Christchurch United Into Quarter Finals Of Chatham Cup
Christchurch United moved in the quarter final stage of the ISPS Handa Chatham Cup after continuing their giant killing cup run, edging Nelson Suburbs 2 – 1 in an exciting tie in Christchurch on Saturday evening.
United took the lead in their first serious attack of the game when Michael White skipped clear of the defence to finish well after eight minutes. Suburbs levelled midway into the half after being awarded a free kick in front of goal which James McClay scored direct from.
White, a former Suburbs player, limped off after thirty minutes and was replaced by former youth international, Geoff MacIntyre. Suburbs then created several good chances but could not make them count before the break.
Into the second half, and the chances came at both ends with Suburbs going close several times with United always looking dangerous on the counter. With around 15 minutes to play, Suburbs felt they should have had a penalty, which resulted in Suburbs Assistant Coach, Neil Connell sent from the dugout.
With three minutes to play, MacIntyre was free in space to the right of goal with his shot deflecting off a Suburbs defender and on to the post and into the net. There was more drama in added time when Ryan Stewart was brought down in the area by a United defender. With his team-mates appealing long and hard for a penalty, the visitors felt short-changed when their shouts went unanswered with the final whistle sounding shortly after.
United will now be joined by Caversham, who needed extra time before defeating Roslyn Wakari 3 – 2, as the last two South Island teams in the cup. Along with six teams from the North Island, to the ‘open’ draw, which will be conducted by NZ Football at Midday on Tuesday with the quarter finals set down for the 4/5 August.
Coastal Move Into Semi-Finals Of Kate Sheppard Cup
Coastal Spirit moved into the semi-final round of the NZ Football Foundation Kate Sheppard when knocking out current cup holders, Dunedin Technical 5 – 3 on penalties; both the sides were locked together at 1 – 1 after extra time in Dunedin on Saturday evening.
As expected, the tie was a tight affair with neither side able to breach the others defence during normal time, Coastal having the better of the game.
Into extra time and Mel Cameron finally broke the deadlock with a stunning strike in the 98th minute. Just when it looked like Cameron’s strike would be enough to decide the game Madeline Roseke levelled for Technical with three minutes to play.
Into penalties and Coastal went first and scored with Coastal’s keeper Una Foyle then saving Tech’s first kick, diving to her left to push the ball wide.
Both sides then scored from their other spot kick. Coastal, who won the cup in 2014, will be joined by Auckland’s Eastern Suburbs, Hamilton Wanderers and Wellington United in the semi-final draw on Tuesday, with the semi’s to be played on the weekend of 24 / 25 August.
Big Wins In #WPL19
Cashmere Technical and Waimakariri recorded big wins in the Women’s Premier League with Technical defeating Halswell 6 – 0 with Waimak scoring 8, without reply against Universities.
Emma Kench opened the scoring early for Tech, before Jonelle Arthur when doubled the lead in the 20th minute to complete the first half scoring, with Halswell missing several regular starters.
Kench bagged a double when lifting the ball over Halswell keeper, Rosie Pentecost. Pentecost was having her first WPL outing and had a great debut and one stage pulled off three stunning saves in a matter of minutes.
Marisa van der Meer extended the lead before Kench completed her hat-trick, with Macey Fraser adding the final goal with three minutes to play. Technical will now take on Coastal in the first semi-final of the Blackwells Holden Reta Fitzpatrick Cup on Wednesday evening at English Park.
Waimakariri picked up their biggest home win at the expense of Universities, with the win elevating Waimak in to third place on the table ahead of Halswell.
Jayda Stewart became the first player this season to claim two hat-tricks for the season with Abbey Neilson bagging a brace with Libby Latimer, Freya Lodge and Kayla Thomas all scoring once. Stewart has now scored eight times to close within one of Golden Boot leader, Coastal’s Mel Cameron.
Plenty of Goals In Opening Round Of #MPQL19
Plenty of goals marked the opening round, of nine in the Mainland Premier Qualifying League on Saturday with home sides scoring 20 of the 24 goals, with Burwood, who finished in second place on the Canterbury Championship League (CCL) causing the upset when defeating FC Twenty11 from the Mainland Premier League 4 – 3. Burwood skipped out to a 4 – 0 lead
Parklands, from the CCL opened the scoring against Ferrymead Bays but another upset was ruled out with Bays then scoring nine unanswered goals. Selwyn scored twice in the opening six minutes against Halswell to take control before going on to win 6 – 0. In the closest game of the round in the all CCL clash, Waimakariri found the back of the after just three minutes against St Albans Shirley which turned out to be the only goal of the game. The game between Christchurch United and Universities was deferred due to United playing in the Chatham Cup.
Words supplied – Gavin Searle – Mainland Football
Results / Scorers
ISPS Handa Chatham Cup
Christchurch United 2 (Michael White, Geoff MacIntyre) Nelson Suburbs 1 (James McClay) HT 1 – 1
NZ Football Foundation Kate Sheppard Cup
Dunedin Technical 1 (Madeline Roseke) Coastal Spirit 1 (Mel Cameron) after extra time FT 0 – 0 Coastal Spirit win 5 – 4 on pens
Mainland Women’s Premier League
Halswell 0 Cashmere Technical 6 (Emma Kench 3, Jonelle Arthur, Marisa van der Meer, Macey Faser) HT 0 – 2
Waimakariri 8 (Jada Stewart 3, Abbey Neilson 2, Libby Latimer, Freya Lodge, Kayla Thomas) Universities 0 HT 4 – 0