Rnd 7 Premier Leagues and Knockout Cup – Preview

Third Of The League Gone

The Mainland Premier League (MPL) completes its first full round in the coming days, which means a third of the league will be completed.

On Saturday at 2;45pm FC Twenty11 host Cashmere Technical at Avonhead Park, while Western face Ferrymead Bays at English Park and Ilam Fields will see MPL action for the first time this season when Universities take on Nomads.

On Sunday at Nelson Fields is the venue for the Nelson Suburbs clash against leader’s Coastal Spirit at 1:30pm. On ANZAC Day Suburbs play Bays in their catch-up round 5 game at 1pm.

The Hurley Shield will be on the line when FC face Technical, both teams chasing the win to guarantee themselves a spot in the top three. FC suffered their first defeat at the hands of Coastal on Easter Monday and a draw would see them hold the shield and maintain their unbeaten home run, with Technical have yet to drop a point on the road this season.

Form guide: FC Twenty11 W L W W D L                  Cashmere Technical W W L W L W

Head to Head: Played 9 – FC 1 win, Draws 1, Technical 7 wins

Both Universities and Nomads are sit at the wrong end of the table, both looking for the win to lift themselves clear of bottom place. Universities squad may be effected by the holidays as they chase their second win of the season with Nomads looking to close out a game after twice suffering a loss after leading early in the game.

Form guide: Universities L L L W L L                          Nomads L W L L D D

Head to Head: Played 1 – Universities 1 win, Draws 1, Nomads 3 wins

Bays look set to continue their dominance over long term rivals Western, with Bays chasing their fifth win of the season. Western have been conceding an average three goals per game this season and will have to address this issue quickly, if they have any hope of avoiding the drop.

Form guide: Western L L L L W L                                          Ferrymead Bays W W W L W

Head to Head: Played 39 – Western 10 wins, Draws 9, Bays 20 wins

In what should be the key clash of the round Suburbs take on leaders, Coastal Spirit, in what is the first of three tough homes games for Suburbs. Coastal are sitting on 199 MPL points with Suburbs out to maintain their perfect record at home.

Form guide: Nelson Suburbs L W W L D                  Coastal Spirit W L W W W W

Head to Head: Played 18 – Suburbs 10 wins, Draws 2, Coastal 6 wins

Suburbs back up against Bays two days later before facing Technical in the next round, so depending on Suburbs results against Coastal, points in their clash with Bays may be even more vital, if they are to stay on contact with the leading group. On the other hand, if Bays as expected record a win on Saturday against Western, a win in ANZAC Day will see them move into second place at worst.

Head to Head: Played 39 – Suburbs 14 wins, Draws 10, Bays 15 wins

Top Three Likely To Win

The leading three sides in the Women’s Premier League (WPL) will be favoured to take maximum points in Round 7. Leaders, Cashmere Technical entertain FC Twenty11 at Garrick Memorial Park, Coastal placed Coastal Spirit host Parklands at English Park with third placed Tasman traveling south to play Waimak at Kendall Park, in what is a clash for third place.

All games commence at 12:30pm with Universities having the bye.

Technical will be hoping that their perfect home record against FC continues, in what is FC’s 100th WPL game, the game also doubling as a Hawkey Shield fixture which is the 25th challenge since the shield was introduced in 2014.

Form guide: Cashmere Technical W bye W W W     FC Twenty11 W L D bye L

Head to Head: Played 15 Technical 14 wins, FC 1 win

It will be a major surprise if Coastal do not mark their 150th WPL game with a solid win over neighbours Parklands who sit on the foot of the table, yet to score a goal.

Form guide: Coastal Spirit W W bye L W                 Parklands L L L bye

Head to Head: Played 8 – Coastal 8 wins

Waimak fresh from their first win of the season will be out to secure their first ever point over Tasman. Tasman pressed Technical all the way on Easter Monday before going down by a solitary goal and will want to secure all three points to maintain in touch with Tech and Coastal.

Form guide: Waimak bye L D W                                 Tasman L W W L

Head to Head: Played 3 – Tasman 3 wins

Historic English Cup Gets Underway

On ANZAC Day the opening round of the historic Stadium Cars English Cup will be played, which was first contested in 1913.

Round 1 gets underway with last season’s losing finalist, Coastal Spirit lining up against FC Twenty11 at Cuthberts Green. Selwyn, who top the Canterbury Championship League (CCL) will fancy their changes of the upset when hosting Western, who prop up the MPL at Foster Park. Cashmere Technical entertain Parklands, from the CCL at Garrick Memorial Park. Hornby United, who play in Division two will be hoping that they are the giant killers when the take on Universities at Ilam Fields.

In the all CCL tie, Halswell will play Burwood at Halswell Domain, with all games kicking-off at 1:15pm. Current cup holder, Ferrymead Bays tie against Nomads has been deferred due to Ferrymead playing their catch up MPL game against Suburbs. Both Christchurch United and Hurunui Rangers have drawn a bye into the next round.

Reta Fitzpatrick Cup Semi’s Up For Grabs

With only seven teams having entered the Stadium Car Reta Fitzpatrick Cup semi-final places are up for grabs on ANZAC Day at 1.15pm. Current holders Coastal Spirit have been drawn away to Universities at Ilam Fields. FC Twenty11 will be at home at Avonhead Park to Cashmere Technical. Kendall Park will see cup action, when Waimak have the home advantage against Parklands, while Halswell have drawn the bye into the semi’s.