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Completing the Double

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Lewis Caunter makes the winning save.

Onehunga's third goal, Tom Boss (partially obscured by goal post) scores


Onehunga Sports Football Club won an epic Chatham Cup final on the 10th of September, to complete their first ever double as Auckland Champions and Chatham Cup winners. Winning the Northern Region Premier League in August had been the club’s biggest day, but the Chatham Cup win surpassed it.

The final had all the drama spectators could want. Onehunga fell behind three times, but each time they rallied to get themselves back in the game. Central United dominated the first quarter and in the 20th minute were rewarded with a goal to Nicholas Zambrano. However, that seemed to settle Onehunga’s nerves and they began working their way back into the game. The rest of the half saw chances for both sides, but there was no more scoring.

The second half opened with Onehunga hard on the attack, and in the 59th minute a Sean Lovemore shot bounced off the Central goalie’s leg, looped high into the air and took what seemed to be an eternity to fall into the goal.

In the 71st minute Central’s Seamus Ryder got behind the Onehunga defence to retake the lead. But a minute later it was Central’s turn to make a mistake. Onehunga’s Andrew Milne was bought down in the box, and appealed for a penalty. The Central defenders all stopped and looked to the referee. As they did Tom Boss gave a textbook demonstration of why you should always play to the whistle. While the Central defenders were all looking at the ref, he slipped the ball past the keeper.

Seamus Ryder scored again in the 78th minute, only for Tom Boss to rescue Onehunga again three minutes later.

Both sides had their chances in extra time, but no one could get the vital final touch. Meanwhile players were cramping up and the tension got to both sides with a flurry of yellow cards.

It came down to penalties. The first five penalties from both sides went in, then goalkeeper Lewis Caunter became Onehunga supporters hero of  the day when he guessed right, literally, to parry former Wellington Phoenix player Albert Riera’s shot. And the celebrations began.










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