Tuesday and Wednesday night saw some great football action as our men and women competed in the annual Challenge Cup competition.
The men’s competition kicked off on Tuesday with their first round whilst the women battled to win their quarter final games last night.
This year, 16 men’s teams have accepted the challenge and after many tight contests on a rainy Tuesday night only eight teams remain.
Two games came down to penalty shootouts after Curl Curl and St Augustine’s finished the 90 minutes with a one all draw, and Narrabeen and Pittwater were even with two goals apiece.
After successful shoot outs St Augustine’s and Pittwater will join the other victors in the quarter finals on the cup.
BTH knocked out the winter season leaders, CC Strikers, in a 3-0 victory to progress to the second round. Whilst Wakehurst took revenge against Mosman after a 1-0 loss in the winter season, defeating them 5-1.
Beacon Hill, Brookvale, Forest Killarney and Harbord all prevented the four AL1 teams from their chance of raising the cup and have made the remainder of the competition a Premier League event.
Wednesday night saw more Challenge Cup action as the women entered their quarter final stage.
Lionel Watts and Melwood hosted the four matches to determine who the semi finalist would be.
Mosman WPL dominated Avalon WAL1 with a 7-1 victory whilst Manly Allambie WPL secured their place in the semi-finals with a 3-1 victory over Forest Killarney.
Over at Lionel Watts a fierce rivalry took place between Wakehurst WPL and BTH WPL.
Only three days earlier the same local derby took place in the winter season with BTH having their first win with a 3-0 victory over their neighbour.
Last night was a chance for Wakehurst to avenge themselves, however it unfortunately slipped through their hands.
A tough competition saw the match end in a one all draw and sent to penalties where BTH once again reigned champions with a 4-3 result.
On the field over, Seaforth WPL took on Curl Curl WAL1’s.
With the score sitting at one all with 15 minutes to go the chance of another shootout was high. However, it will be Seaforth who continue through after finishing the game with a 2-1 lead.
The next Challenge Cup games will see more entertaining football as we go closer to naming our 2022 Challenge Cup champions.