Wellington Olympic defender Ben Mata defends against Napier City Rovers captain James Hoyle. Photo / Ian Cooper
IC1109soccer.JPG Wellington Olympic defender Ben Mata defends against Napier City Rovers captain James Hoyle. Photo / Ian Cooper
Napier City Rovers’ Chatham Cup 2022 campaign ended with a 4-0 loss to Wellington Olympic in the fourth round at Bluewater Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Central League leaders, who are unbeaten in 12 games, including another 3-0 win over Rovers in Wellington in April, proved too much for Napier to contain.
The game started as a typically tense cup tie with the defenses of both teams in the lead.
Olympic finally gained midfield supremacy and got good serve for their dangerous attacking trio of Gianni Bouzoukis, Jesse Randall and Kailan Gould.
Wellington midfielder Nati Hailemariam crossed the line in the 40th minute and slipped a pass to Bouzoukis but his tame shot was stopped by Rovers keeper Oscar Mason.
The visitors took the lead a few minutes later when a corner kick at the far post was pressed by defender Ben Mata.
Napier had a decent chance to level the scores before half-time, pushing up the numbers on the counter-attack, but Cameron Emerson’s contact inside the box was heavy and it was 1-0 down. the break.
Former Hawke’s Bay United striker Jesse Randall hit the post from a tight angle minutes after half-time.
Napier City Rovers striker Leaford Allen could only scuff his shot on goal in the 52nd minute after a good shot from Emerson, creating an easy save for Olympic keeper Scott Basalaj.
The visitors hit the post again through Bouzoukis but he made no mistake five minutes later to make it 2-0 on the hour mark.
Former Rovers striker Kailan Gould scored twice in the final 20 minutes; the two tap-ins after a signature cut.
Between those goals, Jonny McNamara missed a penalty for Napier City Rovers on a day to forget for the hosts.
Olympic ended the game with 10 men after defender Justin Gulley received his second yellow card for a reckless challenge in injury time.
Napier City Rovers won’t have to wait long for revenge – their next home game on July 24 will see Wellington Olympic return to town for the reverse Central League game.
Rovers head out to Petone next weekend, while Havelock North Wanderers are home to Hawke’s Bay Regional Sports Park for the Miramar Rangers visit on Sunday afternoon.