Fifteen clubs have made it through to the first round proper of this year’s Chatham Cup after Saturday’s first tranche of ties in New Zealand’s oldest club competition.
With more to come on Tuesday, the preliminary round produced its share of late winners in the 100th year of the competition.
The opening fixtures produced a history-making result for Bay of Plenty’s Waipuna Rangers.
Rangers pulled off an upset in their first-ever Chatham Cup appearance, beating Pukekohe 2-1 at Bledisloe Park.
Rangers, formed four years ago by a bunch of mates who were enjoying after-work kickabouts, shrugged off a three-hour journey to go 2-0 up within 15 minutes, through Chris Pronk and Matias Cataldo Born.
Pronk’s third-minute goal, scored at 2.03pm, also became the first goal to be scored in this year’s Chatham Cup competition.
Liam Taylor pulled back a goal but Rangers saw out the game for an historic result.
Referring to perhaps both the game and post-match festivities, coach Mark Papworth told Match of the Bay‘s Mathew Nash: “There will be a few sore heads and bodies today.”
Rangers captain Ticiano Costa was facing his former club in the tie.
“TC was outstanding at the back, with his football knowledge and leadership qualities shining through.” Papworth said.
“They ran themselves ragged. The boys had to suffer for long periods, but they deserved their victory through all their hard work.”
Main photo: Waipuna Rangers enjoy their moment of victory at Pukekohe. Photo credit: Mark Papworth.
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Special significance for Te Puke United’s big win
Te Puke United’s 5-1 win against University of Auckland at Litt Park had special significance for the Bay of Plenty club.
United paid tribute on the day to club stalwart Shane McNeil, who died on April 15.
McNeil had been a player and supporter of United for many years.
Andrew Skerten and Nick Johnson were named joint Players of the Day after the win.
Last year’s giantkillers make early exit
Lotto NRFL Southern Conference club Cambridge dodged the risk of a cup tie banana skin, beating last year’s Chatham Cup giantkillers Sperm Whales 4-2 at John Kerkhof Park.
The Whales — or Spunkies, as they are known in Auckland Sunday League circles — took an early lead through Cristian Mair but Cambridge scored the next three goals and took control of the tie.
Last year, the Whales beat Lotto NRFL First Divisiion side Ngaruawahia United in one of the competition’s biggest upsets.
Only one tie goes to extra time
No penalty shootouts, and only one of Saturday’s ties went to extra time!
Given the Chatham Cup’s ability to produce late drama, it was surprising only one match went the extra half-hour.
It was in Christchurch where Western AFC and Parklands United were locked 3-3 after the regulation 90 minutes.
Extra time goals from Michael Norris and Jesse Ruwhiu gave Parklands the edge, despite a Western goal from Park Bradford in the 120th minute.
Community club gets through to first round
Dunedin club Grants Braes AFC are through to the first round proper after a 3-1 win at Gore Wanderers.
Grants Braes are a community club with a strong focus on junior players, especially those whose families are struggling to participate.
The club, formed with a single 8th-grade junior team in 1961, has made registration free this season for those aged six and under, and have halved their usual fee for 7-year-olds.
Games played on Saturday April 22, 2023
Matamata Swifts 0
Papatoetoe 2 (Shalvin Prasad 6′, Marion Karimo 57′)
Bucklands Beach 8 (Liam Thompson 14′, 26′, own goal 15′, Sander Waterland 18′, Lyle Jones 59′, 77′, own goal 65′, Danny Mackenzie 66′)
Glen Eden United 1 (Graham West 19′)
Colo Boys 5 (Rhys Smith 5′, Aaron O’Toole 14′, Alexander Weedon 47′, 90′, Brandon D’Souza 87′)
South Auckland Rangers 4 (Keith Anderson 29′, Netani Doli 56′, Hussaini Khan 62′, Calvin Opperman 78′)
Te Puke United 5 (Nick Johnson 12′, 90+2′, Finn McDonough 26′, John McDonough 38′, Liam Kennedy 55′)
University of Auckland 1 (Frederik Olsen 18′)
Uni-Mount Bohemian 2 (Endrit Jonuzi 39′, Abdul Saraj 61′)
FC Whangarei 1 (Ethan Carter 6′)
Pukekohe 1 (Liam Taylor 67′)
Waipuna Rangers 2 (Chris Pronk 3′, Matias Born 15′)
Cambridge 4 (Glen Carmichael 31′, Krishaant Singh 33′, Andrew Taylor 48′, Daniel Clarkin 65′)
Sperm Whales 2 (Christian Mair 20′, 50′)
Plains Rangers 0
Taupo 2 (Matthew Lewis 58′, Logan Giddy 80′)
Peringa United 3 (Scott Manning 12′, Jayden Gally 74′, Aiden Smith 88′)
New Plymouth Boys High School 4 (Tyson Dellow 23′, Oskar Kleinsorge 45′, Adam Andrews 87′, Fergus Young 89′)
New Plymouth Rangers 3 (Niall Leggett 6′, Hamish Pittams 34′, Zavier Brown 75′)
FC Western 4 (Ben Sheridan 35′, Connor Oliver-Rose 48′, 77′, Benjamin Furze 51′)
Central Sports Club 6 (Own goal 25′, Jono Masters 32′, Ben Shallrass 36′, 79′, Thom Hall 60′, Joel Collingwood 68′)
Western AFC (Christchurch) 4 (Own goal 7′, Park Bradford 42′, 120′, Calum Ross 49′)
Parklands United 5 (Miles Gruschow 14′, 33′, Peter Adcock 45′, Michael Norris 95′, Jesse Ruwhiu 105′)
*After extra time
St Albans Shirley 1 (Alec Beresford 36′)
Waimakariri United 6 (Luke Fraser 41′, Kamil Elmohib 50′, Ashton Lay 68′, 80′, 85′, Thomas Sharp 90+4′)
Gore Wanderers 1 (Oliver Patrick 56′)
Grants Braes 3 (Umid Sayidov 26′, Matt Hanrahan 37′, Matthew Adye 40′)
Games to be played on Tuesday April 25, 2023
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McLennan Park, Papakura, 1pm
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Te Atatu v Mangere United
Te Atatu Peninsula Park, Te Atatu, 2pm
Central United v Waitemata
Kiwitea St, Sandringham, 2pm
AFC Bohemian Celtic v Otorohanga
Michaels Ave Reserve, Ellerslie, 2pm
Papamoa v Northern United
Gordon Spratt Reserve, Papamoa, 2pm
Rapa Nui FC v West Hamilton
Walter Massey Park, Mangere East, 2pm
Lower Hutt City v Brooklyn Northern United
Fraser Park, Taita, 2pm
Kapiti Coast United v Greytown
Weka Park, Paraparaumu, 2pm
Victoria University v Wainuiomata
Boyd Wilson Park, Wellington, 2pm
Wellington United v Seatoun
Te Whaea Park, Newtown, 2pm
Upper Hutt City v Stokes Valley
Maidstone Park, Upper Hutt, 2pm
Island Bay United v Wellington Marist
Wakefield Park, Island Bay, 2pm
Paekakariki v Naenae
Campbell Park, Paekakariki, 2pm
FC Nelson v Golden Bay
Guppy Park, Nelson, 2.30pm