A 2-1 loss to Auckland rivals Metro FC has left Cambridge contemplating a tense finish to the Lotto NRFL second division season.
The points lift Metro clear into mid-table but leave the Reds within reach of a pack of sides fighting to get clear of the league’s relegation zone – and other results didn’t help.
Ngongotaha beat Claudelands Rovers 5-2 to get clear of the division’s two relegation spots while Onehunga Mangere United beat Te Atatu 2-0, meaning the lower half of the table is becoming tighter by the week.
Cambridge went a goal behind from a Metro corner late in the first half at Phyllis St when Josh Chemis scored.
The Aucklanders doubled their lead in the 81st minute through Josh Dayal before Cambridge defender Jack Portegys scored his second goal of the season to reduce the deficit with three minutes left.
That’s how the score remained and Cambridge now have six games left – four of them to be played away – to make sure the club doesn’t drop into the two relegation places.
Lotto NRFL second division results
Northland FC v Bucklands Beach AFC – match abandoned due to serious injury
Albany United 3-3 Franklin United (HT: 2-1)
ALB: Alex McTiernan 21′, Lee Robinson 35′, Keagan Brophy 90+3′; FRA: Charlie Heather 5′ 52′, Darren Woolnough 55′
Claudelands Rovers 2-5 Ngongotaha (HT: 2-3)
CLA: Jono Viviani 36′, Perry Katesmark 44′; NGO: Yamil Casas 12′ 41′, Mitch Miller 22′ 59′, Luke Barker 79′
Onehunga Mangere United 2-0 Te Atatu AFC (HT: 2-0)
OMU: Ben Marumaru 28′, Stefan Van Der Heijden 42′
Papakura City FC 0-3 Takapuna AFC (HT: 0-1)
TAK: Matt Hawke 1′, Own Goal 58′, Matt Chant 86′
Metro FC 2-1 Cambridge FC (HT: 1-0)
MET: Josh Chemis 40′, Josh Dayal 81′; CAM: Jack Portegys 87′
Cambridge’s reserves drew 3-3 with Metro FC in the early game.