A strong finish by Te Atatu has ended Cambridge reserves’ 12-match unbeaten run in the Lotto NRFL second division reserves competition.
Despite leading twice through leading scorer Andrew Taylor, the Reds were overhauled by late goals from Te Atatu who took out the match 3-2.
The result means the competition title will be decided in the final match when the division’s two leaders, Cambridge and Takapuna, meet at Taharoto Park, Auckland, on Saturday September 1.
In the match today (August 18), Cambridge took a first half lead when Taylor scored his 22nd goal of the year.
Te Atatu levelled after the interval but Taylor made it 2-1 when he netted from the penalty spot midway through the half.
But Cambridge’s lead didn’t last long.
The home side made it 2-2 and then produced a winner as the final whistle loomed.
The loss at Te Atatu sees Cambridge reserves drop from the top spot on the competition table for the first time this season.
The Reds now sit in second place to Takapuna with both teams on 50 points. The Aucklanders have a goal difference that is three goals better than Cambridge.
This means Takapuna can take the title on September 1 with a win or draw against Cambridge at Taharoto Park, whereas a win to the Reds will ensure the title comes to John Kerkhof Park.
In the main game, the Reds beat Te Atatu 5-0 to allay any risk of relegation from the Northern League.
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The final match of the season will see Cambridge play Takapuna at their McFetridge Park ground on September 1.
Cambridge is taking a full-sized bus to Takapuna for the Northern League double header which will end the season.
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