More Cup glory for Tikipunga

28/09/2012 14:15

Tikipunga vs. Kerikeri, Federation One Cup final, 22nd September 2012

*More Cup glory for Tikipunga*

By Arriane Christie

Tikipunga won the Federation One Cup for the first time on Saturday after
beating Kerikeri in a penalty shootout at Kamo.

Tikipunga started strongly and kept Kerikeri in their defensive half for
the first 15 minutes. They gained the lead after Steve Crowley scored off a
pass over the defenders from Chris Mitchell.

Fifteen minutes before the break, Tikipunga were unlucky not to be awarded
a penalty shot after Mark Ruddell was taken out by the keeper in the box.
Tikipunga player Daniel Dunbar commented that this gave Kerikeri an
opportunity to get back into the game, and they did. They kept the pressure
on Tikipunga until the half time break.

A defensive error straight from the second half kick-off gave Kerikeri the
chance to equalise. Tim Obrez stole the ball off a Tikipunga defender and
slotted the goal to take the score to one-all.

From then on it was one-way traffic in Tikipunga’s favour, but they could
not convert the pressure, thanks to some outstanding goal keeping from
Kerikeri’s Chris West, which forced the game to extra time.

After thirty more minutes of play, the deadlock still could not be broken.
In the resulting penalty shootout, Kerikeri made the first mistake when
their fourth penalty went wide. It was fitting then that Tikipunga’s golden
boot, Steve Crowley stepped up to kick the last penalty home and hand
Tikipunga the Cup.

The Federation One Cup was added to last year’s league winner’s trophy
cabinet alongside the Stafford Choat Cup which they won a week previous.