CENTRAL UNITED SEEK ANOTHER CHATHAM CUP WIN
October 2, 2017
Central United FC are seeking to lift another Chatham Cup as they reach the last four.
They are the most decorated team of the teams in the semis but they have yet another chance to add another title. Three Auckland club remain in the knockout tournament as they battle for the crown.
Central United will face off against Bay Olympic at Kiwitea St on Saturday while Onehunga Sports will battle southern side Cashmere Technical on Sunday.
United would be seeking to get a recent title with the last lifted in 2012. They would be traveling to face the weakest of the remaining four teams. It is noteworthy that they have lost to this same Olympic side twice this year.
Central will be without former Wellington Phoenix star Albert Riera. The player is taking a break before the rest of the summer activities flow in. The team should have forwards Nicolas Zambrano and EmilainoTade available. Auckland men Angel Berlanga and Marko Dordevic should contribute defensively as well.
Aaron McFarland has admitted that the fixture would not come easy. He says the “cohesion” in the team is allowing them score more goals now compared to the times they met Olympic. He labels their defence “stubborn” but believes the fire power in the current team is enough to break through it.
Coach Shane Knowles says Bay Olympic would approach the match with a plan and try to execute it as best as they can.
In the other fixture, Onehunga would be hoping to farther in the competition than they have in history. Cashmere sent them packing in 2014 at this same stage so it would be sweet revenge to return the favour. Their defence has been productive so far and skipper Jo Dawkins promises it would be even better as they play their rivals.