Albany United climb above Waitemata in bid to avoid first division’s wooden spoon

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Albany United have moved off the bottom of the Lotto NRFL first division table with a 2-1 win against Onehunga Mangere United.

While the result still leaves Albany relegation-bound, it at least gives the side a chance of avoiding the division’s wooden spoon, following Waitemata’s 6-0 defeat by Metro on Saturday.

Albany worked their way into a winning position with a first half in which they took a 2-0 lead at Rosedale Park.

James Chamberlain-Barlow got the first, in the 17th minute, and captain Jack Beguely added another as the half went into added time.

Gilberto Souza pulled back a goal for Onehunga Mangere in the 54th minute but the home side’s defence was resolute for the rest of the match, and Albany’s three points ensured their move into 11th place.

Referee Yunjie Diao issued eight yellow cards — five to Albany, three to the visitors.

Main photo: Albany captain Jack Beguely … scored his side’s second goal. File photo: Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.


Games played Saturday August 27, 2022

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Waitemata 0
Metro 6 (Joe Minto 16′, Josh Turner 35′, Tristan Prattley 65′, Jaydyn Englefield 66′, Alexander Smith 72′, Honggyu Han 77′)

West Coast Rangers 2 (Joshua Armitt 63′, Kofi Dwamena 80′)
Tauranga City 2 (Braxton Fisher-Vanderveen 15′, Campbell Higgins 21′)

Ellerslie 1 (Tom Durkin 33′)
East Coast Bays 3 (Keegan Kelly 4′, Liam Anderson 68′, Daniel Morgan 82′)

Manurewa 1 (Monty Patterson 17′)
Northern Rovers 1 (Jay Bracken 45+1′)

Mount Albert Ponsonby 0
Fencibles United 0

Game played Sunday August 28, 2022

Albany United 2 (James Chamberlain-Barlow 17′, Jack Beguely 45’+2′)
Onehunga Mangere United 1 (Gilberto Souza 54′)


Final fixtures

The last round of games will be played on Saturday September 3, 2022

Mount Albert-Ponsonby v Manurewa
Anderson Park, Auckland, 3pm

West Coast Rangers v Waitemata 
Fred Taylor Park, Whenuapai, 3pm

Ellerslie v Onehunga Mangere United
Michaels Ave, Ellerslie, 3pm

Northern Rovers v East Coast Bays
McFetridge Park, Glenfield, 3pm

Albany United v Metro
Rosedale Park, Albany, 3pm

Tauranga City v Fencibles United
Links Ave, Tauranga, 3pm


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