Canterbury welcomed Tasman to English park for a Mainland Derby, in what was the last game before the Christmas break. Canterbury had to work hard and be patient before two 2nd half goals in quick succession earned them all 3 points.
Nomads welcomed Cashmere Technical to Tullet Park on Sunday, which saw last year Champions, Nomads, play against this years’ MPL winners Cashmere Technical. Tech were hoping to get their South Island Football League journey back on track after a 1-0 loss to Nelson last week. It was the perfect reply as Cashmere Technical came out 6-1 winners on the day.
A sunny afternoon at Garrick Memorial Park saw Cashmere Technical host Coastal Spirit. A win for Cashmere Technical would see them be crowned the Southern Football League champions. Cashmere Technical persevered and did enough to win 2-0 to cement their place as the champions.
In the Chatham Cup 1st round Ferrymead Bays FC hosted Universities FC. Bays oped for a somewhat rotated side as they looked to bounce back after a disappointing league match against Cashmere Technical last week. Bays were without some key players through injury, notable Michael White, whilst UC were without their recent departure Sam Howes. Bays would get an early grip on the match and were tactically impressive to see off UC 3-0.
Canterbury United hosted Wellington Phoenix Reserves in a must win match at ASB Park, with Canterbury looking at making the top 4. After giving away a 1-0 lead, Canterbury managed to grab a 3-2 victory with the winner coming from an unlikely source.
Tasman United welcomed Canterbury United to Trafalgar Park, in what was the Mainland Derby. It was 5th versus 6th on the table with Canterbury looking to get a win to break into the top 4. It was Canterbury who looked a much revitalised side after the festive break and managed to outplay Tasman 6-0.
It was a game of two halves at English Park as Canterbury United welcomed Eastern Suburbs to town in the ISPS Handa Premiership. The hosts came from 2 goals down to grab their first win of the season with a 3-2 victory.
The All Whites were in Tokyo to take on the Samurai Blue of Japan, for their final ‘dress rehearsal’ before they clash in the intercontinental playoff in November. A late winner for Japan finished off the All Whites 2-1, which led to many bittersweet feelings for the Kiwis.
A nice evening at English Park saw FC Twenty take on title challengers Cashmere Technical. Cashmere needed a win to ensure that they were still in the title hunt come the last round of the season. It was the experienced Cashmere Technical side vs a youthful FC Twenty 11 side which Cashmere ultimately pipped 2-1 winners.
Selwyn 2 vs Christchurch United 1
A rainy Tuesday night set the scene for the MPL promotion decider between Selwyn United and Christchurch United. Under the floodlights at Selwyn’s Foster park with a vibrant home crowd that got to witness Selwyn’s first ever promotion into the Mainland top tier competition, Mainland Premier League.
Cashmere Technical 5 vs Ferrymead Bays 2
A flooded Christchurch saw MPL’s two giants lock horns on Saturday 22nd July. 1st place Cashmere Technical hosted 2nd place Ferrymead Bays at English park in a must win match for both sides. Cashmere Technical won key battles and ultimately ran away with a 5-2 lead, with one individual stealing the show.