Goalkeeper sent off as Paul Ifill’s Christchurch United exit Chatham Cup

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Past cup holders Christchurch United have crashed out of this year’s competition in a drama-laden loss to Ferrymead Bays under Friday night lights.

Ferrymead eventually won 3-2 after extra time but not without incident.

Mika Rabuka had given the Paul Ifill-coached United side the lead after 37 minutes.

Ryan Stanley levelled for Ferrymead on the hour and Bays took the lead in the 81st minute when United ‘keeper Scott Morris was credited with an own goal.

With Bays seemingly set to win, United substitute Daniel Maclennan came up with an equaliser with just a minute of normal time left.

But then, drama as goalkeeper Morris was sent off for handling the ball outside his penalty area.

The game went into extra time and Stanley found the winner half-way through the first period.

Referee Mike Killick had a busy evening, issuing six yellow cards (two to Bays, four to United) as well as the straight red for Morris.

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June 3, 2022

Ferrymead Bays 3 (Ryan Stanley 60′, 97′, own goal 81′)
Christchurch United 2 (Mika Rabuka 37′, Daniel Maclennan 89′)

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