Papatoetoe have regained ascendancy in the battle for NRF Men’s Championship title honours.
In a Friday night game under lights at Starling Park, they beat Ranui Swanson 3-1 to go six points clear of nearest rivals Central United.
Though the teams chasing Papatoetoe have games in hand, Papatoetoe’s +24 goal difference and points in the bank put them in a strong position.
Their 10th win of the season was sparked by a first-half performance which saw them lead 2-0 at half-time.
Louis Corkill had opened the scoring in the 16th minute and Ash Gower-Rudman doubled their lead just before the break.
The lead was stretched to 3-0 in the 82nd minute when Ahmad Alshamsi found the net.
Daniel Faure scored a consolation goal for the home side with two minutes left.
Papatoetoe supporters now have the luxury of watching Saturday’s results, knowing their rivals can ill afford to slip up.
Game played on Friday July 29, 2022
Ranui Swanson 1 (Daniel Faure 88′)
Papatoetoe 3 (Louis Corkill 16′, Ash Gower-Rudman 41′, Ahmad Alshamsi 82′)
Games to be played on Saturday July 30, 2022
Uni-Mount Bohemian (7th) v Central United (2nd)
Bill McKinlay Park, Mt Wellington, 3pm
South Auckland Rangers (4th) v Lynn-Avon United (8th)
Rongomai Park, Flat Bush, 3pm
Papakura City (3rd) v Te Atatu (5th)
McLennan Park, Papakura, 5pm