Papakura City topple Central United in NRF Men’s Championship

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A devastating 10-minute burst in the first half powered Papakura City to a 3-1 win against Central United at the Croatian Cultural Club on Friday.

Playing under lights, Central were the team with the most to gain, knowing a win would keep them on the tail of NRF Men’s Championship leaders Papatoetoe.

But the first half turned into a disaster.

Papakura opened the scoring through Argyle Morling in the 23rd minute and he doubled the visitors’ lead on the half-hour.

Two minutes later, Vikil Prakash extended the lead to 3-1.

Worse, Central then missed a penalty.

In the second half, Central gave themselves a faint hope of a comeback, scoring through Linus Backman in the 78th minute.

But it was to be Papakura’s night and they moved above South Auckland Rangers and into the top half of the table — at least till Saturday afternoon — while Central will rue the missed opportunity to turn up the heat on leaders Papatoetoe.

Main photo: Argyle Morling … a double for Papakura City. File photo: Phototek.

Papatoetoe play third-placed Te Atatu on Saturday.


Game played Friday July 15, 2022

Central United 1 (Linus Backman 78′)
Papakura City 3 (Argyle Morling 23′, 30′, Vikil Vineet Prakash 32′)



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South Auckland Rangers v Uni-Mount Bohemian 
Rongomai Park, Auckland, 3pm

Papatoetoe v Te Atatu 
Murdoch Park, Papatoetoe, 3pm

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