Wairarapa United will visit Napier City Rovers in what could be a Central League deciding game at Park Island on Sunday.
Wairarapa (37 points from 17 games) lost 3-1 to Chatham Cup finalists Lower Hutt City on Saturday and are joined at the top of the table by Wellington Olympic, who completed their season with a 2-1 victory over Napier yesterday.
Hamish Watson, Harrison Price and Taban Makoii were the goal scorers for Lower Hutt, who gave themselves a nice confidence booster before the club's first ever Chatham Cup final, against Auckland heavyweights Central United at Newtown Park on Sunday.
Napier are third in the Central League on 33 points but have an extra game up their sleeves, against fourth-placed Miramar Rangers on September 2.
Defending champions Miramar kept their title hopes alive with a 3-2 win over Wellington United on Saturday as Sam Mason-Smith continued his prolific season with a double.
Miramar (28 points) have four games left on their schedule, with Maycenvale United, Petone and Lower Hutt, as well as Napier, on the list.
The maximum points that Wairarapa and Miramar can bag is 40, while Napier's best-case scenario is 39 and Olympic are finished with 37.
Tawa were 3-1 winners over Western Suburbs on Saturday, while last-placed Maycenvale upset Petone 3-2.
Mike Ramackers, Jamie Sharp and Richard Bott were Tawa's goal scorers.
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- The Dominion Post
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