Cashmere Technical and Nelson Suburbs both reached the quarter final round of the ISPS Handa Chatham Cup after knocking out Caversham 2 – 0 and Queenstown Rovers 6 – 1, respectively.
It is the first time that two clubs from the Mainland Federation region have reached the final eight of the national competition, since the federation was formed in 2002.
Technical made the ideal start when Michael White scored, with the aid of a deflection, after just eight minutes, and then, had the better of the reminder of the opening half with Technical dominating the midfield battle.
Just after the beak a run from teenager, Lyle Matthysen set up the second goal after his cross was turned into his own net by defender, Craig Ferguson. Caversham then fully tested the Tech defence, with keeper Danny Knight more than equal to any danger that come his way, racking up yet other clean sheet.
Suburbs marathon journey to Queenstown, busing to Christchurch via Arthurs Pass on Friday and staying overnight before flying into Queenstown on Saturday morning, did not appear to affect their performance.
A Kristian Gibson penalty saw Suburbs lead after 25 minutes, Matt Tod-Smith added a second five minutes later, with Rovers conceding a third when Omar Guardiola scored in added time of the first half. Ben Wright then claimed a double early in the second half, before Gareth Beale pulled a goal back for the home side with Rovers then conceding an own goal with 20 minutes to play.
The quarter finals draw will be conducted by New Zealand Football on Tuesday this week , the quarter-final ties to be played over the weekend of 5/6 August. The other quarter finalists are Central Craig Ferguson. United, Onehunga Sports, Bay Olympic, Western Suburbs, Wairarapa United and current cup holders Birkenhead United.
Record Win For Tasman In Catch-Up Game
Tasman raced to their biggest ever win in the Mainland Women’s Premier League, 9 – 0 when defeating Universities in their catch-up game from Round 5, the result also the biggest win of the season and leaving them clear in third place, five points ahead of FC Twenty11.
Tasman had the fixture wrapped up by the break, after bagging five goals. Briar Luff and Kaisa Tsuruta lead the way claiming a hat-trick each, with other goals to Kelsey Barrett, Morgan Moore and Tiana Williams.
Reta Fitzpatrick Cup Semi-Final
Monday evening will see the first of the semi-final played in the Stadium Cars Reta Fitzpatrick Cup, Halswell United taking on current holders, Cashmere Technical at the Christchurch Football Centre, Yaldhurst Road at 7pm.
Halswell are unbeaten in the Development League and will be looking to become the first non-premier league side to reach the Cup Final. The two sides met earlier in the season the in National Knockout Cup, Technical winning 3 – 0.
Results / Scorers
ISPS Handa Chatham Cup
Cashmere Technical 2 (Michael White, own goal) Caversham 0 HT 1 – 0
Queenstown Rovers 1 (Gareth Beale) Nelson Suburbs 6 (Ben Wright 2, Kristian Gibson â€“ pen, Matt Tod-Smith, Omar Guardiola, own goal) HT 3 – 0
Mainland Women’s Premier League – Round 5 Catch-up
Tasman 9 (Briar Luff 3, Kaisa Tsuruta 3, Kelsey Barrett, Morgan Moore, Tiana Williams) Universities 0 HT 5 – 0