Noisy ride home after good win
When Waitakere City striker Roy Krishna is on his game you can guarantee the defence will have a few headaches.
And it was more of the same on Saturday as Waitakere left Hamilton with only one more win standing in their way of hoisting the Chatham Cup.
Waitakere's 4-1 rout of Melville United at Gower Park has set up an epic final match up against Christchurch's Cashmere Technical next month.
Waitakere went to work and the first goal came when danger man Krishna beat two defenders to score with 25 minutes gone.
The visitors kept the pressure on and reward came again just before the halftime whistle when Rory Turner was impeded illegally in the box after receiving a cross from Krishna.
Turner duly converted and Waitakere went to the sheds 2-0 ahead.
Melville came back a stronger side in the second half and scored through Garmon Hafal to bring the margin back 2-1.
But Waitakere weathered the storm and two further goals to Meneuka Fakasega and Krishna again put the result beyond doubt 4-1.
Waitakere assistant coach Jeremy Seales says the bus trip home was quite noisy.
"Everyone did their job and played superbly, the boys were celebrating pretty hard afterwards.
"We don't know much about Cashmere Tech so we'll have to make a few calls to our South Island contacts," he says.
Waitakere will play Cashmere in the final on September 15 with the venue yet to be confirmed.
In the NRFL second division Oratia United are out of the promotion race after losing 4-2 to Onehunga Mangere at Mangere Domain.
Onehunga were sublime in the first half and raced to a 4-1 lead with Ben Marumaru and Hayden Cleere scoring two goals each for the hosts while Andy Kapteyn converted for Oratia.
Patrick Bowen also scored in the second half for Oratia but the game was out of reach 4-2 after 90 minutes.
And it was more pain for Lynn Avon United in their women's second division top of the table clash against Pukekohe at Bledisloe Park on Sunday.
Lynn Avon had plenty of chances but were stung with two goals against the run of play.
Coach George Vale says he is proud of how his side has performed in the face of adversity this season.
"A lot of our frontline players hadn't played much premier football before and they've all worked hard. I'm confident over half the squad will stay and build for next year," Vale says.
The 2-0 loss gives Pukekohe the women's premier division plate title.
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