Cup dream over, ba­sics now

Central Leader - - SPORT - By JU­LIAN RAETHEL

The Chatham Cup dream is over for Mt Al­bert Pon­sonby AFC but there’s no time to dwell on it.

MAP were blown away by Ora­tia United at Parrs Park on May 31 af­ter be­ing level 0-0 at the break.

Ora­tia showed their class with three sec­ond-half goals to Hay­den Pett, An­drew Kapteyn and Mark Withers to take the match 3-0.

MAP co-coach Brian Stanyer says he’s keen to move on quickly as his side pre­pares to face Man­gere United in their NRFL di­vi­sion one match on June 5.

Sit­ting in ninth po­si­tion, a slump at this stage of the sea­son could see the club slip dan­ger­ously.

‘‘Ob­vi­ously we’re dis­ap­pointed [with the Chatham Cup loss] but we’ve re­ally got to con­cen­trate on the league and avoid the rel­e­ga­tion zone,’’ he says.

MAP also lost the Al­lan Smallman Tro­phy to Ora­tia – which hasn’t been con­tested in more than five years since both clubs have played in dif­fer­ent leagues.

Smallman was a well-liked char­ac­ter who man­aged both teams, Stanyer says.

It’s been an un­set­tled year for MAP, with Stanyer and Paul Col­gate tak­ing the coach­ing reigns af­ter Nick Sned­den re­signed six weeks ago.

‘‘We’ve been a bit of a band aid,’’ Stanyer says. ‘‘The play­ers have been bril­liant.’’

In the big Chatham Cup match on May 31 Cen­tral United were too good Glen­field, win­ning 3-0 Ki­witea Street.

Mario Ilich, Finn Cochran and Vin­cent Pineau all scored for the home team to see them march into the next round.

In the women’s ASB Knock­out Cup, Three Kings’ match with Forrest Hill Mil­ford has been post­poned. for at

Pho­tos: DAVID JOSEPH / PHOTOTEK

Mt Al­bert Pon­sonby’s Rory Kelly swings his boot through the ball.

Neil Dayal clears up field for Mt Al­bert Pon­sonby.

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