Defending champions Meadowbank earn first round bye in South Canterbury Cup

Timaru City's Paul Holmes, right, will be one of the side's key men in Sunday's South Canterbury Cup match.
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Timaru City's Paul Holmes, right, will be one of the side's key men in Sunday's South Canterbury Cup match.

Defending South Canterbury Cup champions Meadowbank United are safely through to the competition's quarterfinals.

The side, which won last season's Cup and South Canterbury men's football league, were scheduled to play Timaru City but their opponents have defaulted. Meadowbank had defeated City 4-0 a week earlier, and were at short odds to claim another positive result, but will now get a weekend off.

They're currently at the top of the division two standings, citing a lack of players as the reason for withdrawing from division one. 

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Eleven teams entered the Cup, with Geraldine, Northern Hearts A, West End A and Pleasant Point also securing byes. Senior sides Thistle A, Timaru City and Timaru Boys' High School have all drawn second division teams first up.

Thistle A are up against West End B, a team which could pose them a few challenges, with depth strong at the Central Timaru club.

Timaru Boys' High School will be hoping they can continue on from their first league win last weekend with a victory over Thistle B, who will also pose some questions for the schoolboys. Both clashes are at Sir Basil Arthur Park.

Timaru City have the most challenging fixture of the three senior sides, with Northern Hearts B to provide a good challenge to the league cellar dwellers at Aorangi Park.

City should have too much firepower through the likes of Paul Holmes, Nasy Khynku and Hamish Clark but like West End and Thistle, there's plenty of depth at the South Canterbury competition heavyweights. Like Meadowbank they are yet to drop a game in the division two competition.

All games kick off at 2pm.

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Meanwhile, in the latest round of the South Canterbury men's division one league, Pleasant Point face Northern Hearts, Timaru City battle Thistle and Geraldine host the unbeaten West End.

 

 - Stuff

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