Comeback of epic proportions in Central Otago

With progress in this years Chatham Cup on line it took an ultimately comeback from our Men’s Premier side to take this place in the draw for Round Three on Wednesday.

Down three nil after sixty minutes with precious little inspiration to come from a light bench with other one sub due to illness somehow the boys dragged their way back in to the game with the man who has been there so often when we’ve needed it this year Tom Durkin scoring twice in just over three minutes. From there it became a case of when we would equalise as the home tired desperately to hold on.

After several false attempts this year Ben O’Farrell finally opened his account for the season when he relied on his futsal roots to find space in the box and rifle home from close range in to the top of the net. The go ahead goal came via Captain Dom Scahill with the settling goal coming via and own goal from Wanaka Captain Blair Scoullar.

Not exactly a perfect game from the lads but sometimes with cup football its about doing what is required to get through as we join the three other highest ranked Football South sides Mosgiel, Caversham and Roslyn Wakari in the next round.

At home of the Football Turf, our Women’s Premier side had their Kate Sheppard Cup run halted but current holders Dunedin Technical in a high quality match between the top two sides in the area.

With plenty of skill and endeavour across both sides the midfield battle involved lots of high quality play with a brutal element which only added to the fixture. The girls went down a goal mid way through the first half when a defensive mix up allowed Shontelle Smith to scoop the ball over Jordy Woodward in our goal.

For most of the match the girls were right in it and there were moments where it looked liked we might find that opening to draw level, Bella Cartman had the best chance as her speculative long strike nearly found its way in. Having to push to find the result opened us up more and more and as our legs started to tire from the noticeable increase in pace and intensity from our previous games Dunedin Tech started to dominate and had several chances to increase their lead.

As the clock clicked past 80 minutes they doubled their lead with a well worked goal and then sealed the result with the last kick of the match via a corner. A really good performance from our goals with Dunedin Technical being well worth their win, the difference being more thrust in the final third. We go again on Wednesday as these teams clash again in their Round Two Catch Up game.

With all the other games called off credit to Coach Fraser Towers for having the vision to move the Men’s Fifths game to Friday night to take advantage of the availability of the Football Turf. Taking on Northern for the second week in a row (albeit the other Northern team who were strengthened by utilising the loan scheme), this was another chance to pick up points for our side who are looking to stretch their unbeaten run through another season.

The lads started brightly and were two goals up early on as Jack Feyen converted a penalty and then Sam Risbrook scored his maiden goal for the club with a well struck volley. Bit of toil for the rest of the half as we were only able to add a third despite plenty of possession and chances but as half time approached frustrations got the better of the Northern side as a terrible challenge from behind saw the referee have no choice but the dismiss the Northern player who was promptly followed by a team mate who after having spent the entire first half kicking and shouting his way along unleashed a barrage of verbal comments at our players and the ref and chest shove on one of our players.

Half time came and the reasonable members of the Northern team agreed with the referees decisions and were allowed to continue with 10 players for the second half. Being a man down on the football turf made things tough for Northern as they struggled to cover the space and with the intensity and strikes on goal ramped up the lads managed to pile on six second half goals with Fraser Towers claiming a second half hat-trick as our patterned play proved too much for the ten men.