Cambridge FC’s D1 team tumbled out of the Waikato Plate after a dramatic quarter-final which saw seven goals and extra time.
The Waikato Division D team lost 4-3 to Te Aroha Cobras at John Kerkhof Park.
The visitors started strongly, quickly going into a two-goal lead.
But the D1s fought back and with goals from Scott Jenkins (penalty) and Ben Ward, they tied the game up 2-2 at the end of normal time.
Te Aroha took a 3-2 lead in the first spell of extra time and then appeared to put the result beyond doubt when scoring again with eight minutes of the extended match to go.
Cambridge’s Kieran Vollebregt managed to find the net in the dying minutes to set up a thrilling finish.
Both teams had late chances to score and Cambridge forced a series of corners, but to no avail.
Remarkably, the final whistle marked the end of a particularly testing day for three Cambridge players.
Their Saturday began with school football, with the trio playing for Cambridge High School in their 8-2 loss to St John’s.
They then turned out for Cambridge in the Loaded WaiBOP Championship, a match won 3-2 by Otumoetai.
And then they found the energy to help the D1s in their Waikato Plate tie.
Main photo: The D1s put Te Aroha under pressure in the dying stages of the Plate match.