Chatham Cup games go to the wire

Northern’s Mateo Savou goes flying after being tackled by Green Island’s Cam Brewitt in a Chatham...
Northern’s Mateo Savou goes flying after being tackled by Green Island’s Cam Brewitt in a Chatham Cup match at Forrester Park yesterday. Photo: Gerard O'Brien
Two games went to extra time in the third round of the Chatham Cup in the South yesterday.

The South City Royals beat Mosgiel 2-1 in extra time while Green Island beat Northern 5-2, also in extra time.

The Royals side was made to work very hard for its come-from-behind win in extra time over a depleted Mosgiel side.

Mosgiel took the lead in the seventh minute when youngster Ben Reeve was bundled over in the box and Rahan Ali coolly slotted the resultant penalty.

The Royals were missing Jared Grove and Ryan Fleming but still had Connor Neil who narrowly dragged his shot wide on 24 minutes, moments before Mosgiel’s Lewis Wall beat the defence but not the outstretched hand of Alex Boomer.

In the second half the Royals had a goal-bound effort spectacularly cleared off the line by Ben Taylor and then moments later had Boomer to thank as he denied Mosgiel’s Matt Kelly when he was through one on one.

With time running out the Royals’ run of long throws and corners finally paid dividends when after a succession of throw-ins, the ball broke to Harry Chadwick and he smashed it home for the equaliser with 15 minutes left.

In extra time the Royals were denied by some outstanding Dan Robinson saves. In the second period of extra time a slip by a Mosgiel defender proved costly as it left Neil unmarked in the box and he made no mistake to see the Royals into the next round.

Northern took the lead at Forrester Park through Al Al Muwali in the 11th minute but had a man sent off on 62 minutes and five minutes later Cam Anderson equalised.

When the Island’s Connor Spear scored in the 89th minute it looked all over.

Northern’s goalkeeper Zane Green launched a long free kick from halfway to clinch a fairytale equaliser and send the match to extra time.

But another red card in the 104th minute left the Northern side two players short and three goals in the last eight minutes to Tom Milton and a brace to Adam Hewson gave Green Island a flattering scoreline.

University just edged Queenstown 1-0 thanks to an En Watanabe goal on 22 minutes, with his smart finish from a set play separating the teams.

The remaining southern team in the next round is Wanaka which beat Gore 5-1 with Tom Tinka scoring a quick-fire brace just before the break.

An early own goal settled nerves, with Steve Pleskun and Brandon Dickson also scoring. Devin McFadzin got Gore’s consolation.


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