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Central Auckland Clubs Make Cup History
by Jeremy Ruane
Bay Olympic, Central United and Onehunga Sports made ISPS Handa Chatham Cup history over the weekend, with all three Central Auckland teams advancing to the semi-finals of New Zealand football's most prestigious club competition.

It's the first time in the history of the competition that three of the semi-finalists have come from such a small geographical area - the 008 cross-town bus route services all three grounds!

Bay were the first team to progress, stunning newly crowned Central Region Premier League champions Western Suburbs 2-1 in Wellington, thanks to a stunning Nick Hindson volleyed strike in the first half, and a less memorable - but nonetheless valuable - Julyan Collett goal just before the hour mark.

It was the late late show at Kiwitea Street on Sunday, where Central edged out Wairarapa United 2-0 thanks to goals in the last six minutes from Dean Lausev and Emiliano Tade, goals which earned Central their eleventh semi-final appearance in the last 21 seasons.

"The Green Machine" have only made the last four once before, in 2014, but now in their diamond jubilee season, they are just three games away from winning the rarely achieved Northern Premier League - Chatham Cup double.

To reach the penultimate stage in the cup, they conquered holders Birkenhead United 3-0 at Shepherds Park, where all the goals came in stoppage time at the end of each half. Sean Lovemore opened the scoring just before half-time, while an Andrew Milne penalty and Jordan Vale sealed the deal at the end of the second spell.

The trio are joined in the last four by Christchurch's Cashmere Technical, who eased past Nelson Suburbs 3-0 at Saxton Fields thanks to a first half strike from Danny Boys, and late second half efforts from Gary Ogilivie and Lyle Matthysen.

The semi-final draw takes place at noon on Tuesday.


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