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University started brightly at Sunnyvale with plenty of ball possession but Green Island closed down playmakers Tom Stewart and Oban Hawkins.
Green Island went ahead on 10 minutes when Tom Milton was fouled in the box after a clumsy challenge and Milton scored from the spot himself.
Green Island duo Matt Brazier and Eddie Wilkinson were combining well and causing the student defence problems.
Brazier made it 2-0 on 35 minutes when, under pressure, he held off his marker to score.
It was Wilkinson’s turn to run at the defence and, as he drew players, squared the ball to Brazier to slot in the third on 53 minutes.
University was denied six minutes later when Christian Firth made a quality save, and the visiting side was twice denied by the woodwork.
With just under quarter of an hour left, University was reduced to 10 men following a red card for a studs-up challenge on Wilkinson.
Queenstown hammered Dunedin Technical 9-0 at Tahuna Park.
Nicholas Smith started the scoring in the ninth minute but Willem Ebbinge was the star of the show with five goals.
Queenstown fielded three 16-year-old players and one of them, Finley Husheer, scored with a neat side-foot finish four minutes after coming on in the 75th minute.
Queenstown is still in the race for the top four. Victory over Green Island next week, combined with Wanaka dropping points against University, would give Queenstown the final spot.
Wanaka has had a great season and, with a 5-1 win over Northern at Forrester Park, the side has its destiny in its hands.
Mosgiel also ensured its place in the top four while cutting Caversham out in a 1-1 draw at Hancock Park.
Mosgiel started the better and, within five minutes, Cam Anderson was free through the middle of the Caversham defence.
He played the ball ahead for Aidan Barbour-Ryan, who calmly finished past Caversham's Sean van Dyk.
Caversham came out firing in the second half, desperate to keep its season alive. It dominated most of the play and introduced Ben Wade off the bench.
Wade hit the post, then the pressure eventually produced a deserved equaliser in the 73rd minute, Olivier Cassidy placing a superb side-footed effort into the top left-hand corner of the goal past the outstretched Liam Whittaker.
- Neville Watson