Ngaruawahia United can make own dreams
Ngaruawahia United now have their promotion destiny in their own hands - or rather, feet.
They thumped North Force 6-0 in the penultimate match of their Northern League Division One season and then got the news they were seeking when promotion rivals North Shore United could only manage a 1-1 draw against Forrest Hill Milford.
Ngaruawahia are now second with 41 points from 21 games, while North Shore have 40 from 20 matches. Even if North Shore win their catch-up match with Hibiscus Coast next weekend, Ngaruawahia can gain the second promotion spot behind league winners Glenfield Rovers by beating North Shore when the two sides meet at Centennial Park on September 14 in what should be a memorable climax to the season.
The hosts were in a different class today from their teenaged opponents, who have yet to win a match in the league this season and will play in Division Two next year.
Ngaruawahia romped to a 4-0 lead after 20 minutes with goals from John Irving, Kieren Frewen, Matt Williams and Ben Latham and could have neared double figures by halftime had they been more accurate close to goal.
Frewen got his second after just 90 seconds of the restart and it seemed plenty more would follow, but the only other goal came from Federico Marquez with 15 minutes left.
Beaten Chatham Cup semifinalists Melville United needed a late equaliser from skipper Josh Billman to give them a 1-1 draw away to Hibiscus Coast.
That virtually ruled them out of the promotion chase, despite Steve Williams' side still having three matches left to play.
Claudelands Rovers celebrated earning another season in Division Two after a surprise elevation earlier this year by destroying bottom-placed Manukau City 12-1. David Smith led the scoring with four for Jim Keaney's side.
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