harris 50′, Derek Tieku 72′)
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