Christchurch United deserved more in first round of Chatham Cup

Christchurch United didn’t manage to win against Mainland Premier League side Nomads United yesterday, in the first round of the Chatham Cup.

The game, which was played at English Park, saw Christchurch United coming away with less than they deserved, having the better chances of both teams during the game.

Midfielder Russell Brooker tries to create a chance for his team.

Nomads United, who are in 5th spot in the Mainland Premier League, didn’t impress in the first half and needed to put in more effort than they thought before they started the game. Christchurch United created several chances by playing their usual football, but didn’t make the right choices in the attacking third. With Nomads not creating a lot on the other side, the teams went into the half-time break with a 0-0 score.

Jonny Cochrane played against his old club yesterday.

Christchurch United came out of the dressing room knowing that the game was up for grabbing, but a stronger Nomads United side than in the first half, had the same thoughts. The team that got promoted from the Canterbury Championship League last season, pressed higher, which made it harder for Christchurch United to play their own game.

Just into the second half, after a corner wasn’t defended out well by the current Championship side, Ryan Batty opened the score for Nomads United. Only 5 minutes later, Christchurch United bounced back, by a great shot from distance that came from the foot of midfielder Henry Finnis.

The team celebrates the equalizer scored by Henri Finnis together.

While Christchurch United was pushing for the win in the final part of the game, Nomads United managed to break out quick on the other side of the pitch, leaving the Christchurch United defence behind in doubt. The boys in blue and white didn’t manage to come back from that goal, which means they are no longer competing for the silverware.

Mike de La Cour was in charge of the first team yesterday, as Fernando Lambert was in Australia, getting his UEFA A License.

Next Saturday, Christchurch United will resume the competition, with a home game against Burwood. This game will be played at the Christchurch Football Centre, with a 2.30pm kick-off.

Other Senior Results:

Christchurch United Reserves  3 – 3  Waimak United Reserves

Christchurch United C  0 – 17  HU 1964s

Christchurch United Pressies  5 – 0  Universities

Christchurch United Cows  8 – 1  HU Globe Trotters