Some classic matches are in store in round three of the Chatham Cup after New Zealand Football completed the much-anticipated draw today.
Defending champions Eastern Suburbs, who defeated Napier City Rovers 2-1 in the final last year of the 87th Chatham Cup, will face East Coast Bays in round three on home turf.
— Andrew Voerman (@andrewvoerman) June 7, 2016
Suburbs had a nervy round two fixture against Hamilton Wanderers where the two teams could not be separated at 2-2 after 90 minutes. Damien Mosquera and Sander Waterland scored in extra-time to see the defending champions home 4-2. Meanwhile Bays won 5-2 away to Papakura City FC with Dan Peat (2) and Alec Solomons scoring the decisive goals.
— Eastern Suburbs AFC (@ESAFC) June 6, 2016
Forrest Hill-Milford United, who were comfortable 7-3 winners over Franklin United in round two, will face Mt Albert Ponsonby who were fortunate to advance to round three in their contest against Melville United AFC where they were given two own goals.
Manukau City FC, who defeated North Shore United 2-1 on penalties, will take on Bay Olympic in round three after they beat Tauranga City FC 1-0 away from home.
The round two fixture between Mangere United and Western Springs was postponed and Birkenhead will face the winner of that match.
Further south in the Capital and Central region there are also some great contests in store. Giant-killers Island Bay United AFC, who have boxed above their weight to knock out two Championship clubs in their first two rounds, will face Palmerston North Marist who defeated New Plymouth Rangers 3-0 in round two. Island Bay defeated Central League team Stop Out 2-1 in round one and then got past Wellington United 1-0 courtesy of an own goal.
Napier City Rovers, who romped to an 11-0 win over Massey University in round two, will face a tougher test in round three when they host Miramar Rangers AFC who beat Lower Hutt City 2-0.
— Miramar Rangers AFC (@Miramar_Rangers) June 7, 2016
There are two fixtures each in Mainland and Football South in round three. Cashmere Technical , who won 3-0 over Selwyn United FC in round two, will face Coastal Spirit who scored twice deep into extra time to overcome FC Twenty 11 2-1. While Universities AFC, who beat Halswell United AFC 1-0 on the weekend, will meet Richmond Athletic who put FC Nelson AFC away 4-0.
In Football South, Dunedin Technical will host Caversham AFC, while Queenstown Rovers will come up against Gore Wanderers.
In the New Zealand Women’s Knockout Cup, the feature match shapes as defending champions Glenfield Rovers hosting Eastern Suburbs.
Rovers, who beat Hibiscus Coast 7-0 on Monday – thanks to four goals from Steph Skilton and two from Katie Rood – will meet a red hot Suburbs side who defeated Papakura City FC 13- 0 with Jacqui Hand scoring a hat-trick and Jade Parris netting seven times.
Parris was not alone in scoring seven goals on the weekend. Emma Main also managed that feat when Upper Hutt City beat Victoria University of Wellington AFC 12-0 in front of their home fans. Upper Hutt will travel away to Palmerston North Marist, who defeated Wairarapa United 7-0 to book their place in round three.
In all there are 16 fixtures in the third round of the Chatham Cup and eight matches in the third round of the NZ Women’s Knockout Cup.
Chatham Cup Round Three Draw:
Forrest Hill-Milford United v Mt Albert Ponsonby, Hibiscus Coast v Waitakere, Metro FC v Three Kings United, (Winner of Mangere United/Western Springs) v Birkenhead, East Coast Bays v Eastern Suburbs, Manukau City AFC v Bay Olympic, Central United FC v Waitemata City AFC, Te Atatu AFC v Waiheke United FC
North Wellington AFC v Upper Hutt City, Tawa FC v Wairarapa United, Napier City Rovers v Miramar Rangers AFC, Palmerston North Marist v Island Bay United AFC
Cashmere Technical v Coastal Spirit, Universities AFC v Richmond Athletic
Dunedin Technical v Caversham, Queenstown Rovers v Gore Wanderers
Women’s Knockout Cup Round Three Draw:
Rotorua Premier Women’s v Western Springs AFC, Glenfield Rovers v Eastern Suburbs, Metro FC v Forrest Hill-Milford AFC, Lynn-Avon United v Claudelands Rovers
Seatoun AFC v Wellington United, Palmerston North Marist v Upper Hutt City
FC Twenty 11 v Cashmere Technical
Otago University v Roslyn Wakari AFC