Franklin United returned to Bledisloe Park on Saturday 12 August knowing that only a win against Metro United would keep their Division 1 hopes alive. Metro were sitting one place above on level points.
Franklin started the game with the intention of taking it to Metro. Both Cody Rickard and Fifi were effective on the wings for Franklin and Metro were finding it hard to clear their lines against a stiff breeze. A slick passing move from the right found midfielder Mark Thompson one on one v the keeper his shot excellently saved. Franklin continued to press. Cody Rickard crossed from the left eluding the oncoming striker. Shamil Rao was causing the metro defence problems all afternoon but was unfortunately booked when what looked like a penalty ended up in him being booked as the referee saw it as a dive. A move between Salesh Kumar and Fifi on the right saw the classy Kumar cut in from the right and unleash a low drive into the bottom corner leaving the Metro keeper no chance.
HT Franklin United 1 Metro United 0
The second half saw Chris Abbott replace the injured Thompson. With Salesh moving back into the midfield, Franklin United seemed to find playing into the wind less of a problem and continued to press on both flanks. Finally, Shameel got the goal he deserved to make it 2-0. This seemed to relax Franklin who went on the rampage. Rao nearly adding a third but this spurred Metro into life who immediately set off on the attack catching the Franklin midfield out and a rasping drive brought a great save out of Glenn Pascoe in the Franklin goal. However, a penalty and two more classy finishes by Rao taking his tally to four on the day. Cody Rickard who worked tirelessly on the left all day got his first for the club with a cool finish. Metro looked down and out and couldn’t be more relieved when the referee blew the whistle for full time. A great team effort from every member of the Franklin squad in this crucial fight for Division 1 survival.
FT Franklin United 6 – Metro United 0
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