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Cashmere Technical’s cup defense stays on track

Cashmere Technical’s Chatham Cup defense remain on course after an extra-time winner from the penalty spot sealed another tense clash with local rivals Ferrymead Bays.

Captain Tom Schwarz coolly converted the decisive 106th-minute chance at Ferrymead Park after the scores tied at 1-1 at the end of regulation on Saturday.

The holders were awarded the penalty 14 minutes from time after influential striker Lyle Matthysen was clipped on the goal line as he headed for goal.

The champions then held a fourth-round date with an opponent yet to be determined on July 9 or 10.

The Cashmere Technical and Ferrymead Bays Southern League game on June 11 ended in a 1-1 stalemate, a fitting preview of another closely contested encounter.

“They’ve improved tremendously since last season, they’re doing really well right now and the two games could have gone either way,” said Cashmere Technical head coach Dan Schwarz.

Cashmere Technical opened the scoring in the sixth minute when Matthysen intercepted a back pass and bent the ball into an open net, but Ferrymead Bays equalized on the hour mark when Will Pierce broke free and slotted the ball past the 250-game veteran Danny Knight in the bottom right corner.

Pierce also hit a post in the first period of extra time before his dying shot went wide, allowing Cashmere Technical to retain the MacFarlane Cup as Canterbury’s last side in the competition.

“It’s been tough, two weeks in a row, I think I could have beaten them, but it could, should get you nowhere,” lamented Ferrymead Bays head coach Alan Walker.

“The difference between the two teams was Lyle Matthysen for them. We gave them the first goal and then he was knocked down for the second.

Walker had no problem with the penalty but felt Cashmere Technical could have been reduced to 10 men after 35 minutes when Jacob Richards returned the ball having already been shown a yellow card.

“He blew it, which is a straight yellow card. He would have been sent off by the referee just gone and talked to him,” he said.

Walker was happier on Tuesday night after Ferrymead Bays got back on track with a 3-1 FA Cup quarter-final win over Halswell United.

Cashmere Technical’s women’s side also demanded a late penalty to progress in their Chatham Cup equivalent, with an 87th-minute strike from Kate Loye knocking Coastal Spirit out of the Kate Sheppard Cup third round on Saturday.

Loye hit the target – and the only goal of the contest – after Jess Dyer was knocked down in the area as Cashmere Technical avenged two Premier League defeats to the best women’s side in town.

Coastal Spirit, seeking their 10th quarter-final in the last 11 times the cup has been contested, were outplayed in the first spell but regrouped, albeit unrewarded, after Lauren Dabner’s cannonball hit a post.

The Coastal Spirit men’s side also succumbed to penalties – in a shootout – after their Chatham Cup tie at Nelson Suburbs was square after full time and extra time on Sunday.

Mark Zimmerman canceled Aiden Higgs’ second-half opener for the visitors but Coastal Spirit, who headed north after beating Parklands United 7-0 in a Covid-delayed game 19 last Tuesday, faltered after landing his first three kicks to retire 5-4 on penalties.

The Southern League takes precedence on Saturday where unbeaten leaders Christchurch United resume well rested after exiting the cup in the previous round.

They travel south to take on Dunedin City Royals, while second-placed Cashmere Technical also embarks on a road trip to Nelson Suburbs.

rugby league
A dramatic finish was also the highlight of Round 9 of the Canterbury Rugby League Premiership, as champions Hornby conjured up three unanswered tries to snatch a 28-26 victory over Riccarton.

The Knights seemed to have the game under control as they led 26-12 heading into the final quarter at Crosbie Park, but Tony Afoa’s game winner on the final play of the game capped a remarkable comeback.

The Panthers’ breakout saw the Premiers replace Riccarton in fifth place, two points off a top four that included unbeaten Linwood, Halswell, Eastern Eagles and Northern Bulldogs.

Linwood continued their impressive campaign by giving the resurgent Eagles a reality check with a 46-16 win at Linwood Park, the Keas had seven tries in a row after Kolone Faalio opened the scoring for the visitors.

Uriah Tuli led the rout with a hat-trick while Erwin Sauni and Mika Moelmalo Ulu both crossed twice.

Halswell held on to second place on the ladder with a comfortable 44-12 victory over Celebration Lions; the Bulldogs added to the Papanui Tigers with a 64-12 beating at Papanui Field.

The Hornets mark the opening of new club rooms at Halswell Domain against Riccarton on Saturday while Hornby aims to continue building momentum for the Eastern Eagles.

Papanui faces a daunting task against Linwood; the Bulldogs can cement their top-four status when they host Celebration Lions.

Linwood also led a hotly contested five-team Women’s Championship halfway through with a points differential to the Sydenham Swans and Woolston Rams.

The trio all lost a game after four rounds with Keas demolishing the Burnham Knights 70-10 increasing their differential.

Linwood scored nine tries from three, including a foursome against Kiwi Ferns and Samoa international Sui Pauaraisa, to overtake Sydenham, who return to action this weekend after a bye.

Sydenham returned to the top of the Christchurch Metro Premier club competition with a 44-20 victory over Canterbury University, giving a three-point margin over former leaders New Brighton.

Linwood ended New Brighton’s winning streak with a 20-19 triumph at Rawhiti Domain while Marist Albion, 35-23 winners against Christchurch, and High School Old Boys – 44-13 winners in Belfast – make up the top four.

Lincoln University is fifth, with the best point differential in the competition (+212) after a crushing 47-17 win over Shirley.

Burnside’s winless season continued as fellow Sumner wrestlers picked up a 26-19 victory, just their second of the year.

New Brighton face another tough test on Saturday when they host HSOB, while Lincoln University could capitalize on any mistakes HSOB makes and secure a top four finish if they beat Christchurch.

Weekend matches
Christchurch Metro Premier Round 11 Rugby Matches (every Saturday at 2.45pm): Sydenham v Belfast, Sydenham Park; Christchurch vs. Lincoln University, Christchurch Park; University of Canterbury v Burnside, Ilam Fields; Linwood vs. Shirley, Linfield Park; Marist Albion vs. Sumner, Edgar McIntosh Park; New Brighton v HSOB, Rawhiti Estate.

Southern League Football Round 11 matches: Nelson Suburbs v Cashmere Technical, Saxton Field, Saturday lunchtime; Nomads United v Green Island, Tulett Park, Saturday lunchtime; Dunedin City Royals v Christchurch United, Football Turf, Saturday 12.30pm; Ferrymead Bays v Mosgiel AFC, Ferrymead Park, Saturday 2pm; Selwyn United v Coastal Spirit, Foster Park, Saturday 2.45pm.

Canterbury Rugby League Premiership 10th Round (every Saturday at 2.45pm): Halswell Hornets v Riccarton Knights, Halswell Domain; Papanui Tigers v Linwood Keas, Papanui Estate; Northern Bulldogs vs. Celebration Lions, Murphy Park; Eastern Eagles v Hornby Panthers, Wainoni Park.