Central United 6, Lower Hutt City 1
Newtown Park, Wellington, August 26 2012
Finals football came to Wellington yesterday and I was there at Newtown Park for all the fun as Three Kings United took on Massey University in the Women’s Knockout Cup and Central United faced Lower Hutt City in New Zealand football’s showpiece Chatham Cup. I have a great post related to the KO coming up in a day or two, but in the meantime, here are my brief thoughts on the Chatham:
As a serial lover of all underdogs, I thought Lower Hutt, given they had dispatched the Southern League winners in their semi-final, stood at least a good chance of running Central close.
Unlike most of the football I blog about, there is plenty of writing on the subject of this one around the net so I won’t bore you with too many of the gory details, suffice to say it was a blood bath. But despite that, I was impressed with plucky Lower Hutt’s determination to come out and play. They refused to be overawed and knocked the ball around looking for goals throughout. But at the end of the day, Central were just too, too good. The men were quite literally sorted from the boys.
But while the locals were outclassed on the pitch, they more than made up for it with an absolutely magnificent crowd. There was a great contingent who came out and supported the Hutt with gusto. Like a mini version of the Phoenix’s Yellow Fever supporters, they refused to be deflated. They seamlessly transitioned from singing “Central! Central! You used to be good, you used to be good!” to a slightly more circumspect rendition of “We’re gonna win 7-6” when it turned out that the Aucklanders might still be pretty handy…
I’m not too sure how the final crowd number of 2,258 stacks up against previous finals played in Auckland but I suspect quite well.
A huge congratulations are due to Central United, their fifth Chatham Cup victory in their 50th jubilee year and it certainly won’t be their last.
Categories: NZ Chatham Cup
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