A goal by Sam Lloyd was enough to get Central United a vital win against NRF Men’s Championship leaders Papatoetoe.
The 1-0 victory at Murdoch Park moved Central to within three points of their title rivals but with a game in hand.
After turning around scoreless, former Eastern Suburbs youth player Lloyd broke the deadlock in the 69th minute.
Third-placed Te Atatu kept in touch with the two leaders, winning 3-2 at home to Uni-Mount Bohemians, but South Auckland Rangers lost ground by falling to lowly Ranui Swanson under lights on Friday.
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Game played Friday July 8, 2022
Ranui Swanson 2 (Nathaniel Hastings 40′, Daniel Faure 42′)
South Auckland Rangers 1 (Jayden Reddy 21′)
Games played Saturday July 9, 2022
Te Atatu 3 (Matthew Bowman 22′, Rhys Caples 45′, Kyal Wells 75′)
Uni-Mount Bohemian 2 (Tariro Mashonganyika 4′, Keith Anderson 72′)
Papakura City 3 (Munit Krishna 56′, Argyle Morling 58′, Cory Mackay 63′)
Lynn-Avon United 1 (Callum McGregor 32′)
Central United 1 (Sam Lloyd 69′)