Technical Chasing English Cup To Claim Clean Sweep, Can United Stop Them?
Cashmere Technical are looking go through the season unbeaten when their face Christchurch United in the historic Blackwells Holden English Cup Final at English Park on Saturday at 6pm.
Technical were run away winners of the New World Men’s Premier League (MPL), took out the South Island Football Championship, against Green Island, to claim South Island supremacy and successfully defended the Hurley Shield – season long, so will be out to lift the cup for the fourth season on the bounce.
United finished in sixth place in the league but in cup football form counts for little with United pushing Technical all the way in the Cup Final last year, with Technical needing a goal deep into stoppage time to lift the cup 1 – 0. The Rams celebrated their 50th Anniversary last weekend and will be out to cause the upset in their first season back in the MPL, which has been hampered due to several serious injuries to key players.
In the league Technical won all three of their encounters against United with conceding a goal and if Technical lift the cup it will be the first time a club has won the cup, more than three times since Western won the cup for a record seven consecutive seasons between 1935 and 1941.
The English Cup was first played for in 1913 and this is the 101st time that the cup has been played for – United have won the 6 times and Cashmere Technical 4 times since their merger in 2012.
Path to Final
Round 1: Burwood 2 – 0
Quarter Final: St Albans Shirley 3 – 1 AET
Semi-Final: Coastal Spirit 1 – 0
Round 1: Bye
Quarter Final: Waimak 1 – 1 United 4 – 2 on pens
Semi-Final: FC Twenty11 1 – 0
Previous Winners Of Steve Summer Medal – First Introduced in 2017
2017 – Danny Boys (Cashmere Technical)
2018 – Sean Liddicoat (Coastal Spirit)
2019 – Benja Lapslie (Cashmere Technical)
Head To Head This Season In New World Men’s Premier League: United 0 Technical 1, United 0 Technical 4, Technical 2 United 0
History of English Cup:
Named after Robert English (1874-1934).
Mr English was an engineer for the Christchurch Gasworks and president of the Canterbury Football Association 1911-1928. He was largely responsible for the acquisition of English Park for the Canterbury Football Association code and the park was given his name in 1915 as a compliment to his work. He donated the English Cup for the knock-out competition in Canterbury first-grade Association football.