Waikato Cup and Plate finals decided at Cambridge

Otorohanga have beaten Cambridge in the final of the Soccer Shop Waikato Cup at John Kerkhof Park.

The two teams from Waikato Division B fought a tight contest which had them scoreless at half-time.

But a goal from Otorohanga’s Mason Apperley and an own goal gave the side a 2-0 victory and their biggest trophy success in many years.

For Cambridge, it was the second time in five years the club has finished runners-up in the cup.

Earlier, the Waikato Plate final was won by Waihi B in a thriller with Waikato Unicol that went to extra time and penalties.

Unicol led 2-1 at half-time but Waihi fought back to level the scores 3-3 by the end of extra time.

Unicol’s scorers were Bryn Davies, Henry Leech and skipper Jeong Hyuen (penalty) while Richard James scored a hat-trick for Waihi.

With his goals, James achieved the rare feat of scoring in every round of the competition.

In the penalty shoot out, Waihi found the net five times to Unicol’s four.

In 2013, on the same pitch, Waihi lost the plate final 4-3 to Cambridge in another thriller so this year’s victory compensated for that disappointment.

Cambridge were hosting the finals for the second year in a row and the event drew several hundred spectators, making the most of the WaiBOP Finals Day.

A free souvenir matchday magazine was available for WaiBOP Finals Day here:

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