Cambridge’s A team are through to the second round of the Waikato Cup after cruising to a 10-1 win against Cambridge D1s.
Playing under floodlights on Thursday evening, the A team made sure of their place in the next round with goals from Peter Buesnel (4), Andrew Thomas (2), Ryan Ashby (2), Alex Ball and Mitchell Claridge.
Buesnel (pictured) is shooting for his third cup final in as many years, having played last year for cup runners-up Cambridge B and in 2016, he was in the losing Te Awamutu B team.
The A’s did not have it all their own way with the score tied at 1-1 after 40 minutes, after Ball’s opening goal and Fabian Burgos had scored for the D1s.
But a goal just before half-time tilted the balance and sent the A’s into the break 2-1 ahead.
The second half gradually became one-way traffic and the A team can now look forward to a weekend off and to next week’s cup draw.
The D1s will now go into the first round draw for the Waikato Plate.
Meanwhile, the Cambridge D2 team plays Te Awamutu A in the Waikato Cup at John Kerkhof Park on Saturday.
Cambridge will be looking to emulate the feat of the club’s Waikato B team who last year reached the final of the Waikato Cup, losing the final to Otorohanga B at John Kerkhof Park.
Recent winners of the Ron White Trophy (Waikato Cup)
2017: Otorohanga B 2, Cambridge 0 (played at John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge)
2016: Northern United A 1 Te Awamutu B 0 (played at John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge)
2015: Eastern City 2 Claudelands Rovers 0 (played at Te Awamutu Stadium)
2014: Claudelands Rovers A 2 Hamilton Wanderers A 1 (played at Te Awamutu Stadium)
2013: Hamilton Wanderers A 5 Cambridge A 2 (played at John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge)
2012: Claudelands Rovers A 4 Claudelands Rovers B 3 (after extra time) (played at Galloway Park, Claudelands)
2011: Hamilton Wanderers A 2 Hamilton North 0 (played at Porritt Stadium, Hamilton)
2010: Hamilton Wanderers A beat Otorohanga D (after extra time)
2009: Claudelands Rovers A 3 Cambridge A 2 (after extra time)
2008: Winners — Cambridge
2007: Winners — Hamilton Wanderers