The 2009 CFA Cup

CFA Cup finalists found
BCC to play City FC in the finale

BCC overcame a spirited contest with Super League side Western Utd to book their place in the cup final.

With the scores locked at 1-1 at halftime, the game was still wide open and either team could have advanced.

However, a flurry of goals to BCC saw the favourites from the Premier League eventually prevail 5-1.

Last week City FC scored a late winner to edge past Kiwi 3-2 in their League/Cup double header.

Rounds 1 and 2 summary

The CFA Cup whittled the teams away on Saturday to leave just the semi finalists.

In the womens league Bella beat BCC Grundies 1-0 to move into a semi against Te Atatu Tigers who overcame a combined Primal team 2-0. Due to the balance of teams the other semi-finalist will go straight to the final. That will be league leaders New Image after they edged past Kiwi 2-1.

In the mens competition there was an opportunity for giant killing with various Super and Power League teams mixed in with the Premier League boys. However, in the first round of matches there were few upsets as Premier League Kiwi, Albany, and AC Utd overcame lower league opposition (LIFE Utd, MNL Spirit, and Cavaliers respectively). West City and Alegria were the last remaining Power League teams but they were ousted by Western Utd and Auckland Knights respectively. The Knights retained the NZCFA Anniversary Shield with the win.

The other first round clashes were the games within the same league with Super League’s CCNZ and St Pauls battling it out, with St Pauls the victors. The all-Premier League clashes were Encounter vs City FC and BCC vs Eastview. City FC followed up their Quiz Trophy triumph the night before to move into the next round, while BCC created the biggest upset of the round winning 1-0 over an Eastview team previously unbeaten in 2009.

The Quarter finals were drawn as below:

AC Utd vs Kiwi
BCC vs St Pauls
City FC vs Auckland Knights
Albany vs Western Utd

The AC Utd/Kiwi game was won with a controversial penalty to Kiwi near the end. BCC were lacklustre but finally overcame a gritty St Pauls side 1-0 with a final minute goal. City FC accounted for Auckland Knights with a win that saw them grab the NZCFA Anniversary Shield and complete the “Quiz and Shield” double over the weekend. Western Utd caused the upset of the round, beating Albany on penalties.

The draw for the semis sees BCC vs Western Utd and City FC vs Kiwi. These games will be played on a weather restricted weekend or a double up Round Robin.

The 2008 CFA Cup

Winners: AC United
Runners Up: BCC Grundies
Final Score: AC United 2 V 0 BCC Grundies

The CFA Cup 2008 Competition report

AC United win the CFA Cup for Season 08!

CFA Cup Final
Wednesday 6 August, 2008, 7pm Kickoff
Bill McKinley Park, Ireland Road, Mt Wellington

Congratulations to the boys from AC United for winning the CFA Knock Out Cup.

In a new tradition of playing under lights excitement built as the sausages began to flow!
A good crowd descended on Bill McKinley Park to see two Premiership teams battle for Cup glory.

A good first half effort was good enough to keep BCC Grundies scoreless and has lifted the trophy for AC United.

A heavy field made playing conditions tough. After four weeks of solid rain the pitch was less than perfect, but after both teams had a few weeks off it was great to lace up the boots again! BCC pushed hard in a first ten minute onslaught had AC United at sixes and sevens and were unlucky not to take the lead when a header sailed over the bar with the goal open. But it was Max who slotted home early on, to take the lead to give some confidence and dominance back to AC United. The second goal came from a penalty from Toleyk after Max was taken down controversially, resulting in some huge receptions from the team and supporters as you would expect.

Leading 2-0 at the break the loud BCC supporters gave their team a huge boost but could not help them break down the staunch defence. BCC had substitutes a plenty and it was a big contrast with AC United as they struggled through the second half with only 11 men and some of them fading with cramp in the boggy conditions. A huge defensive effort in the second half saw the boys in red and black take the title and put some silverware in the trophy cabinet. It was more relief than excitement for AC United as the final whistle was blown, as they had their backs to the wall for the last 20 minutes.

James Patterson was voted player of the day for the final as he spearheaded the AC United defence and lead from the front. It is a classic cliche but defence won the match.

Special mention to the crowd and the BCC supporters club!. Loud cheering awaited the teams after the games final whistle, and the crowd appreciated a tough competition, in tough conditions.

Until next years Wednesday night CFA Cup fixture. Over and out!.

CFA Cup lives up to hype!

The CFA Cup lived up to its reputation as an exciting day of footy.

