Home side Huntly Thistle senior footballers had a convincing 7-2 win over visitors Ngaruawahia United’s 3rd team (The Green Machine) in the Waikato Division B competition on Saturday.
The regulations regarding the Lotto NRFL Men’s Reserves Knockout Competition were released in February 2016 listed as the 4th Schedule in the Lotto NRFL Regulations. Since the release, a change in the number of teams per division has taken place and requires an amendment to the structure of the competition.
2016 Competition Organisation
For 2016 the draw shall be as follows, subject to ground availability:
14-15th May – Preliminary round
- Monday 6th June – Round 1
- 25-26th June – Round 2
- Week of 26-28th July – Semi-finals (or suitable alternative)
- Sunday 17th September – Finals Day
Reporter Libby Wilson from “Stuff”
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Papatoetoe’s Imraan Shah scrubbed out all hopes of Ngaruawahia coming home with a result on ANZAC Monday when his 90th-minute strike gave the host club a 2-1 win in the Northern League Division 2 clash.
Ngaruawahia commenced the match without the services of Marcelo Sosa (visiting family overseas), Jarred Gemmell (in Stockholm at an international beer-pulling competition where he came second), Maxi’ Brindisi (injured) and Eric Rey (injured).
Magi Mas Manresa had put Narra ahead in the second half with a penalty, which only served to “agitate” Papatoetoe into a faster-paced mid-field game. Both teams had defended well with Narra not able to mount any threatening strikes and Papatoetoe guilty of squandering several well-worked opportunities.
Sandip Singh drew his side level in the latter half of the final 45 minutes with a cutting move that had him one-on-one with keeper Zabir, stabbing it past for the goal. It was a red card to Sean Sullivan shortly after for a second bookable offence that weakened the Narra defence, allowing the fatal strike by the reds in the final minute.
Seventh-placed Onehunga Mangere will be hosting Narra this weekend.
The Narra Reserves also went down 1-2 to their Papatoetoe counterparts after having lead 1-0 via Dadire Abdi’s first-half goal.