Chatham Cup: Cashmere Technical win
Cashmere Technical have broken Canterbury's cup bogey by becoming the first team from the province to win the Chatham Cup for 22 years.
Coach John Brown's team achieved a rare treble _ Mainland Premier League, South Island Championship and Chatham Cup _ by beating Auckland club Waitakere City 3-1 in the cup final at Christchurch's English Park today. Two first-half goals and an injury-time chip from substitute Dan Ede, who caught the keeper off his line in the 94th minute, had the 2000-strong English Park crowd leaping ut of thier seats.
Tech sent veteran midfielder Andy Pitman, 39, and substitute Jamie Smith, 31, out as champions in their final games before retirement.
They became the first Canterbury cup winners since Christchurch United in 1991 and the first Canterbury cup finalists since Christchurch Rangers lost the 1993 final to Napier City Rovers.
Only captain Julyan Collett, who had a fine game on the right flank of midfield, had played in a Chatham Cup final before, with Auckland club Bay Olympic in 2010.
The final _ the first held in Christchurch since 1988 _ burst into life when Cashmere Technical skipper Julyan Collett won a penalty after he was upended at the edge of the area by Waitakere's Kodai Hayashi.
Defender Danny Boys lined up the spot kick and sent goalkeeper Eamon Goodin the wrong way for a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute.
But Cashmere Tech conceded their first goal of the entire Chatham Cup campaign in the 15th minute. Waitakere won a freekick about 25m out from goal.All White Jake Butler lined up his shot but crashed it straight into the defensive wall. But the 28-year-old midfielder reacted swiftly to lash home the rebound, his rising left-footed shot giving Cashmere keeper Shaun Roberts no chance.
Tech's workaoholic striker Stu Kelly put a lot of pressure on the Waitakere defence and was rewarded for his work-rate with the home team's second goal in the 23rd minute. The West Aucklanders failed to clear a ball in their own box and Kelly seized on a ricochet to keep his cool and steer his shot beyond Goodin.
Waitakere played their way back into the game with Butler continually trying to link with Fijian international striker Roy Krishna. Imraan Shah and Krishna combined to tee up Rory Turner in the 43rd minute but Turner's sweetly-struck shot cannoned off the crossbar.
Turner should have made it 2-2 early in the second half with the goal at his mercy in the 54th minute after good buildup by Denver MacDonald, Butler and Krishna. But Turner blazed his left-footed shot wide.
Waitakere, three-time cup campions in the mid-1990s, were fortunate to survive a confident handball shout when the ball struck a defender. But referee Nick Waldron indicated it had hit the player's chest and waved play-on.
Young Tech midfielder Cory Mitchell drew a good save when Goodin blocked his shot in the 62nd minute.
Tech had a nervous moment in the 70th minute when keeper Barton bobbled a Shah shot. But the English custodian, who came to Christchurch to visit and a friend and play lower-grade cricket, kept his neve and regathered the ball before Krishna could pounce.
Butler lined up a late freekick for Waitaker in stoppage time and launched it into the area. But Roberts held a backheader from a defender despite pressure from onrushing
Cashmere Technical 2 (Danny Boys pen, Stu Kelly)
Waitakere City 1 (Jake Butler). HT: 2-1.
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