Anticipation buzzed as the 12pm draw was done, and hearts were racing as teams were matched up for round one. For the first time in many seasons, no real first round upset clashes were on the cards with all the top guns playing teams in lesser divisions. The only all Premier league game was between BCC Grundies and Albany where BCC grabbed a late equalizer and win in a 8-7 Penalty shootout.

2008 NZCFA Cup Round One Results
12.30pm Games
AC United 4 V 1 Cavaliers
Eastview 4 V 0 CCNZ
Crusaders 3 V 3 Horizon Tigers (Crusaders win 2-0 in penalties)
BCC Grundies 1 V 1 Albany (BCC Grundies win on penalties)

1.30pm Games
Kiwi 3 V 0 Alegria
City FC 6 V 0 West City
Internazionale 2 V 2 Waitakere Rangers (Internazionale win 4-3 in penalties)
Avondale Wanderers ? beat ? Avondale Reformers

The draw then took place for the quarter finals, with the big four of the Premier League after the CFA Cup round one all missing each other again on the draw, however Eastview were bailed out by Kiwi 1-0 and Crusaders lost to BCC Grundies, showing that the Grundies will be a good proposition in Round two after a confidence boosting first round in Division Two Super League. City FC took apart Internazionale and AC United took the easier road against Avondale Wanderers both booking the other places in the semi 2008 CFA Cup semi finals.

2008 NZCFA Cup Quarter Final Results

Crusaders 0 V 3 BCC Grundies
City FC 8 V 0 Internazionale
Kiwi 1 V 0 Eastview
AC United 6 V 0 Avondale Wanderers

So for the first time in a while the CFA Cup semi finals consist of all Premier League teams.

NZCFA Season08 CFA Cup Semi Finalists are:
AC United V Kiwi


The Womens comp saw Kiwi and New Image carry on their dominance and Faith Factory toppled BCC Grundies in the upset of the day. The Two Primal teams were squared off in the other battle.

New Image 2 V 1 Bella United
Faith Factory 2 V 0 BCC
Kiwi 4 V 0 Horizon Tigers
Primal Fire 2 V 1 Primal Pure

New Image V Faith factory
Kiwi V Primal Fire

CFA Cup Finalists are found…

BCC Grundies 4 V 3 City FC
BCC Grundies have shocked league leaders City FC in the first semi final of the CFA Cup. After shocking City FC with a 2-0 first half lead City FC lived up to their comeback reputation and took the lead 3-2 with 10 minutes to play, but BCC rallied to equalise through a penalty and a last gasp winner bailed City out of the CFA Cup knock out competition.

AC United 3 V 0 Kiwi
AC United possibly turned in their best performance of the season with a hard fought win in rainy conditions. With a 2-0 lead AC United needed to hold of the early Kiwi onslaught with their wind at their backs kiwi pressed to get back into the game. AC United went 3-0 up with half an hour to play with possibly the team goal of the season and ended Kiwis hopes of a CFA Cup final.

So AC United square off with BCC Grundies in the final with the Grundies happily taking the underdog tag and ready to pouce on another unsuspecting favourite.

The 2006 CFA Cup

Winners: Eastview
Runners Up: Roskill United
Final Score: Eastview 2 V 1 Roskill United

The CFA Cup 2005 Competition report

David and Goliath heorics fail to show up in the CFA Cup 2006.

The CFA Cup first two rounds were played on Saturday, and the giant killers of the past failed to turn up. In the past upsets have made the knockout tournament a unique and exciting competition, but after day 1 Premier League teams (1 relegated team) make up the top four semi finalists.

The live draw on the day saw two contrasting fortunes for the two powerhouse teams in the Premier League. Reigning champs Roskill United took the easy road of the draw, brushing aside two 3rd division teams in the opening day games while in contrast Eastview, who had a good draw last season had to tackle BCC in round one and the in form Crusaders in round two, with two close matches of 1 goal separating both games.

Meanwhile the other teams to progress were CLC Athletico with 2 good wins over lower 2nd division teams and Primal who took out rivals Albany on penalties after Hillsborough lost to Albany in the first round with the same fate.

A few games went to penalties including a 8-7 win to Alegria United over fellow promoted Waitakere Rangers, after both teams failed to convert chances from the spot.

The 2006 CFA Cup Semi Finals
Eastview V CLC Athletico
Roskill United V Primal

Roskill Triumph in Semi Final

Eastview V Roskill United in a repeat of last years final…

Roskill United continued their good form in the CFA Cup with a good 4-0 trouncing over second division Primal. With the scores close at the half with 1-0 posted, Roskill rallied to cruise home with some great strikes from Robbie Lynne from all round the box including a screamer from 35 yards, only denied by the post and crossbar. Larry from Primal was unable to stop the onslaught in goal and the fairy tale ends for second division Primal.

