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THE Dunedin City Royals continued their momentum but were made to work hard for their 2-0 win over Mosgiel on Saturday.
Mosgiel, short of its attacking trio, set up to frustrate the high-flying Royals in the Southern League clash.
In the first half, Connor Neil’s well-struck free kick was tipped on to the crossbar by Mosgiel keeper Dan Robinson, and Ben Stanley had a goal chalked off for offside.
Despite conceding plenty of territory and possession, it looked like Mosgiel might hold on for an unlikely point.
It took the 70th minute introduction of substitute Ryan Fleming to break the deadlock and, two minutes later, the Royals took the lead from a corner that was partially cleared.
Sean Cooper received the ball, turned his marker and delivered a telling cross from the edge of the penalty box.
The ball was met with a resounding thumping header from Ollie Peterson that gave Robinson no chance.
The Royals made sure of all three points in injury time, following another corner that was partially cleared.
The incoming shot was well parried by Robinson, but Stanley was on hand to sweep home from 12 yards, to get the goal that his all-round play throughout the full 90 minutes deserved.
Green Island lost 3-1 at Sunnyvale to Nelson Suburbs.
Nelson took the lead early in the match through Cory Larson, and Josh Moffatt doubled the lead on 17 minutes.
Midway through the second half, Cam Brewitt reduced the deficit.
However, Aiden Higgs secured all three points for Nelson with 10 minutes to go.
Nelson’s win combined with Ferrymead’s 1-1 draw with Cashmere Tech means that Nelson is now only five points away from the second-placed Cashmere.
Selwyn United’s one point from its 2-2 draw with Nomads United pulls it level with Green Island on four points at the bottom of the table.
Yesterday, former Green Island midfielder Eddie Wilkinson scored twice to lead runaway leader Christchurch United to a 4-0 win over Coastal Spirit.
In the Southern Women’s Premiership, the Dunedin City Royals continued their dominance with a 10-0 win over Northern.
Shontelle Smith scored four goals, while Nieve Collin managed a hat-trick off the bench.
Roslyn-Wakari secured a 4-0 win over Mosgiel in the other game.
In the ODT Southern Premier League, Northern’s Tyler Muir continued his goal scoring streak with a brace and Al Julanda Al Mawali added one in a 3-0 home victory over Queens Park.
Mosgiel moved up the table with a 2-0 win over University, second-half goals to Taylor Donaldson and Jean Lee helping the Plainsmen move to fifth spot
In yesterday’s clash between the two top teams, Royals beat Roslyn 2-1.