A barnstorming finish with three goals in the last 15 minutes saw Cambridge reserves recover from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 in their ANZAC Day Lotto NRFL reserves competition clash at Ngongotaha.
After observing a minute’s silence for those fallen in battle, the teams kicked off in warm conditions at Stembridge Rd.
Cambridge began poorly, conceding a headed goal when the game was only three minutes old.
The Reds then had the better of the play with a ‘goal’ by Andrew Taylor ruled offside, followed by a couple of chances which included a shot rebounding off the Ngongie bar.
Taylor then missed a penalty, sending it high over the bar.
Against the run of play, Ngongotaha then scored a second goal and the teams headed into the break with the home side leading 2-0.
Things got worse for Cambridge early in the second spell when Ngongotaha extended their lead to 3-0.
But the Reds showed determination and wide player Zach Mayo, playing his first club game for two years, pulled a goal back in the 80th minute.
That sparked a full-on revival and pressure paid off when a Ngongotaha defender put into his own net as full-time approached.
In added time, substitute Cristian Angulo turned in the box to score the equaliser from close in (see main photograph), prompting a celebration from the young side.
ANZAC Day Results
Unimount Bohemian Celtic 0, Metro FC 1
Franklin United 2, Claudelands Rovers 3
Oratia United 3, Greenhithe Catimba 1
Ngongotaha 3, Cambridge 3
Albany United 4, Manurewa 1
Onehunga Mangere United v Northland FC (result to come)
Photo gallery 1
The following images were taken by our club’s official photographer Louis Roberts:
Photo gallery 2
The Reds beat Ngongotaha 2-1 in their Lotto NRFL second division fixture which saw the unbeaten Cambridge side go to the top of the league.
Reds’ next fixture
Cambridge play at home this Saturday, hosting newly-promoted Unimount Bohemian Celtic from Auckland.
The reserves kick off at 12.30pm while the main game starts at 3pm.