Western Suburbs Take Out Central League

Western Suburbs have lifted the Central League trophy with two rounds to spare after a six-nil destruction of Palmerston North Marist at home at Endeavour Park.

Two-nil up at half time after two goals, fittingly from Owen Parker-Price and Elijah Just who have both been sublime for Wests this season, Wests cruised through the second half. Callum McCowatt, another stand out for Wests this season, put away a pair.

It was a well-earned end to a dominant season for Wests. Despite being pursued for the last dozen or so rounds by Wairarapa United, Suburbs have diligently stuck to their knitting and demonstrated time and time again that they’re the most consistent side in the league.

While Wairarapa were the most destructive on attack, Wests were the most balanced. With a formidable defensive setup that conceded the fewest goals of any team, and an “every man defends and attacks” approach that was both great to watch and tremendously difficult to beat.

They have lost just once all season, in the second round to Wairarapa. It’s an impressive accomplishment.

 

 

Elsewhere in the third-to-last round of the league, when results can get a bit random, Miramar Rangers demolished Napier City Rovers 5-0 at Park Island. Team Taranaki beat Wellington United 1-0 in New Plymouth. Wellington Olympic upset Stop Out 4-2 and Lower Hutt confounded pundits by beating Wairarapa United 3-2. Consecutive losses for Wairarapa to Lower Hutt and Team Taranaki giving the impression they’ve knocked off for the year.

The results conspire to send Palmerston North Marist down after an abject season in which they have won just twice and let in a staggering 57 goals. Second place is still up for grabs with both Stop Out and Wairarapa losing this weekend.

 

 

The race to come up is still hot. Petone, North Wellington, and Waterside Karori are all in with a chance to be the Wellington playoff contender. Karori in the box seat with a slim lead. Results in Capital Premier are getting harder to predict as Central League sides with reserve teams in that division shuffle players around to ensure their reserves survival.

With just two games to go Capital Premier is now the league to watch.

In the Central Region it looks likely that Havelock North will be the region’s contender for promotion in the home and away playoff against the Wellington area’s candidate.

In the W-League, results were per the form guide. Wellington United beat Wairarapa 2-0, Upper Hutt smoked Seatoun 8-1 and Palmerston North Marist had a 6-0 win over Stop Out leaving Upper Hutt 4 points clear on top ahead of Marist.

Sarah Gregorius hit the back of the net six times in Upper Hutt’s win over Seatoun. Photo: Wareham Sports Media