In a repeat of last seasons Cup final Roskill face Eastview, with Roskill reigning champs after a thriller in extra time in 2005. Fortunes also have turned around with Roskill have an easy run to the final with two third division teams, and one second division team, while Eastview took the hard road beating three first division teams on the road to the final. Last years comp saw Eastview take the easier road, so we will wait to see who takes the honours in the final later in the year. I???m sure Robbie Lynne and Eddie Roper will be one worth watching in the midfield!

Eastview easily accounted for CLC Athletico in their semi as their opposition failed to mount any serious challenge taking a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes and never looking like loosing the match.

2006 CFA Cup Final:

Eastview has won the 2006 CFA Cup with a tight final (Premiership double up game) between a spirited Roskill United. After Eastview took an early lead Roskill rallied to equalize only to eventually go down to Eastview who through clinical finishing know how to win games. With the Premiership already secured before the match, Eastview now turn their attention to the Championship.

The CFA Cup 2005

Winners: Roskill United
Runners Up: Eastview
Final Score: Roskill United 3 V Eastview 2 (Extra Time)

The CFA Cup 2005 Competition report

Rounds One & Two

The CFA Cup for 2005 kicked off in perfect conditions at Riversdale Park on Saturday 11th June with 16 teams hoping to lift the trophy.

Albany (Premier League)
Avondale Reformed (Super League)
Avondale Wanderers (Super League)
BCC (Premier League)
Cavaliers (Super League)
CCC United (Super League)
Crusaders (Premier League)
Eastview (Premier League)
Faith Factory (Power League)
Fiji CU (Super League)
Hillsborough (Premier League)
LMS (Premier League)
Primal (Super League)
Roskill United (Premier League)
Waitakere Rangers (Power League)
Wanderers (Premier League)

Round One

Round One saw some fantastic clashes, with most teams playing opposition outside their own league.

The match of the round was Premier League giants Roskill United challenged by a spirited Faith Factory. The little guys from the Power League played well above themselves to be a even 0-0 at half time. Both teams were still scoreless until the last 5 minutes, when Roskill slotted two goals to take a hard fought win.

In a tough introduction to Power League, LMS faced the might of Hillsborough, only to come away scoreless at 0-2. Premier superstars Eastview had a much easier run through to the next round, disposing of Cavaliers 5-0, while Crusaders toughed it out against Albany for a 2-1 win.

In other games, Avondale Reformed had the goal posts to thank for their 1-0 victory, as Waitakere Rangers had 5 shots bounce off the uprights in a very even game. BCC took a 3-1 win from Fiji CU, Primal beat Wanderers in a penalty shootout, and CCC United sent Avondale Wanderers home for an early shower.

It was a long day for those teams who made it through to Round Two. Not long their Round One victories, the winners were squaring off against each other???

Round Two

Roskill United again provided the match of the round, with a nail biter verses Hillsborough. Hillsborough started off the stronger team, dominating the ball and providing good ball to their strikers who harried the Roskill defence. Hillsborough???s pressure was soon rewarded with an excellent goal. Roskill, never a team to lay down on the job, soon lifted their game, and eventually evened the score. The final whistle blew with the scores level at 1-1, so it was down to penalties (best of 3, then sudden death). After 3 successful penalties each, the pressure really came on. Hillsborough were the first to blink, when their fourth penalty sailed well above the goal in a David Beckham special. The next Roskill striker kept cool, and slotted the winning penalty.

Crusaders faced another tough game against yet another Premier League team, but managed to hold BCC to a 2-1 win. Primal, having just been relegated to the Super League, hit their straps with a 2-0 victory over CCC United. Eastview had another walk in the park, and another 5-0 win, disposing of Avondale Reformed in convincing fashion, despite some heroic saves from the Avondale keeper.

The 2005 CFA Cup Semi Finals:
Roskill United vs Crusaders
Eastview vs Primal

Eastview breezed into the CFA Cup final on Saturday, thumping Primal 11-0. With the field waterlogged from the freezing rain which stopped just before kickoff, the Super League team couldn’t have asked for better conditions to slow down the Eastview flyers. However, Eastview continue to sweep aside all teams in their path to another CFA Cup final. Top goal scorers were Manton Colling (4) and Tom Milne (3). Eastview will play Roskill United in the CFA Cup final.

