Three late goals rescue draw for reserves at Ngongotaha

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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)

League table

Photo gallery 1

The following images were taken by our club’s official photographer Louis Roberts:

Photo gallery 2

Coach’s comments

First team

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.

Check here for match report.

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.

Lotto NRFL fixture list

Click here to see the Reds’ Northern League fixtures for 2019

Player bio’s

Click here to see who’s in the Reds’ 2019 Northern League squad