A moment of magic by Auckland City’s Dylan Manickum sealed the club’s dream treble when his goal won the Chatham Cup against Eastern Suburbs at North Harbour Stadium.
The 1-0 win to the Navy Blues gave the club the treble trophy haul of the OFC Champions League, the Northern League as well as New Zealand football’s oldest cup.
Eastern Suburbs, playing in their 10th cup final, held their own for the first half of the game, ensuring the crowd of nearly 3,000 got a tense, even match.
But in the 57th minute, City captain Cam Howieson laid a pass into the path of Manickum, wide on the left flank.
Manickum jinked past one player, pushed the ball square infield and lined up a shot from 22-metres. It went hard and low, and snuck past Suburbs ‘keeper Joe Knowles and just inside the post.
Finals deserve to be won on moments like that, and it helped Manickum earn the Jack Batty Memorial Cup, awarded to the player who makes the most positive impact on the final.
For Suburbs, the chance to equal the record of Chatham Cup wins — seven — will need to wait another season.
For Auckland City, the National League begins next month and with it, the chance to turn a dream treble into a a fantastic four.
Game played on Sunday September 11, 2022
Auckland City 1 (Dylan Manickum 57′)
Eastern Suburbs 0
Team: Connor Tracey, Mario Ilich, Adam Mitchell, Cam Howieson (c), Dylan Manickum, Ryan de Vries (Angus Kilkolly 90+1′), Sam Brotherton, Jordan Vale, Joe Lee (Emiliano Tade 85′), Reid Drake (Gerard Garriga 71′), Alfie Rogers. Subs not used: Cam Brown, Christian Gray, Aidan Carey, Liam Gillion.
Staff: Albert Riera (head coach), Ivan Vicelich (assistant coach), Enaut Zubikarai (goalkeeper coach), Matt Payne and Adria Casals (physiotherapists), Jarrod Wallace (analyst).
Team: Joe Knowles, Tyler Lissette, Kelvin Kalua, Michael Built (c), Jirayu Twigg (Jaiden Van der Heijden 76′), Adam Thurston, Stephen Hoyle, Jake Mechell, Calvin Opperman (Addison Stewart 68′), Aaryan Raj, Jackson Jarvie. Subs not used: Emmett Connolly, Noah Tomlinson, Blake Inder, Ryan Verney, Ralph Rutherford.
Staff: Hoani Edwards (head coach), Kane Wintersgill and Finn Caughey (assistant coaches), Hamish Donnison (physio), Dani Briggs (team manager), Sunz Singh (physical trainer).
Ben O’Connell (referee); Mark Rule and Gareth Sheehan (assistant referees), Luke Gardiner (fourth official).
How they got to the final
R2: Beat Albany United 6-1 (home)
R3: Beat Manukau United 6-0 (home)
R4: Beat Bay Olympic 2-1 (away)
QF: Beat Dunedin City Royals 6-0 (away)
SF: Beat Wellington Olympic 3-1 (home)
R2: Beat Mt Albert Ponsonby 3-0 (away)
R3: Beat Fencibles United on pens after 2-2 (away)
R4: Beat Birkenhead United 2-0 (away)
QF: Beat Waiheke United 1-0 (away)
SM: Beat Hamilton Wanderers 1-0 (home)
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