Two top-tier Auckland clubs tumble out of ISPS Handa Chatham Cup

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Two Northern League clubs are out of the ISPS Handa Chatham Cup after a Queen’s Birthday Weekend round of ties.

Western Springs and West Coast Rangers both lost second-round games.

Rangers’ 2-1 loss to Ngaruawahia United provided the round’s biggest upset, with the Waikato club winning against a side that plays its league football three divisions higher.

Ngaruawahia, who play in the WaiBOP Premiership, took a first minute lead through midfielder Federico Marquez.

Rangers, coached by former Auckland City players Albert Riera and Angel Berlanga, levelled through Ignacio Machuca in the 17th minute.

Liam Shackleton put Ngaruawahia ahead after 56 minutes and the Green Machine defended well for the remainder of the tie to go into the third round draw.

Western Springs lost 4-3 after extra time to Northern League rivals Bay Olympic.

Olympic took a first half lead through an Antonio Bonkovich penalty (5′).

Springs came back in the second half to take the lead through goals by captain Dane Schnell (67′) and Samuela Kautogo (74′).

With two minutes left, referee Nick Waldron awarded Olympic their second penalty which Bonkovich put away, sending the game into extra time.

Olympic again took the lead through Honggyu Han (96′) and increased the score to 4-2 through substitute Jared Colligan (105′).

From the restart, Springs substitute Dawson Straffon reduced the deficit to 4-3 but that’s how the score stayed.

Another Northern League side who scraped home was the league’s third-placed Hamilton Wanderers who needed a penalty shoot-out to beat Lotto NRFL first division side East Coast Bays after the clubs were tied 5-5.

Papakura City, who lead the NRF Men’s Championship, upset first division Metro FC, beating them through penalties after the score was 3-3.

Meanwhile, Northern League leaders Auckland City swept aside Ellerslie 7-0 at Kiwitea Street and second-placed Auckland United cruised home 9-0 against Lotto NRFL second division side Cambridge.


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Photo: Action from the Auckland City v Ellerslie game at Kiwitea Street. Images courtesy of Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.

The teams come out to play. Chatham Cup 2021, Round 2, Auckland City FC v Ellerslie AFC, Kiwitea Street Auckland. Saturday 5th June 2021. Photo: Shane Wenzlick /