Reds go down by the barest of margins – again

Cambridge’s run of tight results continued at South Auckland’s Drury Sports Complex when the Reds were shaded 3-2 by Franklin United.

The loss was Cambridge’s fifth in which the margin was a solitary goal in this season’s Lotto NRFL second division.

Going into the game, both sides knew a win would lift the victors into at least seventh place on the 12-team ladder.

Franklin got off to the better start, charging to a 2-0 lead with a double from Jake McCoy (22′ and 37′).

As half-time approached, Cambridge’sTom Woutersen created a chance for Dylan Blair who clawed back a goal for the Reds, sending the sides into the break 2-1.

The Reds recovery continued as the second half got underway when Josh Nooijen found a 52nd-minute equaliser to make it 2-2.

Franklin restored their lead with a third goal from Kartik Kumar in the 67th minute and the Aucklanders almost added a fourth when Matt Lieshout struck a penalty off the post.

Next Saturday, Cambridge will meet UniMount Bohemian at John Kerkhof Park (3pm).

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Lotto NRFL second division results

Tuesday result:

Uni-Mount Bohemian AFC 1 (Alex Moore 70’)
Onehunga Mangere United 6 (Gilberto Souza 29’ 56’ 65’ 90’, Matt Metzger 62’, Glen Lewis 90’)
HT 0-1

Saturday results:

Papatoetoe AFC 4 (Ashley Gower-Rudman 12’, Imraan Shah 36’, Maysum Shafahi 65’ 72’ – PEN)
Greenhithe Catimba 4 (Patrick Waller 33’, David Ezequiel Sadrinas 49’, Davi Virgilio De Carvalho Stemler Veiga 76’, Luca Oratali 88’)
HT 2-1

Beachlands Maraetai AFC 1 (Mark Giles 38’)
Hibiscus Coast AFC 3 (Matt Russell 10’, Nate Canton 68’, Tyler Agiovlassitis 70’)
HT 1-1

Claudelands Rovers AFC 4 (Jono Viviani 6’, Jack Marden 55’, Harry Christensen-Rose 78’ 83’)
Oratia United 0
HT 1-0

Franklin United 3 (Jake McCoy 22’ 37’, Kartik Kumar 67’)
Cambridge FC 2 (Dylan Blair 45’, Josh Nooijen 52’)
HT 2-1

Fencibles United 2 (Josh Hardford 30’, Sione Fa’apoi 39’)
Northland FC 1 (Kyle Levell 70’)
HT 2-0

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In the early game, Franklin United and Cambridge shared the spoils in a 3-3 draw.

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