Vandalism overshadows Chatham Cup match

Last updated 19:51 23/06/2013

Relevant offers

Football

Nathan Burns' departure inevitable but will aid recruitment, says coach Ernie Merrick Chelsea sign Radamel Falcao on one-year loan from Monaco UEFA eases restrictions on Manchester City, PSG Fifa referee instructor Bennett a guru of the game New Zealand beat Solomon Islands 2-0 in first hit out at Pacific Games in PNG Max Crocombe: PNG heat no excuse as Oly Whites push to Rio Referees pulled from Nelson division one football following abuse on social media United States steps up heat on Fifa as it moves to extradite seven officials England's worst World Cup moments Japan into women's World Cup final after England's injury-time own goal heartache

Three third round Chatham Cup replays were overshadowed by a shocking act of pitch vandalism that saw 59 nails scattered across the pitch before today's match between Glenfield Rovers and Birkenhead United.

Already transferred once then abandoned shortly after halftime last week due to the unplayable conditions, the replay was again transferred to Taharoto Park in Takapuna after Glenfield's home ground McFetridge Park was ruled out early on Sunday morning.

Although Taharoto Park passed inspection at 10am, match officials found 59 nails spread across the pitch during a second inspection closer to kickoff.

New Zealand Football officials will now turn the matter over to police. 

When play got underway later in the day at North Harbour Stadium the two fierce North Shore rivals served up a classic cup encounter with extra time, five goals and and the appearance of two substitute goalkeepers.

Birkenhead, who were 3-0 ahead when last week's match got abandoned, were the first to score when Sam Jenkins got on the end of a free kick midway through the first half but Matt Wallace drew Rovers level in first half injury time shortly after Birkenhead's first choice number one, John Fletcher left the field injured.

Despite being reduced to 10 men in the 87th minute when Danny Parkes received his second yellow, Glenfield looked to have snatched it with Michael Gywther's 90th minute penalty. However, a red card to Rovers 'keeper Neil Dayal for striking an opponent gifted Jack Hobson McVeigh the chance to even the scores again time from the penalty spot deep into injury time.

Even then there was still time for both teams to rattle the woodwork before fulltime was finally called and the game sent to extra time.

Birkenhead's extra numbers finally told in the second period of extra time with Sam Margetts clinching the win in the 109th minute and a fourth round home tie against Hamilton Wanderers next Saturday.

Ad Feedback

The fourth round of the Chatham Cup takes place this weekend - aside from Cashmere Technical's match against the winner of Nelson College and Waimak United - with the final of the 90 year competition scheduled for September 15.

Results:

Ellerslie 1 (Warrick Hart 12')

Waitakere City 3 (Jake Butler 8', John Muchirahondo 29', Alopua Petoa 90')

Halftime: 1-2

Caversham 4 (Seamus Ryder 5', 81'; Mitchell Carter 77', Callum Flaws 87')
Dunedin Technical 0

Halftime: 1-0

Sunday
Glenfield Rovers 2 (Matt Wallace 45+1, Michael Gwyther pen 90')
Birkenhead United 3 
(Sam Jenkins 23', Jack Hobson-McVeigh pen 90+5', Sam Margetts 109')
After extra time (Halftime: 1-1, Fulltime 2-2)

- Stuff

Special offers
Opinion poll

Will Burnley retain their EPL status?

Yes, they've found a winning formula

Maybe, but there’s a long way to go

No. They lack quality in certain areas

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content