Western Springs just got the better of Manukau United in a see-saw Northern League game that ended in a 4-3 for Chris Zoricich’s side.
Both sides were reduced to 10 men in a game packed with incidents.
Springs took the lead at North Harbour Stadium after 11 minutes when Wade Molony found the net.
Boon Ozawa levelled three minutes later, and the sides shared the rest of the first half, going into half-time locked 1-1.
Springs took the initiative after the break, scoring twice through Kenta Nakashima in the 53rd minute and then Oscar Browne after 66 minutes.
But then the cracks appeared, as Faiti Hamilton-Pama was sent off for a second yellow card in the 77th minute.
Down to 10 men, Springs conceded within a few minutes as Manukau substitute Hayden Johns reduced the deficit to 3-2.
Then, four minutes later, Maro Bonsu-Maro scored Manukau’s equaliser.
Springs answered back with a goal from their sub, Kayne Vincent, in the 86th minute, putting the home side ahead 4-3.
As the game headed into added time, Manukau sub Thomas Golding was given a straight red by referee Nick Waldron for violent conduct.
Game over, Springs would be satisfied with three points that raised them two places on the Northern League ladder.
Game played Saturday July 30, 2022
Western Springs 4 (Wade Molony 11′, Kenta Nakashima 53′, Oscar Browne 66′, Kayne Vincent 86′)
Manukau United 3 (Boon Ozawa 14′, Hayden Johns 80′, Maro Bonsu-Maro 84′)
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