June 4, 2012
AUCKLAND – Wairarapa United were staring down the barrel of an early end to their defence of the ASB Chatham Cup today, fighting back from 3-1 down to win 7-3 against a spirited New Plymouth Rangers in today’s second round of the 89 year old competition.
Buoyed by home support, New Plymouth enjoyed a 3-1 lead over Wairarapa at the break but a devastating second half that included a Seule Soromon hat trick and three goals in six minutes took the tie away from the home side and eased the champions into the last 32.
Joining them in the draw made later this week are Westlake Boys High School, who thrashed Northern Premier League side Manurewa 7-2 with Dylan Stansfield – who normally plays for Manurewa – one of three players to net twice for the schoolboys.
The clash between Bay Olympic and East Coast Bays lived up to its billing as the marquee match in the Northern region as the two Auckland heavyweights battled out a seven goal thriller. Bay Olympic lead 3-0 at one stage but eventually edged it 4-3 thanks to Jonathan Key’s winner.
Sunday Leaguers Bohemian Celtic took Onehunga Sports to extra time before Tim Hayhow netted the winner for the Premier League club, while Eastern Suburbs needed a penalty shootout to get past division one Mt Albert Ponsonby after their tie finished 2-2 after extra time..
Dunedin Technical were the biggest winners in round two dispatching Invercargill’s Old Boys 11-0, although Birkenhead and Hamilton Wanderers both hit eight unanswered goals against Norwest United and Papakura City respectively, and Nelson Suburbs eased past FC Nelson for a comfortable 9-1 derby win.
Stop Out continued their fine cup form by ousting Central League side Olympic 4-2 in the capital while fellow Capital League side Island Bay weren’t as fortunate, falling 1-0 to Wanganui City thanks to Kyle Graeme-Luke first minute goal.
The final of the ASB Chatham Cup is scheduled for August 28.