Hutt City still in Chatham Cup hunt

20:19, Jul 08 2012
Tobias Bertsch
IN THE HUNT: Lower Hutt's Tobias Bertsch (right) and Napier's Luke Chapman in action.

German midfielder Tobias Bertsch signed off in style as Lower Hutt City knocked last year's finalists Napier City Rovers out of the Chatham Cup on Saturday.

Bertsch, who is returning to Germany to study, celebrated wildly after opening the scoring in the 58th minute before Phoenix academy prospect Hamish Watson sealed the 2-0 victory with a goal three minutes from time at Fraser Park.

Miramar Rangers are also through to the quarterfinals after ending Stop Out's cup run with a 4-0 win at Wakefield Park.

Michael Fifii and Sam Mason-Smith both scored braces for in-form Miramar, with Fifii's acrobatic bicycle kick rounding out the scoring in the 71st minute.

Mason-Smith has scored 15 goals in his last seven games as Rangers moved through to their ninth quarterfinal in the past 14 years – a record only matched by Central United.

The quarterfinals will be held on July 21-22 after a national draw to determine the matchups.


In Auckland, 10-man Manukau City – who play in the third tier of the northern region – upset first division Papatoetoe 4-3 in a penalty shootout.

Central United beat Three Kings United 3-2, thanks to two goals from Argentinian striker Emiliano Tade and Birkenhead United defeated Hamilton Wanderers 4-1.

Eastern Suburbs beat Melville United 1-0, with Canterbury United striker George Slefendorfas netting the winner in the 50th minute.

Down south, Dunedin Technical beat Western 1-0 and Caversham overcame Cashmere Technical 2-0 in home game victories.

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