Miramar Rangers chase their fifth Chatham Cup final win

Wellington’s Miramar Rangers will aim to land their fifth Chatham Cup when they meet Christchurch’s Cashmere Technical in the much-disrupted finale to the cup’s 2021 competition.

After COVID-19 cut short the 2021 season, Rangers had to wait till February 2022 to learn whether they would reach the cup final.

As it transpired, a decision by North Shore United to not travel to Wellington for the semi-final with Rangers meant the berth in the final came through a match default.

The date and venue of the final is yet to be announced by NZ Football.

Main photo: Miramar Rangers … champions of the 2021 South/Central Series

Rangers’ cup record

Rangers have won the cup in 1966, 1992, 2004 and 2010.

Lifting it again in 2022 would be a fitting way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their 1992 victory.

In that game, Rangers beat Waikato United 3-1 at Wellington’s Basin Reserve.

Darren Fellows put Waikato ahead early before Billy Wright levelled for Rangers. Wright scored again with a second half penalty and a late goal from Vaughan Coveny wrapped up the game for the Barrie Truman-coached Wellington club.

Winner of the Jack Batty Memorial Cup for Player of the Game was Rangers’ Neal Cave.

Read the match programme

Here’s the match programme from the 1992 final – converted to a digital format by Friends of Football with assistance from the late Dave Petraska.

Click on the image to open the magazine

Cashmere Technical’s cup record

Finalists Cashmere Technical will be playing in their 10th final – the first six played as Technical Old Boys and a seventh as Christchurch Technical.

They will be chasing their fourth cup victory, having won previously in 1948, 2013 and 2014.

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