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Surprises aplenty as Central League powerhouses stutter in opening round

Surprises aplenty as Central League powerhouses stutter in opening round

The first round of the men's Central League got underway this weekend with a few surprising results.


Miramar Rangers were the first to falter when going down 3-2 at home to Palmerston North Marist.

They took an early lead with a goal from Tom Probert, but midway through the first half Marist drew level following a defensive lapse from Miramar.

Goals to Josh Chettleburgh and Rhys Galyer would help seal the win.

Wairarapa United travelled to Hutt Park to take on Stop Out, but went back over the hill with nothing to show for their trip.

It was a close encounter, but a goal from Micky Malivuk 14 minutes into the first half saw Stop Out take the lead.

Wairarapa rallied and managed to level the scores going into half time, with a clinical finish from the edge of the box by Sam Mason-Smith.

Stop Out continued to dominate in the second half and it was debutant Michael McCutcheon who showed great agility to turn and shoot and earn his side a 2-1 win.

Back in the Central League for 2016, Wellington United came up against a youthful Petone side at Newtown Park.

Scores were level at 1-1 until early in the second half when Petone took the opportunity to break following a United corner, scoring to make it 2-1.
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This was short lived as Jack-Henry Sinclair returned the favour and equalised for United.

Petone struck back and were leading until a last-minute equaliser from Willem Ebbinge saw the teams share the points, with the final score 3-3.

In a repeat of the recent Hilton-Petone Cup final, Lower Hutt hosted Wellington Olympic at Fraser Park.

The match was a fairly even affair with the scores level following goals from Lower Hutt's Sam Dewar and Olympic's Sam Blackburn.

Alex Palezevic put Olympic up midway through the second half and they held on to win.

Last year's champions, Napier City Rovers, were held to a 1-1 draw by Western Suburbs on Sunday.

Napier's Ryan Tinsley put his side up in the 64th minute, but that was cancelled out by Noah Billingsley's strike five minutes from time.

Those results see the unlikely pair of Palmerston North Marist and Stop Out joining Olympic on top of the table after one round.

Men's Central League - round one

Miramar 2 (Tom Probert, Jack Imray) PN Marist 3 (Nathan Cooksley, Josh Chettleburgh, Rhys Galyer)

Stop Out 2 (Micky Malivuk, Michael McCutcheon) Wairarapa 1 (Sam Mason-Smith)

Wellington United 3 (Ruairi Cahill-Fleury, Jack-Henry Sinclair, Willem Ebbinge) Petone 3 (Ben Feld, Zach Watson, Jordan Pickering)

Lower Hutt 1 (Sam Dewar) Olympic 2 (Sam Blackburn, Alex Palezevic)

Napier City Rovers 1 (Ryan Tinsley) Western Suburbs 1 (Noah Billingsley)

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