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Ex-Wai United players shine

Former Wairarapa United players played crucial roles in Christchurch United lifting the Chatham Cup in a dramatic final against Hamilton club Melville United at North Harbour Stadium on Sunday.

Coached by former Wairarapa United and Wellington Phoenix star Paul Ifill, the Christchurch side took a fortunate 2–0 lead at halftime through two own goals, but Melville weren’t to be denied with goals to Lucca Lim after 72 minutes and goalkeeper Max Tommy in the 98th minute sending the 100th final for the prized trophy to extra time.

With no further scoring, the cup holder was to be decided by penalties, and three ex-Wairarapa players were to the fore.

Cameron Lindsay coolly slotted his attempt, and then goalkeeper Scott Morris pulled off a brilliant save, leaving it for captain Matt Tod-Smith to seal the victory, 4–2, winning the trophy for the first time since 1991.

Riley Grover completed the Wairarapa contingent and played a crucial role in defence for the champions.

Chris Cogdale
Chris Cogdale
Chris “Coggie” Cogdale has extensive knowledge of sport in Wairarapa having covered it for more than 30 years, including radio for 28 years. He has been the sports guru at the Wairarapa Times-Age since 2019.

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