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The Waimak United men’s squads travelled to Ashburton in the weekend to face Mid Canterbury. The reserves had a fantastic win 6-0 to get the day off to a great start.  The CCL had a much tougher assignment. They were first to score when Danny Loney found the back of the net after beating his defender. But Mid Canterbury scored soon after, when Waimak failed to clear a ball clipped into the box, and Waimak keeper Jonty Ashworth was beaten to the ball by Mid Canterbury striker. The home side struck again to take a 2-1 lead but Waimak were beginning to get some ascendency in possession. Some great combination play in midfield, and some urgency in the box, finally saw Kane Fraser finish and level the match 2 all.  Waimak then had a number of chances to close out the match, but it took a cheeky kick direct from the corner from Luke Fraser, that caught the keeper off his line, to give Waimak the win 3-2.

The Premier women faced Cashmere Technical at home. It was an even match with Tech scoring first, and then Jayda Stewart levelled the score. However, Tech found a winner late in the game to win 2-1. This result cements the girls third placing in the Premier League. The two sides faced each other again on Wednesday night in the Reta Fitzpatrick Cup ¼ final, however it was anything but even.  Waimak struggled to get into the match and Tech had scored two goals within the first ten minutes.  The North Canterbury girls did start to find some composure, and it took Tech a further thirty minutes to find their third goal. Waimak then got themselves on the board, when Annabel Surveyor was taken down just outside the box, and Emily Cooper was able to convert the free kick. In the second half Waimak battled and to their credit kept trying to attack and get in behind the Cashmere Technical defence. But it was Tech who would finish a further four goals, ending the match 7-1, and proceeding to the Cup semifinals.

In the Canterbury United Development youth leagues, the Waimak 15th grade boys defeated Nomads 1-0, the 14’s had a 1-1 draw with Ferrymead Bays, and the 13’s lost to Cashmere Technical 1-3. The 18th grade girls had a 1-3 lost to St Albans Shirley, and the 14th grade girls had a 3-1 win over St Albans Shirley

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