Rain hits Chatham Cup ties

Monday, June 17, 2013
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Heavy downpours around New Zealand did their best to dampen the drama of the ASB Chatham Cup on Sunday forcing four of the 16 ties to be abandoned and replayed before the fourth round in two weeks time.

After Waikato clubs claimed three places in the last 16 for the first time in the competition’s 90 year history on Saturday, the weather became the story in nearly all of Sunday’s seven fixtures.

Two Auckland matches were hit as Glenfield Rovers, who had earlier lost home advantage when their game was moved to a neutral ground, were trailing Birkenhead United 3-0 early in the second half when their match was abandoned.

Even Ellerslie AFC's new artificial turf at Michaels Avenue was unplayable by halftime where they were locked 1-1 with Waitakere City.

Both matches, along with two others around the country, will be replayed in full.

New Zealand Football’s Competitions Manager Chris Kemp says the decision to replay each game in full was made in the interest of fairness and consistency.

“The regulations leave it up to the discretion of the governing body and we took a common sense approach,” said Kemp.

“Given there was still a good deal of time to play in every match, one match had already been transferred to another ground and one was called off completely, replaying each match in full was the appropriate decision.”

On Saturday, Waikato’s football community were celebrating a unique achievement for the region after Hamilton Wanderers, Melville United and Ngaruawahia United all won their third round ties against South Auckland opposition.

Wanderers were 5-0 winners over Mangere Utd at Beetham Park with all the goals coming in the second half, headed by a Mark Jones hat-trick.

Goals to Tim Kautai and Frederico Marquez pushed Ngaruawahia to a 2-0 victory at Onehunga Mangere United AFC while it took extra time to separate Lotto NRFL Men's Division 1 sides Melville United and Papatoetoe AFC.

The visitors had earlier taken a 19th minute lead at Gower Park through Daniel Billot which was cancelled out by Melville’s Jama Boss 13 minutes into the second spell, but seven minutes from the end of extra time Tewi Te Pou converted a penalty for the ten-man home side to complete a groundbreaking day for the region.

Bay Olympic ran away from 10-man East Coast Bays in the second half at Olympic Park.

Holding a 3-1 lead at the 58 minute mark, Bay Olympic's task was made easier by the dismissal of East Coast Bays skipper Joe Bresnahan for a second caution. From there, the home side killed the game off with goals from Chad Coombes and Kyosuke Kitano added to earlier efforts from Maksim Manko (2) and Kitano.

In another all-Lotto NRFL Men's Premier League match-up, Manurewa came from 1-0 down at Memorial Park to tip out Three Kings United with a 2-1 win.

Jared Colligan gave the visitors a 33rd minute advantage as his side started the match well. But the 2009 finalists couldn't find a second goal when they had the ascendancy and Manurewa capitalised in the second period with a well-taken double from Hicham Kamri.

At Riverhills Park, Onehunga Sports advanced over Fencibles United with the visitors grabbing three second half goals, two after the dismissal of Fencibles' Jesse Scott for a second caution. Rory Kelly, former Fencibles player Josh Ming, Scott Foster and Ross Haviland were on target for Brian Turner's team.

The fourth round draw of the competition was made on Monday (games to be played June 29-30 - home team first):

ASB Chatham Cup - Round 4 - Northern Region

Manurewa AFC v Melville Utd
Glenfield Rovers or Birkenhead Utd AFC vs Hamilton Wanderers
Onehunga Sports v Ngaruawahia Utd AFC
Ellerslie AFC or Waitakere City FC vs Bay Olympic

ASB Chatham Cup - Round 3 - Northern Region

Hamilton Wanderers 5-0 Mangere Utd (half: 0-0)
HAM: Mark Jones 3, Michael Built 2
MAN: -

Melville Utd 2-1 Papatoetoe AFC - after extra time (full: 1-1) (half: 0-1)
MEL: Jama Boss, Tewi Te Pou (pen)
PAP: Daniel Billot

Onehunga Mangere Utd AFC 0-2 Ngaruawahia Utd AFC (half: 0-2)
ONE: -
NGA: Tim Kautai, Frederico Marquez

Manurewa AFC 2-1 Three Kings Utd (half: 0-1)
MAN: Hicham Kamri 2
TKU: Jared Colligan

Bay Olympic 5-1 East Coast Bays AFC (half: 1-1)
BAY: Maksim Manko 2, Kyosuke Kitano 2, Chad Coombes
ECB: Joe Bresnahan

Fencibles Utd AFC 1-4 Onehunga Sports (half: 1-1)
ONE: Rory Kelly (pen), Josh Ming, Ross Haviland, Scott Foster (pen)

Matches abandoned on Sunday due to unplayable pitches:
- Glenfield Rovers v Birkenhead Utd AFC
- Ellerslie AFC v Waitakere City FC

No 1 No 2 No 3 No 4
Lotto NRFL Men's Premier
Team Played Pts
Eastern Suburbs 14 29
Central Utd 15 28
Birkenhead Utd 14 25
Onehunga Sports 14 25
Three Kings Utd 12 21
Glenfield Rovers 13 20
Hamilton Wanderers 14 18
East Coast Bays 13 17
Forrest Hill Milford 14 16
Western Springs 14 12
Bay Olympic 14 11
Tauranga City Utd 14 11
Melville Utd 15 11
NRFL Men's Prem Golden Boot
Player Team Goals
Dylan Stansfield East Coast Bays 10
Michael Gwyther Glenfield Rovers 9
Nicolas Zambrano Central United 9
Godwin Darkwa Birkenhead Utd 8
Jake Mechell Melville United 8
Judd Baker East Coast Bays 7
Lotto NRFL Men's Division 1
Team Played Pts
Waitakere City 12 36
North Shore Utd 13 26
Mt Albert-Ponsonby 12 25
Metro 12 21
Manurewa 12 20
Ellerslie 13 18
Hibiscus Coast 12 14
Oratia Utd 12 11
Papakura City 12 10
Franklin Utd 12 10
Mangere Utd 12 1
NRFL Men's Div 1 Golden Boot
Player Team Goals
Stephen Carmichael Manurewa 11
Dave Fahy North Shore Utd 9
Rizal Ganief Metro 9
Peter Wild Mt Albert-Ponsonby 9
Isaac Brealey Ellerslie 8
Lotto NRFL Men's Division 2
Team Played Pts
Takapuna 13 30
Waitemata 12 24
Manukau City 11 23
Fencibles Utd 13 23
Onehunga Mangere 12 19
Papatoetoe 11 16
Te Atatu 12 14
Ngaruawahia Utd 11 14
Albany Utd 13 10
Claudelands Rovers 12 10
Northland 12 3
NRFL Men's Div 2 Golden Boot
Player Team Goals
Arkito Morita Takapuna 16
Ubaldo Nunez Manukau City 12
Connor Taylor Takapuna 10
Andrew Wallace Onehunga Mangere 10
Matt Chant Fencibles 8
George Curry Waitemata 8
Lotto NRFL Women's Premier
Team Played Pts
Three Kings Utd 10 30
Western Springs 10 22
Glenfield Rovers 10 19
Eastern Suburbs 9 18
Forrest Hill-Milford 10 16
Norwest Utd 9 10
Papatoetoe 8 9
Claudelands Rovers 10 8
Hamilton Wanderers 8 4
Lynn-Avon Utd 10 1
NRFL Women's Golden Boot
Player Team Goals
Martine Puketapu Three Kings Utd 17
Katie Rood Glenfield Rovers 16
Rebecca O'Neill Western Springs 14
Hannah Blake Three Kings United 11
Britney Cunningham-Lee Papatoetoe 9

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