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Auckland Sides Sent South For Cup Semifinals

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Auckland Sides Sent South For Cup Semifinals

Wellington, July 27 NZPA - Two Auckland clubs face away trips for the semifinals of the Chatham Cup soccer competition, with 2008 champions East Coast Bays facing three-time winners Miramar Rangers in Wellington and Bay Olympic trekking to Dunedin to play Caversham on the weekend of August 14 and 15.

Today's draw also opened the possibility of a Cup final being hosted in Wellington or Dunedin.

New Zealand Football confirmed that if the final, played on the first weekend in September, featured no Auckland team the game would be played at the ground of one of the finalists rather than North Harbour Stadium, the host of nine of the last 11 finals.

Bay Olympic coach Shane Knowles acknowledged a Caversham side in hot Cup form and within striking distance of a Football South premier league title would be a big challenge for his team but that the chance of making a Chatham Cup final was ample motivation.

"They'll be pretty tough down there there's no doubt about it, but you've got to beat the top teams to win the cup," Knowles said.

"The Chatham Cup is special, and it's a high priority for us. All the players look forward to it and from a winter football point of view there's nothing bigger than winning the Chatham Cup."

Chatham Cup semifinals on the weekend of August 14-15: Caversham v Bay Olympic in Dunedin,

Miramar Rangers v East Coast Bays in Wellington.

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