Four-time champions Waitakere United bounced back from three successive defeats to thrash Wanderers SC 6-1 today in the national football premiership.
Australian import Richie Cardozo grabbed a goal to set up a three-way tie in the race for the Golden Boot league top scorer's award. His 67th minute strike was his sixth goal of the season, equal with Auckland City's Emilano Tade and Canterbury United midfielder Aaron Clapham.
Dylan Stansfield scored twice for Waitakere with Jordan Lowdon, Maksim Manko and Thai import Samsern Limwatthana also featuring on the scoresheet.
But Waitakere still trail arch rivals Auckland City by five points. Auckland missed an opportunity to go six points ahead at the top of the table when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Canterbury United in Auckland today.
Adam Dickinson gave Auckland the lead in the eighth minute but Clapham equalised for Canterbury on the hour after the All White steered home a deflection off an Auckland defender.
Canterbury are in second place, three points behind Auckland and one ahead of Hawke's Bay United, who beat WaiBop United 3-2 in Napier on Saturday with quality first-half goals to Tom Biss, Bill Robertson and Sean Lovemore.
Southern United fought back for a deserved 2-2 draw with Team Wellington in Dunedin today. The home team had a great start when Jacob Schneider netted in the second minute but Henry Fa'arodo equalised four minutes later.
Former Otago United player Joel Stevens put Wellington ahead against his old club in the second half but Regan Coldicott earnd a point for Southern with a superb solo goal. He beat a couple of defenders and belted a shot past Wellington's All Whites keeper Jacob Spoonley with referee Campbell Kirk-Waugh playing a double advantage.
Round Ten results (home teams named first)
Saturday: Hawke's Bay United 3 (Tom Biss, Bill Robertson, Sean Lovemore) WaiBop United 2 (Jack McNab, Sam Messam). HT: 3-1.
Today: Auckland City 1 (Adam Dickinson) Canterbury United 1 (Aaron Clapham). HT: 1-0.
Southern United 2 (Jacob Schneider, Regan Coldicott) Team Wellington 2 (Henry Fa'arodo, Joel Stevens). HT: 1-1.
Wanderers SC 1 (Andre De Jong) Waitakere United 6 (Dylan Stansfield 2, Jordan Lowdon, Maksim Manko, Richie Cardozo, Samsern Limwatthana). HT: 0-3.
P W D L F A Pts
Auckland 9 6 3 0 21 9 21
Canterbury 10 5 3 2 15 8 18
Hawke's Bay 9 5 2 2 22 16 17
Waitakere 10 5 1 4 24 15 16
Wellington 10 5 1 4 19 20 16
WaiBop 10 2 1 7 14 23 7
Southern 9 2 1 6 13 26 7
Wanderers 9 1 2 6 13 24 5