Capital Premier League side Island Bay United turned over four-time Chatham Cup champions Miramar Rangers tonight as four clubs moved into the quarter-finals of the New Zealand national knockout cup competition.
Playing under lights at Wakefield Park, Island Bay – who sit seventh in the Capital Premier League competition, a division below Central League leaders Miramar – recovered from going a goal behind to earn a 3-2 victory.
Henry Fa’arodo put the visitors ahead after 13 minutes but Island Bay fought back to hold an unlikely 2-1 halftime lead thanks to goals from Facu Barbero and Callum Holme.
Miramar’s Patrick Fleming restored parity at 2-2 in the 59th minute but the home side hit the front for good when Luciano Colucci struck 19 minutes from time to seal a massive upset win in front of the raucous Island Bay supporters.
In Auckland, five times winners Central United FC again did it the hard way before booking their quarter-final berth.
After earning their fourth round place with a fightback from 3-0 down with 10 men against Birkenhead, Central – playing at Kiwitea Street – claimed a 3-1 victory over fellow Northern Premier League outfit Glenfield Rovers, scoring twice late on despite playing the final 30 minutes down a man.
The visitors opened the scoring after just five minutes as Richard Beard gave Glenfield a flying start but Central recovered and restored parity three minutes before halftime through Emiliano Tade.
Junior All Whites defender Adam Mitchell earned an early shower with half an hour to go for a challenge on the edge of the Central penalty area but, despite the numerical disadvantage, the home side edged ahead in the 86th minute as Tade’s deflected strike left All Whites goalkeeper Tamati Williams – who had earlier saved a Central spot kick – with no chance.
James Hoyt sealed the result with Central’s third of the day four minutes into stoppage time.
In the Southern Region, defending 2013 Chatham Cup champions Cashmere Technical progressed to the last eight with a 1-0 win over Coastal Spirit at Linfield Park.
The victory was earned from the penalty spot in the 78th minute as Tom Schwarz struck the decisive blow.
Further south, Dunedin Technical – winners in 1999 – sealed their berth with an identical victory; substitute David Hayman settling the tie, also with a 78th minute winner, at the Caledonian Ground.
Three of the remaining four clashes in the fourth round take place on Sunday as Tauranga City United AFC host Onehunga Sports, Ngongotaha AFC look to tip over Melville United and Tawa AFC clash with Napier City Rovers.
The remaining fourth round clash will be played next weekend with Bay Olympic hosting the winner of the rescheduled third round tie between North Shore United AFC and Hamilton Wanderers on Sunday at Allen Hill Stadium.
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