Napier con­quer Tawa

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

The cup run is over. Now it’s time to fo­cus on the league.

Tawa AFC were knocked out of foot­ball’s Chatham Cup in the fourth round by Napier City Rovers on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

The Cen­tral League teams know each other well, but it was Rovers’ size and fin­ish­ing that en­abled them to progress at Red­wood Park.

Both teams opened their ac­counts in stun­ning fash­ion.

Rovers were on the board in­side six min­utes with a shot from out­side the box, but home spec­ta­tors were in rap­tures af­ter Mike Ra­maek­ers curled in a left foot equaliser on 20 min­utes.

Two goals be­fore half­time were killer blows to the home side. Both came from set pieces – a free kick and a cor­ner – and Tawa were then chas­ing the game.

A penalty for a hand ball put the nail in the home side’s cof­fin in the sec­ond spell, be­fore Rus­sell Kyne got a con­so­la­tion for Tawa to make it 4-2.

Tawa coach Dan Wood said he could not fault the ef­fort, but that size mat­tered.

‘‘It was al­ways go­ing to be a tough ask,’’ he said.

‘‘Napier are very big lads all around the park and we strug­gled to con­tain them, es­pe­cially at the set pieces.

‘‘I thought we were bet­ter in the first half. We had a few chances and scrapped well.

‘‘We’re pretty dis­ap­pointed, but I couldn’t fault our ef­fort.

‘‘Napier are a good side who al­ways pose an at­tack­ing threat and they were much bet­ter on the day.’’

Wood said the main ben­e­fit of a good run in the Chatham Cup was that his team were build­ing con­fi­dence by win­ning games, some­thing that had not al­ways been hap­pen­ing in the Cen­tral League lately.

‘‘Our fo­cus will al­ways be the league and we have a big month of foot­ball com­ing up.’’

With eight games to go, Tawa sit third from bot­tom on nine points. They play lowly Up­per Hutt and Lower Hutt on July 5 and 19 re­spec­tively.

Out of the cup: Steve Romijn’s Tawa side were bun­dled out of the Chatham Cup by a strong Napier City Rovers side on Sun­day.

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