Franklin United – 9 June 2018

Nine minutes into the Chatham Cup game Queen’s Birthday Monday, it was called off due to atrocious conditions including lightning and thunder. That game was rescheduled for last Saturday. A classic cup tie played out at Drury Sports Grounds between Franklin United and Waikato UniCol. Franklin United started with intentions of showing they were a division above and had it not been for more clinical finishing, it could’ve been 2-0 up in the first ten minutes. The visitors took the lead with a well worked free kick catching Franklin marking slack at the back and the visitors taking a surprise lead. However this did not deter the home side to push forward for an equaliser when Charlie Heather came close to equalising. The ball was quickly switched to the other end of the pitch with a swift counter-attack, and Franklin found themselves 2-0 down at half time. The second half was all Franklin United as they pushed to get back into the game and the equaliser came through substitute Devon Andrews with a neat glancing header from an accurate cross from Daniel Billot. Franklin pushed for the equaliser when Charlie Heather found Daniel Billot who made no mistake with a powerful strike into the net to make it 2-2. Franklin pushed for the winner and it looked like they would be the team that came out on top however there was a sting in the tail as Waikato UniCol grabbed a 96 minute winner with a fine strike from their centre forward leaving them to face Central United in the next round of the Chatham Cup.
First Team Chatham Cup Round 2: Franklin United 2 – Waikato Unicol 3. Goal Scorer: Devon Andrews (1), Daniel Billot (1). PIC Player of the Day: – Rinal Prasad. Reserves Team: No game.

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