A favourable draw this season for Eastview and a tougher run for Roskill United. Roskill went through after 2 penalty shootouts in the quarter final against Hillsborough, and a semi against Crusaders. Eastview swept aside thier oponents with ease after not yet playing a Premiership side, and will play to regain their title won in 2004.

The 2005 CFA Cup Final:

Roskill United has handed Eastview their second defeat of the season with a 3-2 victory in golden goal extra time. After taking an early lead Roskill were in control in the match, and competed well with the Eastview squad after falling easily in Round robin matches. Eastview equalised to 1-1 and Roskill again took the lead to 2-1 with 20 minutes to go. Eastview equalised to 2-2 and had the chance to take the trophy with 5 minutes to go only to have a penalty saved by Warren in goal for Roskill. Extra time saw Kelvin Jones slot the winner from outside the 18 yard box and Roskill completed a successful two weeks, grabbing the double!

Women’s CFA Cup

In the Women???s CFA Cup:

CCC 3 Hillsborough 1
Bella United 3 CLCA Soul Sistas 0
LMS beat CLCA Two
BCC beat PGM BCC By Default.

Semi Finals draw is:
Bella United V CCC

Bella United took out the Women’s title with a superb 1-0 victory over the Championship winners BCC.

The CFA Cup 2004

Winners: Eastview
Runners Up: CCC Central

The CFA Cup 2004 Competition report

The CFA Cup 2004 has had an exciting first two rounds. With 2 second division teams and two first division teams making the semi finals proves the gap between divisions is rapidly closing!

Cup favourites CCC Central are through to the semi finals after beating old rivals Nomads 2-1 in the quarter final. Central are back to their clinical best this season, and have been in devastating form at the top of the Premier League.

Facing the favourites in the first semi final will be PGM. Undoubtedly the toughest, most physical team in the League, PGM will have to display a lot more control and discipline to overcome Central ??? especially after a scrappy quarter final against Avondale Wanderers, which they only won on penalties after a 1-1 draw. The strength and speed of PGM verses the flair and skills of CCC Central ??? this should be a great match-up.

Eastview employed their classic combination of fitness, hard running, and great ball skills to get through the first two rounds and into the semi finals. Seeing off CCC United 2-0 in the first round, and defending Cup holders Albany in the quarter final with a pentalty shoot-out, Eastview will have pick up their game another level if they want to lift the Cup after the finals.

Super League’s Cavaliers are the surprise semi final opponents for Eastview, after beating Waitakere Rangers 2-1 in a close game in the first round, then thumping an out of form Counties 3-1 in the quarter final. Cavaliers have the speed to match Eastview, and have the height advantage, but whether that is enough to counter the enthusiasm of a skilled Eastview team who thrive on winning matches will remain to be seen.

The odds pick a CCC Central – Eastview final, but I’ll be hoping for at least one of the other two teams to step up and win their semi, with Cavaliers looking most likely to force an upset.

Eastview achieve the NZCFA treble!

Eastview has stunned the NZCFA competition by beating the powerhouse of CCC Central in the CFA Cup final. After two weeks ago earning their first NZCFA 1st divison Premiership, they backed up their Championship victory with a 4-1 demolition in the CFA Cup final.

The game was a lot tighter than the score indicated as CCC Central took a 1 goal lead, only to have a great equaliser form Eastview just before the break. Eastview then took the lead with a controversial goal, and then nailed two extras with five minutes to go, to nail the NZCFA treble only achieved before by Counties a few seasons back.

A special mention goes to CCC Central who together with Eastview were by far the two top teams in the competiton only to be bridesmades to the Eastview champions. Congratulations to Eastview for a superb season, with an amazing record of 16 wins from 17 outings with NO draws and 1 loss to CCC Central in the first round. Quality.

The CFA Cup 2003

Winners: Albany
Runners Up: BCC

The CFA Cup 2003 Competition report

A day for the underdogs!

The CFA Cup Round 1 Results

Avondale Ref 3 V 2 Primal
Waitakere Rng 2 V 4 Saints Rock
CCC Central 3 V 5 Eastview
Avondal Bapt 1 V 4 Hillsborough
Counties 3 V 0 Nomads
Albany 6 V 1 PGM
BCC 9 V 0 Caveliers
South City 0 V 4 CCC United (def)

The CFA Cup knockout competition first round on Anzac Saturday lived up to its reputation of a great contest.

A day of results for the underdogs as the lower divisions proved they are worthy of challenging the best!

The game of the round.

