As expected Blenheim Valley Development and Central Pirates will meet in next weekend's Knockout Cup football final after scoring emphatic semifinal wins at Blenheim's A and P Park today.
Development overcame Central 9-1 in a confident display, the young legs and silky skills of the Blenheim Valley side creating plenty of chances, of which Omar Guardiola converted three.
In the later match Pirates took a while to get going against a gritty Rangers Masters outfit, leading just 2-0 at the break, but slotted five second half goals to put the issue beyond doubt, Michael Jay and Matt Goldsworthy scoring doubles. Rangers scored a consolation goal late in the piece through Steve Benjamin.
The Knockout Bowl final will be contested by Rangers United, who beat Blenheim Valley Titans 2-1, and Blenheim Valley Masters who poured in 10 unanswered goals against Pumprite Trojans, Matt Robertson helping himself to four and Ben Clarke two.
Renwick Rogues prevailed in the closest match of the day, downing Trojans Masters 4-1 on penalties in their Knockout Plate semifinal after the scores were locked 2-2 at full time. Their opponents will be Biddy Kates Rangers who edged past Clubs of Marlborough Rangers 3-2.
In the Consolation Plate Rangers Saints prevailed 5-0 over Picton Seniors in one semi, Dylan Tempero grabbing a brace, while Blenheim Valley Cobras advanced to the final after being defaulted to by Picton Pumas.
The Tasman White Pointers, formerly Tasman B, scored a nail-biting 29-28 win over Canterbury Maori in Christchurch today, while the Tasman under-20 side went down 10-19 to Canterbury Metro at Nelson's Trafalgar Park.
For full match reports, plus coverage of the Marlborough Boys' College v Otago BHS rugby clash from rugby writer Clay Wilson in Dunedin, see Monday's Marlborough Express.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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