Northern teams have taken three of the Chatham Cup semi-final spots in a day of typical cup drama that saw plenty of goals, two red cards and another goalkeeper’s name on a winning scoresheet.
Auckland City, Eastern Suburbs, Hamilton Wanderers and Wellington Olympic will all go into next week’s semi-final draw.
Here’s our round-up of the cup quarter-finals:
De Vries hat-trick powers Navy Blues into semi-finals
Auckland City’s quest for a spectacular treble continues after they powered past Dunedin City Royals, beating them 6-0 at Dunedin’s Artificial Turf Stadium.
Striker Ryan de Vries led the way with a hat-trick, and the Navy Blues were always in charge after racing to a 3-0 lead in the opening 18 minutes.
De Vries got the ball rolling with a goal in the 9th minute.
Skipper Cam Howieson added a second from the penalty spot in the 13th minute.
Joe Lee made it 3-0 after 18 minutes, and the visitors were cruising.
De Vries added his second of the day in the 41st minute to give City a 4-0 lead at half-time.
City coach Albert Riera made a triple substitution in the 58th minute and it paid off within four minutes when striker Emiliana Tade struck in the 62nd minute.
De Vries finished his hat-trick in the 75th minute to ensure a comfortable margin for City who face a nine game run-in to their season if they want to add the OFC Champions League and the Chatham Cup to the Northern League title already secured.
Main photo: Ryan de Vries … a quarter-final hat-trick. Photo: Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.
Suburbs chase 7th cup win as Waiheke dream ends
Waiheke United’s Chatham Cup dream is over, ended by six-time Chatham Cup winners Eastern Suburbs who had to play the last 15 minutes with only 10 men.
The sides played a scoreless first half at Onetangi Stadium before a tense second spell proved decisive.
Suburbs’ winning goal came in the 58th minute from Jake Michell.
In the next six minutes, two Suburbs names — captain Michael Built and Kelvin Kalua — went into referee CK Kawana-Waugh’s book, joining Jaiden Van der Heijden who had received his yellow card a few minutes early.
The warnings weren’t heeded by Suburbs and defender Tyler Lissette was given a straight red in the 75th minute, his third sending off this season.
Waiheke tried to take advantage, using their subs in a late charge for an equaliser.
Suburbs brought on three subs of their own in the last 10 minutes as they played down the clock.
Finally, the whistle went. For Waiheke, their campaign was over.
For the Lilywhites, a semi-final beckons and with it, the chance to raise football’s oldest club cup for a seventh time.
Cup holders Technical go out to Wellington Olympic
Cup holders Cashmere Technical are out of the competition, after losing an exciting quarter-final 3-2 to Wellington Olympic at Wakefield Park.
The Christchurch side took the lead through Lyle Matthysen in the 7th minute.
However Olympic levelled after 22 minutes when Andrew Storer was judged to have put into his own net.
The sides turned around with the scores locked 1-1.
Olympic struck six minutes into the second half when Kailan Gould made it 2-1 from the penalty spot.
In the 69th minute, Tor Davenport Petersen extended the lead to 3-1.
With five minutes to go, referee Sean Reilly awarded Cashmere a penalty.
Garbhan’s first attempt was saved but a retake was ordered and he made no mistake.
Olympic had to survive the last five minutes; they did and their name goes into Tuesday’s draw.
Wanderers repel late charge by Miramar Rangers
Hamilton Wanderers survived a late comeback to beat Miramar Rangers 4-3 at David Farrington Park.
The Hamilton side had led 4-0 with 10 minutes to go before the home side came with a late charge, closing the gap to a single goal.
Wanderers took the lead through Aaron Bayliss after 17 minutes and they took that lead into half-time.
After the break, John Clout doubled the visitors’ lead in the 62nd minute.
In the 70th minute, Wanderers goalkeeper Matt Oliver scored — yes, the goalkeeper — to stretch the lead to 3-0 with a goal kick from his penalty area.
Two minutes later, captain Derek Tieuki made it 4-0 and Wanderers looked good for the next round.
But Rangers substitute Ryan Feutz had other ideas and he pulled back a goal in the 79th minute.
Striker Hamish Watson reduced the deficit further in the 86th minute and then again with a penalty in the 88th minute.
However, Rangers were unable to force the game into extra time and Wanderers are now two games away from potentially winning their club’s first ever national trophy.
Games played Saturday July 30, 2022
Dunedin City Royals 0
Auckland City 6 (Ryan de Vries 9′, 41′, 75′, Cam Howieson 13′, Joe Lee 18′, Emiliano Tade 62′)
Miramar Rangers 3 (Ryan Feutz 79′, Hamish Watson 86′, 88′)
Hamilton Wanderers 4 (Aaron Bayliss 17′, John Clout 62′, Matthew Oliver 70′, Derek Tieku 72′)
Wellington Olympic 3 (Own goal 22′, Kailan Gould 51′ pen, Tor Davenport Petersen 69’P
Cashmere Technical 2 (Lyle Matthysen 7′, Garbhan Coughlan 86′ pen)
Waiheke United 0
Eastern Suburbs 1 (Jake Mechell 58′)