12 Sep 2010

Mirimar Rangers win Chatham Cup

5:53 pm on 12 September 2010

Wellington's Mirimar Rangers football team has defeated Auckland club Bay Olympic 3-1 in the Chatham Cup final at North Harbour Stadium.

The Mirimar goalkeeper, Paul Imray, had a man of the match performance for the winning side, with a string of saves to protect Miramar's lead and a crucial penalty stop in the 77th minute to keep Bay out of reach.

Tim Schaeffers gave the Wellingtonians a 12th minute lead when he capitalised on a well-struck free kick, and his defensive partner, Campbell Parkin, extended their lead to 2-nil just eight minutes later.

Bay Olympic pulled a goal back in the 34th minute thanks to a well-placed header by Nathan Strom, to go into the half-time break just one goal behind.

But the goalkeeping efforts of Imray kept the Auckland side at bay, Mirimar's Michael White extended the lead to 3-1 with a solo effort in the 75th minute.

It's the fourth time Mirimar have held the trophy, the last time just six years ago.