Cup football will dominate for spectators looking for goals and excitement over the Queen’s Birthday Weekend.
The round 2 games for the Kate Sheppard Cup (women’s) and the ISPS Handa Chatham Cup (men’s) competitions will provide plenty of options for the neutral fan.
Our pick of the games
Catch the Western Springs v Birkenhead United women’s cup tie at Seddon Fields, under lights at 7.15pm.
There’s always a good atmosphere under the lights and Springs are currently leading the Northern Women’s Premier League.
Here’s a double-header you might enjoy. Head to Waikaraka Park and at 11am, you can watch the Kate Sheppard match between Onehunga Sports and Northern Rovers.
At 2pm, at the same venue, watch Auckland United take on Cambridge in the Chatham Cup.
In recent seasons, Cambridge have built a reputation as a cup team that punches above its weight, making the likes of Birkenhead United, Central United and Glenfield Rovers all fight for cup wins.
Waikato spectators can head to Porritt Stadium for a 1pm tie between Hamilton Wanderers and East Coast Bays, two Northern League sides unlucky to meet so early in the competition. Only one can go through … so expect a tense and even match-up.
Northlanders get the chance to see Northland FC host Kate Sheppard cup holders Eastern Suburbs at Trigg Arena (1pm).
Northland FC have been building their women’s programme in recent seasons and they’ll be keen to show what they can do against the highly-rated Suburbs.
In Auckland, there’s a cracking pairing of Albany United – who reached the last four of the Chatham Cup in 2019 – and Eastern Suburbs. The Chatham Cup tie starts at Rosedale Park at 2pm.
Auckland’s missed a trick on Monday with no cup ties lined up.
But there are 18 Chatham Cup ties being staged around the country.
Kate Sheppard Cup
Ellerslie AFC v Waikato Unicol AFC
Papamoa FC v Auckland United FC
Onehunga Sports FC v Northern Rovers FC
West Coast Rangers FC v Papakura City FC
Bucklands Beach AFC v Hamilton Wanderers
Rotorua Utd AFC v Franklin United FC
Western Springs AFC v Birkenhead Utd AFC
Northland United v Eastern Suburbs AFC
Wellington United v Waterside Karori
Wairarapa Utd v New Plymouth Rangers AFC
Victoria University v Petone FC
PN Marist FC v Upper Hutt City Football
Cashmere Technical v Coastal Spirit
Blenheim Valley Sports Inc v Richmond Athletic AFC
Mosgiel AFC v Otago University AFC
Green Island AFC v Dunedin Technical AFC
Franklin United FC v Birkenhead United AFC
Auckland United FC v Cambridge FC
Onehunga Mangere United AFC v Mt Albert-Ponsonby AFC
West Hamilton Utd FC v Northern Rovers FC
Waikato Unicol AFC v Manurewa AFC
Melville Utd AFC v Waitemata FC
Hamilton Wanderers v East Coast Bays AFC
Auckland City FC v Ellerslie AFC
Waiheke Utd AFC v FC Whangarei
Bay Olympic FC v Western Springs AFC
Albany United FC v Eastern Suburbs AFC
Papakura City FC v Metro FC
West Auckland v Tauranga City AFC
Claudelands Rovers SC v Manukau United FC
North Shore United AFC v Ranui Swanson FC
Ngaruawahia Utd AFC Inc v West Coast Rangers FC
Wellington United v Wellington Olympic
Stop Out SC v Kapiti Coast Utd
Miramar Rangers AFC v Havelock North Wanderers AFC
North Wellington FC v Wainuiomata
Tawa AFC v Waterside Karori
Wairarapa United v Napier City Rovers AFC
Lower Hutt City AFC v Island Bay United AFC
Western Suburbs FC v Upper Hutt City Football
Rangers AFC v Nelson Suburbs FC
Coastal Spirit v Burwood AFC
Ferrymead Bays FC v Christchurch Utd
Cashmere Technical v Selwyn United FC
Wanaka AFC v Gore Wanderers AFC
Northern AFC v Green Island AFC
South City Royals FC v Mosgiel AFC
Queenstown AFC v Otago University AFC