Tough Day In The Office For Coastal In Cup Final
Despite showing plenty of fight in the second half it was a tough day in the office for Coastal Spirit in the NZ Football Foundation Kate Sheppard Cup Final after conceding two early goals to Eastern Suburb.
A further two more before the break meant they were never able to recover from with the Auckland side going on to claim the cup for first time by a 4 – 0 margin.
Suburbs took the lead with their first attacking move which saw Jade Parris find an untroubled Hannah Pilley to score in the 4th minute. Whitney Hepburn then went close before the ‘Lilywhites’ doubled their lead when Tayla O’Brien finished off a slick passing movement, with Coastal feeling O’Brien was offside.
From a corner Coastal saw their best chance of the half go begging when Laura Dabner’s shot was just wide. Suburbs had a clear advantage down the right with Coastal at times struggling to deal with the movement and pace of Pilley, O’Brien and Erinna Wong in particular. After Suburbs saw two good chances just wide of the goal, Lucy Carter combined well to send Pilley racing away from defendersto find the back of the net in the 25th minute. Ten minutes later Pilley was allowed to run unchecked down the right again before picking out Parris who laid the ball back to O’Brien to extend the ‘Lilywhites’ lead.
With Suburbs well in control Coastal needed to scorer early after the break, but they were only allowed a handful of half chances with Suburbs going close to increasing their lead several times in the closing stages of the game.
NZ Football Foundation Kate Sheppard Cup Final
Eastern Suburbs 4 (Hannah Pilley 2, Tayla O’Brien 2) Coastal Spirit 0 HT: 4 – 0
Technical Score Winner In Final Seconds Of English Cup Final
Cashmere Technical left it to the last few seconds of the third minute of added time to score and defeat Christchurch United 1 – 0, in the 100th edition of the Blackwells Holden English Cup. With the Final seemingly headed for extra time United keeper, Eddie Ashton was finally beaten when Benji Lapslie scored from a tight angle to the left of the goal to give Technical their third win in a row in the historic trophy match with Lapslie named as the MVP to win the Steve Summer Medal.
Ashton was the star for United pulling off many saves after Technicsal dominated the shooting chances during the match. Finbar Gallaway went close twice for Technical in the opening period with the first half ending with Ashton denying Lyle Matthysen twice in quick succession.
Geoff MacIntyre went close for United just after the break. Technical continued to threaten with tall United defender, Jude Fitzpatrick leading the way to close down many attacks with Ashton again outstanding. With 20 minutes to play Tom Schwarz went close with Ashton blocking the shot and then quickly recovering as Andy Tuckey tried to force the loose ball home. Minutes later the post saved United with Tech having two great chances to finally break the deadlock as the game heading into added time.
United now head into their utlimate goal of the season, winning promotion back into the Mainland Premier League and now face FC Nelson, winner’s of the Nelson Bays top league, a contest that will be played home and away over the coming fortnight, starting away at Guppy Park next Saturday at 1pm.
Blackwells Holden English Cup Final
Cashmere Technical 1 (Benji Lapslie) Christchurch United 0 HT 1 – 0
Words: Gavin Searle