Underdogs land juicy ties against Championship sides in Chatham Cup first round

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Auckland Sunday League side Rapa Nui FC have drawn high-flying East Coast Bays in the first round of the Chatham Cup.

The South Auckland side beat WaiBOP League One club West Hamilton 3-1 in the preliminary round to earn their trip to Bay City Park.

East Coast Bays are unbeaten at the top of Lotto NRFL Men’s Championship, providing Rapa Nui with a juicy cup tie.

Meanwhile, the Royal New Zealand Navy side will host Championship side Fencibles, a fitting game for football’s oldest club cup competition, playing for the Chatham Cup trophy donated by the navy a century ago.

First-round games will be played over the weekend of May 13-14, 2023.

First round draw

Northern Rovers FC v Colo Boys FC

AFC Bohemian Celtic v Tauranga City AFC

Otumoetai FC v Uni-Mount Bohemian AFC

South Auckland Rangers AFC v Oratia United FC

East Coast Bays AFC v Rapa Nui FC

Mt Albert-Ponsonby AFC v Ngaruawahia Utd AFC Inc

Northern United SC v Metro FC

Beachlands Maraetai AFC v Albany United FC

Royal NZ Navy FC v Fencibles United AFC

Bucklands Beach AFC v Waipuna FC Inc

Cambridge FC v Franklin United FC

Ellerslie AFC v Northland FC

West Auckland AFC v Papakura City FC

Papatoetoe AFC v Waikato Unicol AFC

Hibiscus Coast AFC v Waitemata FC

North Shore United AFC v Te Atatu AFC

Te Awamutu AFC v Taupo AFC

Claudelands Rovers v Te Puke Utd FC Inc

Kapiti Coast Utd v Lower Hutt City AFC

Wainuiomata AFC v Seatoun AFC

Paekakariki SC v Island Bay United AFC

Upper Hutt City Football v Tawa AFC

Massey University – Manawatu Campus v Napier Marist Football Club

New Plymouth Boys’ High School v Moturoa AFC

FC Western Inc v Palmerston North Marist FC

Central SC v Nelson Suburbs FC

Motueka AFC v FC Nelson

Cashmere Technical FC v Selwyn United FC

Christchurch Utd v Parklands United

Coastal Spirit v Burwood AFC

Nomads United AFC v Ferrymead Bays FC

Universities of Canterbury Association Football Club v Waimakariri Utd

Halswell United v FC Twenty 11

Thistle FC v Grants Braes AFC

Queenstown AFC v Wanaka AFC

Mosgiel AFC v Northern Hearts AFC

Northern AFC v Roslyn Wakari AFC


The following teams have a bye to Round 2 in the Chatham Cup:

Auckland City FC (holders); Auckland United FC;Bay Olympic FC;Birkenhead United AFC; Eastern Suburbs AFC; Hamilton Wanderers; Manukau United FC; Melville Utd AFC; Manurewa AFC Takapuna FC; West Coast Rangers FC; Western Springs AFC; Onehunga Mangere United AFC; Waiheke United AFC; Stop Out SC; Miramar Rangers AFC; Napier City Rovers AFC; North Wellington FC; Petone FC; Whanganui Athletic; Waterside Karori; Wellington Olympic; Western Suburbs; Otago University AFC; Queens Park AFC; Green Island AFC; Dunedin City Royals FC.

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Preliminary round

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