August 5, 2012
AUCKLAND – Lower Hutt City romped to their first ever ASB Chatham Cup final and Central United to their eighth after each club notched big wins away from home in the semi finals of the 89 year old competition on Sunday.
Lower Hutt made sure of their passage to the final on weekend of August 25 and 26 with a 4-0 win over Caversham at Dunedin’s Caledonian Ground, while Auckland’s Central United banged six unanswered goals past eight-man Miramar Rangers at David Farrington Park in Wellington to end hopes of an all capital final.
Hamish Watson threatened early for Lower Hutt and finally broke the deadlock in the 38th minute poking home a corner at the back post.
Pomare Te Anau doubled the lead from outside the box in the 63rd minute and Taban Mokaii’s goal four minutes later looked to have wrapped up the tie, before Andrew Coad added a final flourish six minutes from time.
The result means Caversham’s semi final curse continues with their seventh loss at the final four stage from as many appearances.
In Wellington, former Lower Hutt player Emiliano Tade led Central United’s charge to the final with a hat trick that included two penalties.
His seventh minute spot kick was all that separated the teams at halftime but Patrick Fleming’s 52nd minute dismissal for a second yellow card earned from a clash with Central keeper that saw both players badly injured left Miramar with a mountain to climb.
Paul Urlovic made it 2-0 in the 57th minute and Adam Dickinson extended the lead further in the 82nd minute to kick start a final flourish from the five time Chatham Cup winners.
Seven minutes from fulltime Miramar goalkeeper Sacha Nathu brought down Tade to earn himself an early shower and the Argentinean striker slotted the resulting penalty past makeshift custodian Campbell Parkin and completed his hat trick with Central’s fifth goal in the first minute of injury time.
A forgettable day for Miramar was compounded in the fourth minute of additional time with another red card, this time to Tom Doyle, with Daniel Koprivcic converting to wrap up the 6-0 win.
The venue for the 85th ASB Chatham Cup final will be confirmed during the week with North Harbour Stadium – the host of 11 of the last 14 finals – due to host provincial rugby that weekend.
ASB Chatham Cup 2012
Semi finals results
At Caledonian, Dunedin
Lower Hutt City 4 (Hamish WATSON 38’, Pomare TE ANAU 63’, Taban MOKAII 67’, Andrew COAD 84’)
At David Farrington Park, Wellington
Miramar Rangers 0
Central United 6 (Emiliano TADE pen 7’, pen-83’, 90+1’; Paul URLOVIC 57’, Adam DICKINSON 82’, Daniel KOPRIVCIC pen-90+4’)
Patrick FLEMING (Miramar) sent off 52’
Sacha NATHU (Miramar) sent off 83’
Tom DOYLE (Miramar) sent off 90+4’
85th ASB Chatham Cup Final
Lower Hutt City v Central United
August 25 or 26, 2012