CCC Central V Eastview
The CFA powerhouse V The CFA future up and comings! The day belonged to Eastview with a skillful display of good classic football and never being behind in the clash. CCC Central were always dangerous levelling the scores more than once only to be undone by the spirited Eastview who seemed to want the win more.

Avondale Ref V Primal
Another great upset of the day was Avondale Reformed taking victory over the newly formed Primal Squad still trying to find their feet and string together some form. The experience of Avondale having played together for so long showed as Primal pressed for an equaliser to send the game into extra time.

Hillsborough V Avondale Baptist
Hillsborough proved too strong for a spirited Avondale Baptist with four good goals, keeping the premier league hopes alive after CCC Central and Primal had bailed out. Hillsborough showed they are great contenders in the Knock Out cup.

Saints Rock V Waitakere Rangers
A game of two halves is an easy way to sum up this clash. With Waitakere going into the break with a good 2-0 lead and some other lost chances which could have made it more, came out in the second half and were out played by a revived Saints Rock! It was their first win of their season campaign.

Nomads V Counties
The “all Premier League clash” between arch rivals Nomads and Counties was a repeat of two weeks ago when Counties won a great clash 7-3 and this cup game was no exception. Nomads tried to reverse the result of the last game only to go down 0-3 to a consistant Counties team looking at progressing to the next round.

Albany V PGM
Albany proved too strong for newly formed PGM, as they gave a great example of playing as a team. PGM gave a good performance but Albany showed they have what it takes to progress to the next round.

BCC V Cavaliers
Finally a result to be expected as a good BCC team ran away with this game. A spirited performance from the Cavaliers but a good BCC side proved they are worthy of a position in the next round.

South City V CCC United
CCC United were gifted a second round spot as South City failed to show up. CCC United though had a good training session to prepare them for the next round.

2003 CFA Cup Round 2 Results

Avondale Reformed 3 CCCU 0
Hillsborough Baptist 3 Eastview 2
BCC 2 Counties 0
Albany 6 Saints Rock 2

2003 CFA Cup Semi Finals

Hillsborough V BCC
June 14, 12.30pm
(Double up competition round 9)

Avondale Reformed V Albany
July 5, Time and pitch TBA
(Competition bye for both teams)

2003 CFA Cup Winners

Albany defied all odds and beat favorites BCC in a warm up curtain raiser at Bill Mckinley Park in Mt Wellington for the CFA United Team.

The 2001 CFA Cup

The 2001 final saw a repeat of the 2000 final with holders Counties and perennial bridesmaids Nomads, fighting it out for the 2nd year in a row.

Nomads goalkeeper forgot he had a final to play so Ross Utton was brought out of retirement to fill in.
Games between these two are fiercely competitive with Nomads beating Counties 6-0 in thefirst round of the league, then Counties returning the favour 6-1 in the second round.

A good open game was anticipated and that is what referee Glenn Kennedy allowed. Making good use of the advantage rule, the referee allowed the game to flow. It was another epic game only decided in the last 10 minutes in which Counties scored twice to sink Nomads hopes of lifting the cup aloft.

Counties 3 V Nomads 1

The 2000 CFA Cup

The 2000 competition once again saw the use of the double up system with selected league games doubling as a cup game. Some excellent early round games saw Nomads once again make the finals against the hot favourites Counties.
The game was a see saw spectacular with counties and Nomads playing an open free flowing game. Goals were however hard to come by.
Near the end of the game a potentially ugly incident was turned around after Nomads were awarded a controversial penalty with only 5 minutes remaining.

Striker Daryl MacKie was deemed to have been tripped in the penalty area. The referee awarded the spot kick. After discussions with Mr MacKie who did not feel he had been fouled, Tony Hadwin sportingly put the penalty kick deliberately wide for a Counties goal kick.
The game went to golden goal extra time with Russell sealing it for Counties in the opening minutes.
Counties won the cup but to use an old cliche ….. sports (or rather -sportsmanship) was the winner on the day.
In a post match interview Mr Hadwin stated that he couldn???t have slept at night if he had scored the penalty and Nomads won in controversial circumstances.

The 1999 CFA Cup

The inaugural competition was a unique format with only the premier league involved. The format saw league games and cup games combined. Double the joy for the winners and double the sorrow for the losers.

Windsor Park and Nomads faught out the first final.

Craig Black sent Windsor into an early lead, with Ron Van Beleaux equalising for Nomads. Windsor went to the break 2-1 up. The 2nd half started with Windsor peppering the Nomads ensuring keeper Lloyd Evans earned his keep. Windsors constant pressure saw 2 more goals.
Windsor Park the victors 4-1.