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Onehunga Mangere United 1, Warkworth AFC 1
Mangere Mountain, Auckland, April 21 2012

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A trip to Onehunga Mangere United is something that has been on my ‘To-Do List’ for quite some time. The second division club’s home ground is one of the most picturesque in the Northern Regional Football League. Situated near the summit of an extinct volcano, it has panoramic views of South Auckland on one side and a working dairy farm on the other.

But it’s not just about the scenery. This fixture had something of a North vs South appeal and promised to be an even contest. Warkworth, from North of Auckland, have started their campaign well and sat third on the table after five matches having won four and lost one. Onehunga Mangere are better than their record suggests. They have won one, drawn one and lost three but with a goal difference of only -2, their losses have all been narrow ones.

The game itself certainly lived up to its promise of being a close encounter. Onehunga Mangere did most of the attacking in the first half and must have been disappointed not to turn any of that dominance into something tangible on the score sheet. Warkworth had to feed off scraps somewhat but from those they managed to create a couple or three chances and moreover convert one of them to take a 1-0 lead into the Half Time break.

The second half was more even possession wise. It did seem to meander along a bit though until about fifteen minutes from the end when all of a sudden the two sides awoke and Onehunga Mangere started to pile on the pressure. That pressure told about ten minutes from time when the equaliser went in. One wonders if the home side might have taken all three points if they’d erupted earlier in the second half. But of course, we know football seldom works that way.

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Enzo Giordani

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