Three Kings to face Waitakare


Three Kings United are one game away from the Chatham Cup fi­nal af­ter thrash­ing North Welling­ton at home 6-1 last Satur­day.

A hat-trick from for­mer All White Allan Pearce, two from Cameron Philpot and a goal from Har­ri­son Nash in the quar­ter­fi­nal keeps them in con­tention for New Zealand’s most pres­ti­gious club prize.

Coach Neil Sykes says they’ve played re­ally well this sea­son, and fans can ex­pect noth­ing less when they play in the semi­fi­nal on Au­gust 27.

They have been drawn against Waitakare City at Fred Tay­lor Park.

The other semi­fi­nal match will see Birken­head United host Mi­ra­mar Rangers.

Sykes ex­pects the do-or-die match to be tough and hopes fans will come out in numbers to sup­port the team as they play away from home.

‘‘We’ve played 15 games un­de­feated so far and we’re play­ing re­ally well.

‘‘We’re sec­ond in the league and we have a re­mark­able team.’’

The Chatham Cup is what the side has been work­ing to­wards af­ter four years of devel­op­ment.

Three Kings United has never won the Chatham Cup since it be­gan in 1923. They came close in the fi­nal in 2009 but lost to Welling­ton Olympic 2-1.

This is some­thing they will work hard to change come the end of the month.

‘‘We have lo­cal players, a very young team with most of our players from youth club. It took us four years of devel­op­ment to achieve these kinds of re­sults and it’s re­ally paid off.

‘‘The semi­fi­nal is just an­other game and we’re treat­ing it as such. If it gets us to that fi­nal then good for us,’’ Sykes says.

Last year’s Chatham Cup win­ners were Eastern Sub­urbs.

The 2016 sea­son has been out­stand­ing for Three Kings United Club.

The women’s side have al­ready won the NRFL premier ti­tle, with two games re­main­ing.

They also have had an un­de­feated streak in the league. Last Sun­day they thrashed Pa­p­a­toe­toe AFC 5-0.

The men’s team are in sec­ond spot with 36 points in the league leader­board, be­hind Cen­tral United who lead with 40 points.

Four games re­main for the side in the NRFL. They play against One­hunga Sports on Satur­day at 3pm.

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