Cambridge were beaten 3-0 in their last match on the road this season, a result that kept alive Manurewa’s hopes of taking out the Lotto NRFL second division title.
With only one game left – at home to Metro FC next Saturday – Cambridge had already secured a league placing higher than last year’s 7th spot.
But hopes were high for the Reds to cause an upset at Manurewa’s War Memorial Ground.
Cambridge played with a strong wind behind them in the first half and had several half-chances early.
Claims for a penalty were turned down after Reds striker Josh Clarkin went down (see photo) in a strong tackle.
The killer blow came two minutes before the interval when Rewa’s Dylan Laing-McConnell gave the home side a lead.
With the wind behind them in the second half, Rewa pressed home their advantage and doubled their lead through Phil Paul in the 65th minute.
Substitute Sam Hart made sure of the win with a third goal 75 minutes into the match.
The Reds’ next game is on Saturday August 31 (3pm) when they host Metro FC at John Kerkhof Park in their last game of the Northern League season.
Lotto NRFL second division results
Northland FC 2 (Brett Plant 21’, Jonathan Fletcher 78’)
Oratia United 0
Albany United 6 (Damien Mosquera 12’, Jake Beguely 37’ 64’ 70’, Tom Beguely 52’, Marc Porter 83’)
Greenhithe Catimba 2 (Nicolas Aravena Corrales 11’, Marvin Youhana 73’)
Metro FC 4 (Mario Aroca 15’, Pablo Yackson Carabajal 19’, Oliver Moxham 58’ 86’)
Claudelands Rovers 2 (Own Goal 26’, Jono Viviani 44’)
Onehunga Mangere United 1 (Abraham Khalil 12’)
Franklin United 0
*Ngongotaha AFC have been relegated from the LOTTO NRFL Men’s Division Two.
*Beachlands Maraetai have earned promotion into next year’s LOTTO NRFL Men’s Division Two.
Cambridge lost 1-0 to Manurewa reserves in the early game.