1 Mar 2010

Waitakere leads by one in NZFC

6:23 am on 1 March 2010

An injury-time winner for the second week in a row by Team Wellington midfielder Michael Fifii will mean a nervy final round of the New Zealand Football Championship for both the Otago United and Wellington football sides two weeks from now.

Fifii, who scored a dramatic late winner over Waitakere two weeks ago - repeated the feat against Waikato FC, an effort that catapulted Wellington into fourth with a slender 1 point advantage over Otago who slipped to fifth.

Otago now face a must-win showdown with Manawatu on March the 13th in Dunedin if they hope to qualify for the play-offs.

Team Wellington will know what is required of them when they face Canterbury United the next day in Christchurch.

An easy 4-1 win over Hawke's Bay saw Waitakere United return to the top of the NZFC after Manawatu held Auckland City 1-1 in Palmerston North.

Hawke's Bay United was no match for Waitakere with the hosts romping to a victory that gives them a 1 point lead over Auckland.

In Christchurch, Canterbury United made it a double derby delight when they defeated arch rivals Otago United 2-nil at English Park to climb into third spot.

Canterbury's win catapulted the Dragons to 18 points with two games in hand on their nearest challengers Otago United and Team Wellington, with Wellington slotting into fourth after their last gasp 3-2 win over Waikato FC at Ngaruawahia.