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Bay Olympic clear on the leaderboard

JEREMY RUANE
Last updated 08:57 01/08/2012

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Bay Olympic are on course to record the biggest winning margin in the history of the Lotto Northern Premier League.

After winning the title a week ago, Shane Knowles' charges slipped 12 points clear of the field on Saturday, Matt Cunneen's second half goal earning them a 1-0 win at Hamilton Wanderers.

Twelve points is the current record margin, set in 2009 by East Coast Bays, who fell 1-0 at Central United on Sunday, Emiliano Tade scoring the only goal 12 minutes from time at Kiwitea St.

Rory Kelly and Sean Lovemore scored in each half as Onehunga Sports eclipsed Manurewa 2-0 at Waikaraka Park.

Three Kings United were unable to make it a clean sweep for local Premier League teams this weekend as they went down to Waitakere City at Keith Hay Park.

The West Aucklanders prevailed 6-5 in a wild affair, with United's Luiz Del Monte, Godwyn Darkwa, Sam Margetts and Jared Colligan on target, the last-mentioned's two-goal haul taking him to the top of the Golden Boot charts.

Bay Olympic wrap up their campaign at home to Manurewa on Saturday, while "The Green Machine" and TKU clash at Waikaraka Park in a local derby on the same day.

Central, meanwhile, head to Wellington's Miramar Rangers on Sunday with a place in the ASB Chatham Cup Final at stake for the victors.

All three local teams won their games in the Lotto Northern Premier Women's League. Western Springs earn pride of place, Erinna Wong's first half goal giving them just their second win as they topped Pukekohe 1-0 at Seddon Fields.

Third-placed Lynn-Avon United kept the front-runners in their sights by pummelling Papamoa 7-1. Eloise Morris, Willowe Poata and Kate Seatter scored for United, while Tayla O'Brien and Megan Lee both struck twice.

Martine Puketapu was also a two-goal markswoman for Three Kings United as they swept Eastern Suburbs aside 4-1 at Keith Hay Park.

One of her goals came from a penalty, while Morany Chek and Mary Fraser scored either side of the hour mark for the ASB National Women's Knockout Cup finalists.

Lynn-Avon visit Pukekohe on Sunday, while "The Hoops" head to Eastern Suburbs. Three Kings have the bye.

In contrast to the women's teams, all three Lotto Northern League First Division sides were beaten on the weekend.

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