Reds reserves go within a whisker of pulling off upset win against Franklin

Cambridge’s reserves almost pulled off an upset win at title-chasing Franklin United but were forced to share the points when they conceded in the last minute of play.

The youthful Cambridge side showed they were up for the challenge against second-placed Franklin when they took the lead in the 15th minute through James Greentree.

The home side levelled on the half-hour through Michael De Ponte and the sides turned around at 1-1.

Early in the second half, Lars Hansen scored his first goal for Cambridge, putting the Reds in front.

Cambridge extended their lead to 3-1 when Prashneel Roy put through his own goal in the 64th minute.

That ignited a fightback from Franklin, who had lost only once this season, and they clawed back a goal when Marc Lindsay found the net with ten minutes left.

Cambridge tried to hold their lead but in the final minute, substitute Preston Peters scored the equaliser for Franklin.

Meanwhile, competition leaders Fencibles United lost 3-4 to Northland in an upset.

Next Saturday, Cambridge reserves will meet the second string side from UniMount Bohemian at John Kerkhof Park (12.30pm).

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Franklin United 3, Cambridge 3

Fencibles United 3 Northland 4

UniMount Bohemian 1 Onehunga Mangere 1

Papatoetoe 2 Greenhithe Catimba 2

Beachlands Maraetai 4 Hibiscus Coast 3

Claudelands Rovers 1 Oratia United 2

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