For the first time Christchurch has a club in each of the showpieces of New Zealand winter football with Cashmere technical meeting three time Chatham Cup winners Waitakere City in the men’s final and Coastal Spirit taking on Glenfield Rovers in the Women’s Knockout Cup.
New Zealand Football’s competitions manager Chris Kemp says the presence of two Christchurch sides provided the perfect opportunity to take the games to the South Island city.
“The ASB Chatham Cup and ASB Knockout Cup are national competitions and much of their enduring appeal is that any club, no matter how big or small or where they come from can enter,” Kemp says.
“So an opportunity like this to take the finals to a region with such a proud history, especially in the ASB Chatham Cup, is one that we really had to seize upon.”
Coastal Spirit and Glenfield Rovers will meet in the ASB Women’s Knockout Final on September 15 after cementing their places with victories over Seatoun AFC and Claudelands Rovers respectively at the weekend.
The two will meet in a repeat of the 2011 final, which Glenfield Rovers won 3-0,
Coastal Spirit ran out comfortable 4-0 winners over Seatoun AFC in Christchurch, while in Hamilton Glenfield Rovers matched that scoreline with a 4-0 victory over Claudelands Rovers.
Losing finalists in 2011 Coastal Spirit – now chasing a League and Cup double – were in complete control against Seatoun AFC thanks to early strikes from Chloe Webster and Lauren Dabner in the opening five minutes.
The early two goal advantage afforded the home side a degree of control and they dominated the first half, creating chances and limiting the visitors to sporadic attacks.
The game was effectively over early in the second half as Coastal Spirit again came out fastest from kick off. Emily Proctor scored on the 48th minute before Webster got her second, thanks to a deflection, on 53 minutes.
In Hamilton on Sunday Glenfield Rovers booked their place in the final against Coastal Spirit with a 4-0 victory away against Claudelands Rovers.
After a tight even first half the deadlock was broken early in the second half as Katie Rood opened the scoring for Glenfield on 49 minutes. Three further goals in five minutes from Caitlin Campblell, Briar McNamara and Bridgette Armstrong sealed the victory and ensured a repeat of 2011 ASB Women’s Knockout Cup Final.
ASB Cup Finals Day
September 15
ASB Football Park
ASB Women’s Knockout Cup Final
Coastal Spirit v Glenfield Rovers COAvGRV
ASB Chatham Cup Final
Cashmere Technical v Waitakere City CSHvWTK
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