Onehunga Sports pull off dramatic Chatham Cup win over Central United in penalty shoot-out




Onehunga Sports goalkeeper Lewis Caunter had the final and telling say as his team beat Central United on penalties to lift the Chatham Cup.

A dramatic all-Auckland club final in Albany featured no shortage of goals and drama, resulted in Onehunga Sports winning the 90th edition of the knockout tournament for the first time.

Five-time champions Central United led on three different occasions during regular time but their rivals kept harnessing equalisers, leaving the scores locked 3-3 at fulltime.

No goals were scored as heavy rain and wind affected play during 30 minutes of extra time.

Every penalty taker was successful through the first five rounds of the shootout.

Calvin Opperman put Onehunga 6-5 ahead before former Wellington Phoenix midfielder Albert Riera had his shot saved by Caunter.

It hands the winners a league-Cup double, having recently been crowned Northern Region champions.

Onehunga Sports are coached by former Football Kingz defender Hiroshi Miyazawa, and the dynamic former Football Kingz midfielder Leigh Kenyon.

The earlier match saw Glenfield Rovers win a nine-goal thriller over fellow-Auckland club Eastern Suburbs to clinch the women's club Knockout Cup.

The 5-4 final win in cold, wet conditions at QBE Stadium in Albany was secured in the closing stages when Dayna Stevens and Georgia Brown scored their second goal each in quick succession to put their side 5-3 ahead.

Glenfield secured a fourth Knockout Cup win in the last six years, bringing delight to coach Andy Clay and his players.

"There is a huge amount of elation within our team right now," he said.

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